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Don’t Tell Teens Too Much About Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

I wrote earlier about the JumpStart Coalition‘s highlight of the Citi Curriculum for children in kindergarten through young adults. I thought this curriculum had excellent suggestions for teaching students of a variety of ages about basic tenets of money management. Janet Bodnar, an author and seminar leader, thinks these lessons have too many details. I ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Signs You are About to Lose Your Job

by Luke Landes

Many of us depend on our employers for our livelihood. Even those not living paycheck-to-paycheck count on being employed to build up savings, invest and insure for the future, and of course pay the bills. Here are some things to look out for. If these apply to you, start hedging your bets and planning for ... Continue reading this article…

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New American Express Bonus: 40,000 Points (for Big Spenders)

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. The American Express Business Gold Rewards Card recently changed its sign-up offer. Previously, the card offered 25,000 bonus points redeemable for a round-trip airline ticket, $250 in gift certificates, or $125 in cash. Now the card is offering 40,000 bonus ... Continue reading this article…

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Want to Make $450,000 a Year? Become a Portfolio Manager

by Sasha

When we last met, I was crowing about having paid off $52,050.74 in student loan principal. I’m still mighty proud of that particular achievement, but this morning, an article from Ignites, an electronic publication available to corporate subscribers only, crossed my path and completely changed my perspective. The article? Average Portfolio Manager Pay Tops $450K. ... Continue reading this article…

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Former Big Spenders Trading Down

by Luke Landes

Newsweek in an upcoming article has taken note of a changing trend. Americans who in the past several years would choose certain items important to them on an individual level and spend more, this behavior is changing. Expensive coffee drinks, shoes, entertainment are some examples. People with a passion for a product have had no ... Continue reading this article…

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Debunking 13 Retirement Myths, Part 2

by Luke Landes

On Monday I began debunking retirement myths with the help of Money Magazine with the first seven of 13. Today I’m presenting the remaining 6 common errors in thinking. Myth #8: Your house can finance retirement. I’ve said this before — your house is not a retirement plan. Real estate investments are another matter; unlike ... Continue reading this article…

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$52,050.74: A Farewell to Student Loans

by Sasha

Ah, student loans. The things that remember you long after you’ve completely forgotten the entire college experience. Although I finished college in 1997 and graduate school in 2000, loan payments to Sallie Mae have been a constant fixture ever since, like a little wound I’d nurse which just wouldn’t stop bleeding. Even when making double ... Continue reading this article…

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Filthy Rich

by Sasha

USA Today has a nice article and amusing video online detailing those who have made their fortunes by doing work no one else wants to do. Among those profiled are a six-figure-earning septic business owner, a wealthy fertilizer industry CEO who worked his way up and, most notably, the founder and several franchise owners of ... Continue reading this article…

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Giveaway: Free Sumo Lounge Omni Chair

by Luke Landes

If you’re visiting Consumerism Commentary for the first time, please take a look around and subscribe to our RSS feed. So far, this has to be one of my favorite giveaways. Who wants yet another book about money when you could have a postmodern bean bag chair? Last week, I reviewed the Sumo Lounge Omni ... Continue reading this article…

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Debunking 13 Retirement Myths, Part 1

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine is on the scene again, spreading the truth about retirement, contrary to some popular beliefs. Within, these is some good news alongside bad news. Here are the highlights. Myth #1: You need a big income to have a big nest egg. Some creativity can go a long way. By finding ways to save ... Continue reading this article…

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