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Fairness and The Brain (and Other Neuroeconomic Studies)

by Luke Landes

The California Institute of Technology is undertaking a study in neuroeconomics, and it has to be one of the most interesting things I’ve come across in the realm of finance in the past few years. The researchers are undertaking experiments in which they measure reactions in the brains of individuals [WSJ] who must decide to ... Continue reading this article…

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Where’s the Line Between Taking and Taking Advantage?

by Sasha

Archetypical contributed a great comment to my last entry, Surviving (and Thriving) on $12,000 a Year, with a very different take on Donna Freedman’s story: I think frugality is great, and there are certainly things we could all do without, but I refuse to glorify this woman who gets praised for leaching off of everyone. ... Continue reading this article…

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Surviving (and Thriving) on $12,000 a Year

by Sasha

I really enjoyed Donna Freedman’s recent article, Surviving (and thriving) on $12,000 a year. While it contains some great tips on conscious spending, it’s also tremendously inspirational, making me feel that anything can be possible if you’re willing to have some tradeoffs. As I read more and more about others’ net worth online, I start ... Continue reading this article…

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Check Your ING Direct Overdraft Protection

by Luke Landes

If you have ING Direct’s “Electric Orange” checking account with an overdraft line of credit, check your account if you haven’t done so recently. A number of readers commented today that their overdraft limit has been reduced or eliminated over the last few days. Divine responded to an earlier post about ING Direct closing customer ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Best Handle Old Credit Card Accounts

by Luke Landes

One of the best things you can do to build awareness of your financial condition is to view your credit report. Granted, in this case, it’s your perceived condition, not by your friends, neighbors, and nosy individuals who think they can tell how much you earn by the car you drive or the clothes you ... Continue reading this article…

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Sumo Lounge: Not Your Average Beanbag Chair

by Luke Landes

The other day, I arrived home to see two boxes, one large, one smaller, waiting for me on my doorstep. A quick inspection verified that the shipment came from Sumo Lounge, who were sending Consumerism Commentary some product samples for review. Sumo Lounge sells hip, urban furniture in the form of huge nylon sacks filled ... Continue reading this article…

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American Express Offer Extended

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Good news for those looking to make the most of American Express’s offer for a free round-trip airline ticket (or 25,000 Membership Rewards points to use otherwise). The offer has been extended to October 15. I won’t spend too much ... Continue reading this article…

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pfblogs.org Financial Literacy Challenge at DonorsChoose

by Luke Landes

HC at One Big Mortarboard has organized a campaign to raise a total of $1,500 out of about $1,900 remaining to fully cover four projects focusing on bringing money management skills to the schools. Teachers have personally submitted these projects to DonorsChoose to find funding. One project, in which elementary school students will be provided ... Continue reading this article…

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Roundup for the Week Ending October 6

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond worth checking out if you haven’t already. Ten Steps for Dealing With a Lost Wallet. FiveCentNickel suggests jogging your memory, calling around, offering a reward, and more. I’m reminded of one time I lost my wallet many years ago. It turned up on top of ... Continue reading this article…

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Do Not Call List About to Expire

by Luke Landes

There’s little doubt that the federal Do Not Call list is a good thing for most people throughout the United States. All you have to do is sign up with your phone number and a valid e-mail address, and you will be protected from most dinnertime annoyances (besides your children)… … for five years. For ... Continue reading this article…

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