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Guest Post: The Weak Dollar is Killing Americans’ Wealth

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post from Pinyo, author of Moolanomy, a personal finance blog about money, wealth, investing, and more. Subscribe to Moolanomy’s RSS feed here. In this article, Pinyo’s excitement about his net worth increase is tempered by the declining value of the dollar. I just completed my September net worth review and noticed ... Continue reading this article…

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More Credit Cards With Sign-Up Bonuses

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers expired and are no longer available. Credit card companies want to drag customers in, and sometimes offer nice bonuses to encourage applications. If you know how to handle a credit card, bonuses can pay off nicely. Here is an updated list of current bonuses available. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, September 2007 (Net Income: $7,529)

by Luke Landes

This is the second article in my monthly short series in which I report my financial details. This income report goes along with the balance sheet recently posted. September was more of a typical month than the past few. I had fewer out of the ordinary expenses, but I’ll get to that in a little ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, September 2007 ($116,475, +9.4%)

by Luke Landes

This may seem “weird” to new Consumerism Commentary readers, but this blog started as a place for me to semi-publicly track my financial progress. Each month, I take a look at my finances in excruciating detail, and now it’s time to look at my “modified net worth” for the end of the month of September ... Continue reading this article…

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Is Ticket Scalping Fair?

by Luke Landes

Parents are complaining about the high price of tickets for Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concerts thanks to scalpers. Like any popular event, whether a concert or sporting event, ticket brokers buy tickets early on — somehow — and resell them with a huge mark-up. Is it fair? I don’t think so, but not for the typical ... Continue reading this article…

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Sports Team Disappointment: A Customer Service Issue?

by Luke Landes

It never struck my mind when the Mets blew their chances of October baseball this past weekend, during their downward spiral in the last several weeks, or even following the game I attended during which the team lost, that I should call the ownership and complain about the service provided to me as a paying ... Continue reading this article…

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The Great Pumpkin and Pumpkin Economy

by Sasha

Yesterday, at the local CSA farm I belong to, I couldn’t help but smile at the young boy who dragged his mother eagerly round and round the bins of big orange pumpkins which were part of our share for the week. “Are you the Great Pumpkin? Are you?” he’d announce, addressing the giant orange orbs ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Roundup, Redesign Edition

by Luke Landes

As you may have noticed, we’ve been undertaking a redesign at Consumerism Commentary, with the intent of reducing clutter. Feel free to leave any comments, particularly if there is any features that no longer work for you. Here are a few articles I’ve read from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this past week: Index Funds Plus ... Continue reading this article…

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Account Watchers and Account Ignorers Anonymous, Meet Mint

by Sasha

A review of Mint.com follows. Seven years ago, you would have found me blissfully unaware of my spending practices and their impact, flourishing my credit card without a second thought as I ran up my tab at restaurants and shops. I defined living life fully as having the things and experiences I desired, and I ... Continue reading this article…

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10 Tips for Buying a Residential Rental Property, Part 10: Utilities Can Use You Up

by Sasha

This is the last tip in a 10-part series on purchasing residential rental properties based on my experience. 10. Utilities can use you up, so be careful. Utilities can be a major issue for landlords if not set up properly. If you supply utilities to your tenants, you are generally not permitted to terminate these ... Continue reading this article…

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