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HOWTO Deal With Winning the Lottery

by Luke Landes

Are you more likely to play the major lottery when the jackpot is more than $250 million? If you happen to play, and if you’re really lucky, there’s a chance, however slim, you might win it all. Let’s say you just realized you’re taking home the grand prize and you’re the only winner. Now what? ... Continue reading this article…

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Tax Bill or Tax Refund, Which is Better?

by Luke Landes

There are two typical responses when a person finishes preparing his tax return, depending on the result. If he owes money, I hear, “Do’h! I have to pay the government more. I wish they’d use my money more efficiently.” If he is due a refund, I hear, “Woohoo! I’m going to get a big fat ... Continue reading this article…

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Comcast Neglected To Mention

by Luke Landes

I decided to take advantage of Comcast’s offer for a free upgrade from 6 Mbps to 8 Mbps internet service more than a week ago. (Wow, what a long way we’ve come since I was running a dial-in bulletin board system on an 8088 IBM clone at 1200 bps.) When I called originally, they said ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Stein Protects America

by Luke Landes

Thanks to AllThingsFinancial, I came across this piece by Ben Stein, who I’ve mentioned fairly often on this blog. I like Ben Stein even though we don’t always agree on every issue. In his new column in the New York Times, Ben talks about the huge disparity between worker and executive pay. He provides some ... Continue reading this article…

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A Look at The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach

by Luke Landes

A while ago, I received an advance copy of The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach. This was the first book by Bach that I’ve read, and I’ll share my opinion now.

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My Money Mistake #1: Not Knowing My Net Worth

by Luke Landes

I share my personal experiences here to create a formal record of what I do. I can always come back to the website in the future and to some degree understand the choices I made. Consumerism Commentary allows me to remain honest with myself — and with thousands of readers. I’m not a finance expert, ... Continue reading this article…

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Stupid Investment of the Week: Teach Me To Trade

by Luke Landes

The snow keeps piling up on the ground, and I’m going to have to face the music and dig my car out at some point. In the mean time, Chuck Jaffe presents his stupid investment of the week: The Teach Me To Trade seminar. I like when Chuck takes on these seminars in the “Stupid ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Be Associated With Princeton University

by Luke Landes

The Princeton address yeilds a fair amount of cachet, most notably due to the Ivy League university and the expensive town. Companies and individuals always want to be associated with the word “Princeton.” There is a local train station, located outside of Princeton in the township of West Windsor, called Princeton Junction. Eventually, people living ... Continue reading this article…

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Subscribe Via Email

by Luke Landes

If you’d like to get new posts on Consumerism Commentary sent directly to your email inbox, just enter your email address in the form in the green bar above. I won’t share your email address with anyone. The service is provided by FeedBlitz.

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A Look at Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

by Luke Landes

Last week, I finished reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s not really about personal finance; it’s about the accuracy of certain snap decisions. I read the book with the intent of relating its message to the topics I focus on here. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking describes how some people have the ability ... Continue reading this article…

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