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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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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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PayPal Lowers Money Market Fund Rate

by Luke Landes

There is a lot of talk on the internets about online savings accounts raising their interest rates for customers; here’s something a little different. PayPal has been offering for a while a pretty high interest rate — over 4.25 percent — on money held in their money market fund. Unlike money market accounts and savings accounts, ... Continue reading this article…

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Overspending vs. Underearning

by Luke Landes

Are you an underearner? The general consensus for increasings savings in financial advice circles is to rein in your spending, since the expense side of the equation is easier to manage than the income side. You can cut back your spending on cable television by 50 percent, but getting an equivalent 50 percent increase in pay is ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Debt Reduction

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary for the 20th edition of the Carnival of Debt Reduction! If you are new to this blog, take a look around. You may want to find out more about me or browse through a categorical “Best of 2005.” The Carnival of Debt Reduction is a living document that travels from week ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Sharing Within Couples

by Luke Landes

Marshall Loeb sent his readers an early Valentine with his article about financial information that couples should share. By couples, he’s referring to those who are married or sharing ownership of financial accounts. Number One: “Married couples and those with joint investments or accounts should know the names, addresses and contact information of each other’s ... Continue reading this article…

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