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Weekly Blog Roundup, Holiday Shopping Edition

by Luke Landes

My girlfriend and I managed to get almost all of our remaining “brick-and-mortar” gift shopping completed yesterday. Considering today’s snow and ice, I’m happy we don’t have to brave the crowds any longer. From now until the holidays, we will only be dealing with online stores. Here are some recent articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and ... Continue reading this article…

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New Log-In Process Coming to EmigrantDirect

by Luke Landes

I received an email from EmigrantDirect today warning that the process for logging into their website for online banking is about to change. The new process will be similar to ING Direct’s security feature involving a unique sign-in ID, an image, and a pass phrase. If you’re a customer, you might have received this email. ... Continue reading this article…

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8 Tips for a Unsuccessful Office Holiday Party

by Luke Landes

If your office is like mine, you celebrate the holidays (but primarily Christmas) with a gift exchange of some sort as well as a party. I’ve found the office holiday experience to be hit or miss. Now, with the help of NBC’s The Office, here are some pointers for making December in the workplace awkward, ... Continue reading this article…

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Time to Run and Hide From Stocks?

by Luke Landes

The stock market has certainly been all over the place lately. A few people have told me that the constant chatter about impending doom is pushing them towards pulling out or re-allocating their investments to expose themselves less to stocks. If I can stomach short-term losses like I think I can, I intend on using ... Continue reading this article…

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Updated List of Savings and Checking Account Rates

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I updated the list of online savings and checking account interest rates to account for a number of banks lowering their rates further.

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Ben Stein: 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes

by Luke Landes

Ben Stein has been making the rounds through the media in support of National Retirement Planning Week, a celebration of preparedness. He recently met with Terri Cullen from the Wall Street Journal and sat down for a quick interview. Ben shared his opinion regarding the three biggest mistakes people often make in regards to the ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go (November 2007)

by Luke Landes

Each month, I take a look at the source of visitors to Consumerism Commentary. While an increasing number of readers use RSS to stay up-to-date and I can’t always see where everyone is coming from, I can thank other blogs or websites that have sent visitors our way. Not including search engines, RSS readers, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1: 3 Ways to Incorporate Charitable Giving

by Sasha

‘Tis the season to think about charitable giving, and there are some wonderful opportunities to do this while giving to your friends and loved ones. Whether it’s one of your favorite causes or one which aligns with the interests of the recipient, there are three simple ways to make a doubly-impactful gift this holiday season. ... Continue reading this article…

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Year-End Tax-Saving Move: Charitable Contributions

by Luke Landes

In a recent article with tips for last-minute savings on the tax bill, CNN Money suggests qualifying for a deduction by giving to charity. Donations given to a tax-exempt organization can be deducted from your income when filing your taxes. There’s a catch, though. If your total deductions including the charitable contribution don’t exceed the ... Continue reading this article…

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Retirement Income Rule of Thumb Debunked

by Luke Landes

To retire comfortably, you’ll need to have an income of 80 percent of your maximum pre-retirement income. That’s a common rule of thumb you hear trumpeted by financial planners. Unfortunately, it’s not accurate. It may give someone planning their retirement a basis for thinking about creating income during those years, whether from part-time work or income-producing ... Continue reading this article…

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