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Facebook Goes Corporate: Become a Fan of Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

If you’re a member of Facebook, my favorite social networking application so far, you can now become a “Fan” of Consumerism Commentary. Facebook is now allowing companies and brands to have their own pages on the system. The implementation is much better than the experience on MySpace, where non-people have profiles alongside people. Rather than ... Continue reading this article…

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Sold My Third Quarter Stock Purchase Plan Shares

by Luke Landes

I took some time this morning to apply for clearance to sell my company stock purchase plan shares. A recent question from a reader reminded me that I needed to do this before my opportunity would disappear for another few months. The sell was executed this morning, and I was able to get a good ... Continue reading this article…

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My Picks From the Top 100 Undiscovered Websites

by Luke Landes

PC Magazine recently published a list of their editors’ picks for the top 100 “undiscovered” websites. The list spans a variety of categories from reference to music to health. Consumerism Commentary readers are probably familiar with a few of these sites, particularly those in the “money” category. Here are some of the highlights throughout. Hard ... Continue reading this article…

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Gift Cards: Customers Lost $8 Billion Last Year

by Luke Landes

Here’s another reason not to give gift cards or certificates as presents this holiday season (or any other time). According to estimates by TowerGroup, $8 billion was lost by consumers last year who let their gift cards go unused — expired, lost, or ignored. Consumer Reports also says that their latest survey shows that 27 percent ... Continue reading this article…

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Pros and Cons Of New 401(k) Auto-Enrollment Rules

by Luke Landes

Employees who do not specifically choose to do anything with the retirement plans offered by their employer are being targeted by the Labor Department. Under new rules, individuals who do not make their own choice will be automatically placed into 401(k) plans in which their investments will be allocated in a mix of stocks and ... Continue reading this article…

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Members Only: Discounts Offered When Flashing the AAA Card

by Luke Landes

I received a notice in the mail the other day reminding me to renew my roadside assistance service from AAA. For the last several years, I have been a member of AAA “Plus,” which offers the standard service and extra distance for free towing. I’ve decided to downgrade to the standard AAA plan. Before owning ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, One Week to Flight Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are several interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond over the past week. Five Cent Nickel: Funding an IRA When You’re Not Sure You Can Afford It Mighty Bargain Hunter: Twelve Bargains That Aren’t Bargains Blueprint for Financial Prosperity: You are a Business, Act Like One! Get Rich Slowly: What to do When Money ... Continue reading this article…

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Against Social Multitasking: Be Where You Are

by Sasha

I had family visiting from California this weekend, and was very glad to be able to take time off from work and everything else just to be able to spend it with them. It’s precious time I’ll always remember. In the midst of our happy chatter over brunch this morning at a great local diner, ... Continue reading this article…

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Gay Men Earn 23% Less Pay Than Married Men

by Sasha

Are gay men discriminated against by employers? Yes, according to a new study which appears in the Journal of Labor Research. The study, co-authored by Bruce Elmslie, professor of economics at UNH Whittemore and Edinaldo Tebaldi of Bryant University in Rhode Island, contains an in-depth analysis of wage and labor data collected by the U.S. ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Forgo ESPP Share Discount?

by Luke Landes

JBW submitted a question to Consumerism Commentary alongside an earlier discussion of my own Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) shares and I’d like to highlight the question here. I’m currently trying to decide what to do in terms of my employer’s ESPP. The discount is 10 percent and stock is bought on a monthly basis (the ... Continue reading this article…

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