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Weekly Blog Roundup, Hot Water Heater Edition

by Luke Landes

I’ve discovered that I haven’t really had hot water in my new apartment since moving in. I’ve been settling for barely warm showers thinking I was just a victim of poor timing. An adjustment to the hot water heater has fixed this problem as far as I can tell. Now that I can take warm ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Are Clothes a Part of Net Worth?

by Luke Landes

A reader recently posed this question to Consumerism Commentary: Are clothes a part of net worth? In May, I wrote about how to calculate your net worth. Technically, your net worth includes the value of everything you own subtracted by everything you owe. Your wardrobe, shoes, furniture, coin collection, car(s) if you have one, house(s) ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Results: Who You May Be

by Luke Landes

A few weeks ago, I asked Consumerism Commentary readers to complete a short survey so I could learn a little bit more about who is reading this blog. It was completely voluntary, and I’m happy with the level of response. Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey! I promised I would share the results ... Continue reading this article…

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Giveaway: Cash, Cars & College by Janine Bolon

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, I read and reviewed Cash, Cars & College: A Young Person’s Guide to Money, by Janine Bolon, a neat little book touching on some of the important aspects of managing money for a teenager looking to someday become a functioning adult, moreso than the average citizen. I now have the opportunity to ... Continue reading this article…

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Experience Review: Two Men and a Truck (North Arlington, NJ)

by Luke Landes

When I decided that I didn’t want to break my back moving my heavier furniture down one flight and up at least one more, I also decided that I wanted someone else to do that for me. I could have done more research when choosing a moving company, as I was hoping for a recommendation ... Continue reading this article…

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Homeowners Out of Touch With Reality

by Luke Landes

I have limited access to the internet over the next few days, so there may be only sporadic posting on Consumerism Commentary during that time. I saw Les Christie’s article, Out of Touch With Realty Reality, last night and I found it interesting. If homeowners are convinces that their homes are increasing value even in ... Continue reading this article…

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My Weekend: Packing and Moving

by Luke Landes

My choice for a new apartment isn’t the most frugal decision I’ve ever made, and I’m fine with that. The apartments are in a nicer area, they don’t attract partying college students, and they’re relatively new. That shows in the $1,425 monthly rent. The loft area, while increasing the square footage and appeal, also draws ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Still Moving Edition

by Luke Landes

Over the past few days, I’ve been bringing boxes from my old apartment to my new, and last night, during both trips, I got caught in a downpour. I should be almost completely moved by Munday, after the movers I’ve hired take care of the larger furniture. Here are some interesting articles from other bloggers ... Continue reading this article…

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Cash vs. Credit Card: Gas Stations Charging Different Prices

by Luke Landes

I noticed something disturbing last night. I pulled into my favorite low-cost gas station, which happens to be Valero. It’s my favorite simply because it’s the least expensive in the area and it’s right on my route home from work. Apparently they have begun charging 6 to 8 cents more per gallon for payments with ... Continue reading this article…

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What Are You Talking About, Willis? High-Interest Loans.

by Luke Landes

If you’ve watched television late at night, as I do when I’m trying to come up with things to write about here on Consumerism Commentary, you might come across Gary Coleman pitching cash loans. Here’s the commercial I keep seeing (embedded video). If you can’t see it, here’s the direct link. Arnold’s talkin’ ’bout CashCall, ... Continue reading this article…

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