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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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79 Cards Offering 0% APR on Purchases, Balance Transfers, or Cash Advances

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available. Any indented text is excerpted directly from the issuer’s marketing. Here is an update to an article I posted about four months ago. If you’re looking for 0 percent APR offers, here are 79 of them. Warning! Taking advantage of ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup II, Market Crash Edition

by Luke Landes

What would you do if the stock market crashed tomorrow? While you’re contemplating that, here are some more articles from Thanksgiving week to keep you reading about personal finance. How Do You Calculate Compound Growth (or Interest)? AllFinancialMatters loves tackling these mathematical questions. Here he answers with an Excel function and the underlying formulas. Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: Navigating the Financial Blogosphere by Russell Bailyn

by Luke Landes

A little over a year ago, Russell Bailyn, an investment adviser who crossed the barrier into the blogosphere with his Financial Planning Weblog, contacted me to let me know he was beginning work on a book. As Russell and I were both music education majors in our respective undergraduate universities, I was eager to support ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Money Gifts, Cyber Monday, and the Season for Giving

by Luke Landes

For a taste of old-time Consumerism Commentary, peruse these articles from the second half of November in prior years. From November 2006: * Extreme Savers Greg and Tara: We Have Some Things in Common * FreeCreditReport.com is a Scam! * Money-Saving Tips for Shopping Online * Wesabe, Web 2.0 Tool for Tracking Finances: Useful or ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup I, Guest Posts and Personal Stories

by Luke Landes

I’m using this weekend to work up the willingness and readiness to return to the office on Monday after a week of vacation. I hope you enjoyed the guest articles featured at Consumerism Commentary this week. * Consumption is Investment (from Mrs. Micah) * 3 Things You Need to Know Before Giving to Charity (from ... Continue reading this article…

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Black Friday and CVS Savings

by Sasha

My “Black Friday” shopping started yesterday at 8 a.m. after I’d readied my 26-pound turkey (we had 22 people planned for Thanksgiving this year) for its 6-plus hours in the oven. Instead of crawling back to bed whilst the scent of roasting turkey filled the house, I had a mission in mind. Earlier in the ... Continue reading this article…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Luke Landes

When it comes to holidays usurped by consumerism and with a backstory that begins to border on mythology rather than history, Thanksgiving is one towards the top of the list. These days, I try to take what I can from holidays without getting involved in any controversy. For me, Thanksgiving gives me a chance to ... Continue reading this article…

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