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Personal Income Statement, October 2007 (Net Income: $5,851)

by Luke Landes

This article is a companion to the personal balance sheet, posted earlier this morning. Inside, I take a look at my spending and income throughout the month of October. October was another fairly ordinary month, with only a couple of extra expenses included. After reviewing my expense categories for the month, I found a few ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, October 2007 ($119,970, +6.4%)

by Luke Landes

For those of you new to Consumerism Commentary, one unique feature — in fact it was the original purpose for starting this blog — is the fact that I publish my financial reports at the end of each month. This post is my balance sheet, which measures my “modified net worth.” It’s a calculation of ... Continue reading this article…

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Grabbing the Last of the 5.65 APY CDs

by Sasha

Now that the Federal Reserve Board lowered the interest rate, it looks like we’re seeing the last of the 5.3 percent APY savings accounts, which appear to be a dying breed. I personally expect even these to disappear shortly; after all, why offer rates in the 5s when other banks are touting rates in the 4s ... Continue reading this article…

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Savings and Checking Account Interest Yields Updated

by Luke Landes

I’ve updated the list of high-yield savings and checking accounts to reflect the latest rates. The latest decrease was not limited to ING Direct. Have you moved your savings around lately?

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Proposal to Raise NYC Transportation Costs

by Luke Landes

If you travel in New York, get ready to spend more money. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is putting forth a new proposal to raise toll rates and rail fares. The toll and fare increases will help pay for a complete replacement of the PATH system and rebuilding the World Trade ... Continue reading this article…

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ING Direct Lowers Interest Rates Following Fed

by Luke Landes

As expected, ING Direct was the first bank to lower savings and checking interest rates today in response to the Federal Reserve Board’s interest rate reduction. ING DIRECT’s Orange Savings Account has changed to 0.90 percent APY. The rates for the Electric Orange Checking Account have changed as well. The new tiers are: $0-49,999.99 earns a ... Continue reading this article…

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Make the Most Out of Best Buy

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine has tips for getting the most out of a Best Buy shopping trip, which reminded me to share my story of yesterday’s experience. In my circle of friends, the big box retail store known for its bright blue and yellow logo is known as “Worst Buy” thanks to the multitude of headaches their ... Continue reading this article…

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Purchased Airline Tickets for Thanksgiving Vacation

by Luke Landes

It has been my tradition over the past few years, I will be traveling to visit my family in California over Thanksgiving. As usual, I waited too long to purchase the airline tickets. I checked prices a few weeks ago, was discouraged by the high rates, and procrastinated even further. A few nights ago, I ... Continue reading this article…

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A Sexier Retirement: 10 Exotic, Affordable Retiree Havens

by Sasha

I’m a regular reader of this blog, Get Rich Slowly, Five Cent Nickel, Cheap Healthy Good, and a number of other blogs which encourage me to live more frugally, to save my pennies for retirement. Save, save, save, they say. And so I am. Like a squirrel storing up nuts for an endless winter, every ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumer Reports: Best and Worst Credit Card Issuers

by Luke Landes

Consumer Reports surveyed customers in an effort to find the best credit card companies when it comes to incidences of interest rate problems, incidences of bill-timing problems, and effectiveness of problem resolution. If you’ve paid for a subscription to Consumer Reports, you can view the results here. At the very top of the list is ... Continue reading this article…

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