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More Credit Cards With Sign-Up Bonuses

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers expired and are no longer available. Credit card companies want to drag customers in, and sometimes offer nice bonuses to encourage applications. If you know how to handle a credit card, bonuses can pay off nicely. Here is an updated list of current bonuses available. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Time Running Out for My 2007 Charity Goals

by Luke Landes

When I laid out my goals for 2007 at the end of last year, I set my sights on donating $1,000 to charity — $2,000 as a stretch goal — in addition to my normal volunteering efforts. Neither of these two options are going as well as I expected. I decided to sever ties with ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, September 2007 (Net Income: $7,529)

by Luke Landes

This is the second article in my monthly short series in which I report my financial details. This income report goes along with the balance sheet recently posted. September was more of a typical month than the past few. I had fewer out of the ordinary expenses, but I’ll get to that in a little ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, September 2007 ($116,475, +9.4%)

by Luke Landes

This may seem “weird” to new Consumerism Commentary readers, but this blog started as a place for me to semi-publicly track my financial progress. Each month, I take a look at my finances in excruciating detail, and now it’s time to look at my “modified net worth” for the end of the month of September ... Continue reading this article…

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Midweek Roundup: Roth IRA Limits, Baby Bonds, and Beer

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed recently from around the blogosphere. Dear Politicians: Please Adjust Roth IRA Limits for Areas of High Cost Living. Lazy Man and Money: “We obviously make a lot of money, but, living here, we pay a lot of it too.” Strategies for Survival on an Entry-Level Salary. Penelope Trunk: “If ... Continue reading this article…

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Is Ticket Scalping Fair?

by Luke Landes

Parents are complaining about the high price of tickets for Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concerts thanks to scalpers. Like any popular event, whether a concert or sporting event, ticket brokers buy tickets early on — somehow — and resell them with a huge mark-up. Is it fair? I don’t think so, but not for the typical ... Continue reading this article…

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Sports Team Disappointment: A Customer Service Issue?

by Luke Landes

It never struck my mind when the Mets blew their chances of October baseball this past weekend, during their downward spiral in the last several weeks, or even following the game I attended during which the team lost, that I should call the ownership and complain about the service provided to me as a paying ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Subscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here, whether from me or Sasha. If you use Google Reader for reading news and blogs like I do, you can easily subscribe using this special link. Another option is to get the latest blog entries in your e-mail inbox. It’s all ... Continue reading this article…

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Contest: $100,000 to Rename “Retirement”

by Luke Landes

If you’re creative with words (and perhaps video), SmartMoney has a contest for you. The magazine wants to come up with another term for “retirement,” considering how its meaning has changed over the years. Today’s retirees are more active than ever, moving forward with their lives and pursuing a wide variety of interests and passions. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Great Pumpkin and Pumpkin Economy

by Sasha

Yesterday, at the local CSA farm I belong to, I couldn’t help but smile at the young boy who dragged his mother eagerly round and round the bins of big orange pumpkins which were part of our share for the week. “Are you the Great Pumpkin? Are you?” he’d announce, addressing the giant orange orbs ... Continue reading this article…

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