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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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Always Be Prepared: 5 Tips for Unexpected Job Loss

by Luke Landes

Whether you’re Joe Torre or Joe Cubicle, your at-will (more aptly, fire-at-will) contract may come to an end unexpectedly. If you’re smart, you may have seen the writing on the wall and given yourself time to prepare. Life isn’t always that obvious, so you should be thinking ahead and protecting yourself. Here are some tips ... Continue reading this article…

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Announcing Weekly Giveaways for Helpful or Interesting Comments

by Luke Landes

From now into the foreseeable future, I will be presenting weekly giveaways. Each weekend, though this is a guideline and not a promise, I will select one commenter who has added value to Consumerism Commentary to be the recipient of a surprise gift. This is just a way of me thanking regular and quality contributors ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup II: Middle Class, Investing in Yourself, and Jai Rodriguez

by Luke Landes

In case you missed them, I’ve picked out a few excellent articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork that were published last week, as well as a few from other blogs. I’ve now split my weekly roundup into two posts, spaced within a few days of each other, because there are many articles I’d like to highlight. Please ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go (October 2007)

by Luke Landes

Thanks to the following blogs or websites (not including RSS readers or search engines) who sent the most visitors to Consumerism Commentary during the month of October. # Get Rich Slowly # The Simple Dollar (in second place by *only 2 visitors*) # MoneyBlogNetwork # USA Today # FiveCentNickel # Blueprint for Financial Prosperity # ... Continue reading this article…

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Free Furniture for Boston Red Sox Fans

by Luke Landes

Are you looking forward to a Red Sox win in the 2007 World Series? Even if you are, you’re probably not anticipating the win as much as some Sox fans. Jordan’s Furniture, a company in New England owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, is giving some customers a reason to root, root, root for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup I, New Bank Account Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond in the past week. I’m splitting my round-ups into two weekly posts, separated by a few days, as the network has grown and I’d like to highlight more posts without presenting an overwhelming post that begins to look more like the Carnival of Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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New Jersey Prescription Drug Price Registry

by Luke Landes

Over 100 of the most common prescription drugs are listed in the New Jersey Prescription Drug Price Registry, maintained by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. This website lets you search by medication name, type, and form to find the prices for these drugs by zip code. For example, if you search for 100 ... Continue reading this article…

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The Distraction-Free Workplace is the Path to an Unfulfilled Life

by Luke Landes

Anyone who knows me, or anyone who feels they know me after following Consumerism Commentary since 2003 or my personal blog since some time in the previous century, will know that I always turn a critical eye towards the so-called benefits of the “productivity” movement. Techniques like those popularized by Getting Things Done and thousands ... Continue reading this article…

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Countrywide to Bail Out Overextended Borrowers

by Luke Landes

Countrywide, the country’s largest mortgage lender, is stepping in to “rework” 82,000 loans totaling about $16 billion. I believe that the lenders and the borrowers are both partly to blame for the mess. Lenders offer risky loans, and customers, happy to hear they can afford more than they anticipated, sign up without realizing they can’t ... Continue reading this article…

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