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Sumo Lounge Omni Chair Winner

by Luke Landes

I have contacted the winner of the Sumo Lounge Omni Bean Bag Chair, who will have 48 hours to respond. Check your e-mail to see if you are the winner. Congratulations to commenter 28, Jon H!

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Phone Numbers Won’t Drop From Do Not Call List… Yet

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, I mentioned that the Do Not Call list was about to expire, but today the Federal Trade Commission has decided to keep expiring phone numbers on the list. While the original intent was to expire phone numbers after five years to ensure accuracy, the FTP says they’ve managed to scrub the list ... Continue reading this article…

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New American Express Bonus: 40,000 Points (for Big Spenders)

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. The American Express Business Gold Rewards Card recently changed its sign-up offer. Previously, the card offered 25,000 bonus points redeemable for a round-trip airline ticket, $250 in gift certificates, or $125 in cash. Now the card is offering 40,000 bonus ... Continue reading this article…

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24 Hours Remain to Win Sumo Lounge Omni Bean Bag Chair

by Luke Landes

If you’re interested in receiving a free Sumo Lounge Omni Bean Bag Chair, which I reviewed here, there are only 24 hours or so left to participate in the giveaway. It’s simple — just leave a comment on this post with an interesting furniture story, and you will be entered in the contest. The giveaway ... Continue reading this article…

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Black Friday and Your Spending Habits

by Luke Landes

I truly despise the terms “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” and how the retail industry has created these days in an effort to rationalize outrageous spending on these particular days as if it should be accepted as an integral part of the holiday season. Cyber Monday did not exist until retailers created it, and as ... Continue reading this article…

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Pay Taxes on Court-Awarded Damages?

by Luke Landes

If you are involved in a lawsuit and awarded damages, the IRS may require you to pay taxes on the funds you receive. It depends on whether the money can be considered income. If the damages are awarded to compensate you for financial losses, the money theoretically makes you whole. Therefore, no taxes are due. ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Credit Scores, Penny Wise, and Pound Foolish

by Luke Landes

If you’re a new reader to Consumerism Commentary, you may have missed some articles from October in prior years. Here are a few from the past. From the first half of October 2006: * Credit Score Question From a Reader * My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 3.5: The Stadium * Bought ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Roundup, Pumpkin Picking Edition

by Luke Landes

The weather today was nothing short of fantastic. I spent some time with my friends at Hacklebarney Farm and Cider Mill for my fill of Cider Baked Beans, Cider Hot Dogs, Cider Donuts, and Cider. I picked out a few mini-pumpkins and gourds for decoration, too. Here are some articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. ... Continue reading this article…

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Want to Make $450,000 a Year? Become a Portfolio Manager

by Sasha

When we last met, I was crowing about having paid off $52,050.74 in student loan principal. I’m still mighty proud of that particular achievement, but this morning, an article from Ignites, an electronic publication available to corporate subscribers only, crossed my path and completely changed my perspective. The article? Average Portfolio Manager Pay Tops $450K. ... Continue reading this article…

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Former Big Spenders Trading Down

by Luke Landes

Newsweek in an upcoming article has taken note of a changing trend. Americans who in the past several years would choose certain items important to them on an individual level and spend more, this behavior is changing. Expensive coffee drinks, shoes, entertainment are some examples. People with a passion for a product have had no ... Continue reading this article…

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