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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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Opportunity to Buy A Dream Car For a Great Price

by Luke Landes

I get great satisfaction from reading personal finance stories from personal finance columnists. One columnist I usually like is Terri Cullen, who writes the Fiscally Fit column at the Wall Street Journal. Recently, her husband was offered a chance to buy his dream car, a like-new Chevrolet Corvette, for a too-good-to-be-true-but-is price. Gerry and I ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Tell Teens Too Much About Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

I wrote earlier about the JumpStart Coalition‘s highlight of the Citi Curriculum for children in kindergarten through young adults. I thought this curriculum had excellent suggestions for teaching students of a variety of ages about basic tenets of money management. Janet Bodnar, an author and seminar leader, thinks these lessons have too many details. I ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month in the Archives: Second Life, Credit Cards at Fault, and Inexpensive Flights

by Luke Landes

Here are some more articles from Octobers past at Consumerism Commentary. Articles here have changed over the past few years, so you may notice some stylistic differences as you go back in time. Here are some selections from the second half of October, 2006: * The Virtual Reality Economy of Second Life * Wall Street ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Signs You are About to Lose Your Job

by Luke Landes

Many of us depend on our employers for our livelihood. Even those not living paycheck-to-paycheck count on being employed to build up savings, invest and insure for the future, and of course pay the bills. Here are some things to look out for. If these apply to you, start hedging your bets and planning for ... Continue reading this article…

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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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