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Money Advice From Celebrities

by Luke Landes

Why listen to what celebrities — non-experts in finance — have to say about money? Well, some of them have been around for a while and have experienced the fickleness of the entertainment industry. Here are some lessons learned. Dave Barry: “Don’t emphasize money if you don’t have much; be happy.” Eric Bogosian: “Live within ... Continue reading this article…

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Congratulations to Erin, Winner of Quicken Basic 2007!

by Luke Landes

Last week, I asked for Quicken tips and hacks in return for the chance to win a free copy of Quicken Basic 2007. The random number generator selected Erin and her comment as the winner. Here was her tip: Quicken 07 no longer supports QIF imports for most account types, but it DOES support them ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Says: More Money Leads to Better Sex

by Luke Landes

If this doesn’t motivate you to raise your net worth, I couldn’t tell you what does. According to this research, having more money means you’re having more adventurous and exotic sex. The numbers look even better for women. In the survey, three-quarters of men cited more frequent sex and a greater variety of partners as ... Continue reading this article…

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Wachovia to Start Charging for Direct Access to Quicken

by Luke Landes

Along with my monthly checking and savings account statement, I received the following notice in the mail: Important Message for Personal Account Holders Who Use Quicken, QuickBooks, or Microsoft Money Beginning April 1, 2007, a monthly fee of $5.95 will be assessed if you access Wachovia Online Banking directly from within your personal financial management ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives

by Luke Landes

This year I’m looking back by linking to some of the more interesting posts from this week in previous years. Here are some from February 16-22, 2006: * Feb. 16: We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ $1,000,000 for Retirement * Feb. 16: Ben Stein Protects America * Feb. 18: Comcast Neglected to Mention * Feb. 20: ... Continue reading this article…

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How Much Do You Pay in Taxes?

by Luke Landes

We talk about tax brackets for income taxes ranging from 10 percent to 35 percent, but when all payments to the government are taken into account, we pay significantly more. Research by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and David Rapson in a paper called Does it Pay, at the Margin, to Work and Save [PDF] shows that most people ... Continue reading this article…

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Tips for Purchasing a Musical Instrument for the Non-Professional

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned earlier, I finally picked up the Martin D-15 acoustic guitar I’ve been planning to buy since August last year. Here are some tips if you’re thinking about buying a musical instrument. First, if you are buying an instrument for your son or daughter just starting out, you may find out later that ... Continue reading this article…

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The Case Against a Life Without Debt

by Luke Landes

Getting out of debt is a great goal to have. Perpetual debt is like slavery. All the money you earn beyond your necessities for living is turned over to someone else in the form of debt service and interest, and in many cases even your basic needs are paid on credit. Creating and enacting a ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup: New York City, Raise and Bonus Edition

by Luke Landes

For a few more days, I will be running a contest to give away a new copy of Quicken Basic 2007 to a random winner. Entering is simple: just leave a comment here! I’ve taken the upcoming week off from work (the “day job”) to coincide with my girlfriend’s break from teaching. We had a ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Hack: How to Track Airline Miles or Points

by Luke Landes

One of the features I liked when I used Microsoft Money was the ability to track airline miles or points. I didn’t accumulate many, but it was good to see what I had available in one place rather than going to the individual airline websites. I switched to Quicken and I was disappointed to find ... Continue reading this article…

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