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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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Congratulations to Bluntmoney, Winner of Quicken Basic 2007!

by Luke Landes

The random number generator selected Bluntmoney‘s comment as the winner of a free copy of Quicken Basic 2007, provided to us by the Quicken Product Manager. Congratulations! Stay tuned because I’ll have more to give away, including different Intuit products. I’m happy to be able to provide free stuff to readers. Here’s a hint for ... Continue reading this article…

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Surprising Amount of Office Romance

by Luke Landes

There’s a winter storm here on the east coast, and with a practically empty office, minds aren’t on the job. According to a survey from reported on CNN, it’s common to be thinking about other things, like love, in the workplace. 17 percent of survey respondents admitted they were caught being more-than-colleagues… “in the boardroom, ... Continue reading this article…

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One Way to Get Rid of Telemarketers

by Luke Landes

Without a landline phone, I don’t receive many calls from telemarketers. André-Tascha Lammé from Sacramento was having a problem with mortgage lenders, and decided to take care of the problem through the courts. So far, Lammé has won $6,000 in judgments against telemarketers in three cases. He’s not a lawyer, but by filing in small ... Continue reading this article…

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