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Giveaway: Free Quicken Rental Property Manager 2.0

by Luke Landes

This giveaway is now over. I have a copy of Quicken Rental Property Manager 2.0 to give away. I’ve never used the software before, so I can’t provide any reviews. I don’t see owning rental properties in my near future, so I’d like to send the CD-ROM off to someone who will be able to ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Here are a few good articles from the folks of the MoneyBlogNetwork. Nickel takes a look at his decision to refinance his mortgage. Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity writes about calculating and paying quarterly estimated tax payments, which I will start doing this year. Free Money Finance says Suze Orman knows nothing about investing. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Heading to Tired but happy

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance is making its way to Tired but happy for the latest edition on Monday. Don’t forget to submit your best article from this week for consideration. The Carnival of Personal Finance is a “celebration,” and a representation of what the personal finance niche of the blogosphere has to offer. The ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You Getting a Good Deal on Rent?

by Luke Landes

The last time I moved was several years ago, and I moved from an apartment in the next town over to the apartment where I live currently. At the time, the rent wasn’t the least expensive in town, but it was close. Last night I discovered the Rentometer, which compares your rent to all renters ... Continue reading this article…

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Best Jobs for Moving Up

by Luke Landes

Salary.com and Money Magazine compiled a list of the best jobs for advancement opportunities. I’m glad I came across this today, as a coworker and I were discussing advancement opportunities within and around our department at the large financial services company where we work. There are many more things to consider than these statistics. In ... Continue reading this article…

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Share Your Story Here: Be a Guest Blogger

by Luke Landes

Next Friday, I will be traveling to California for a week-long vacation. I’d like to open up Consumerism Commentary to the readers so you can share some of your stories or thoughts. I’ll still be posting while on vacation, but I’d like to fill in the gaps with your articles. You don’t have to be ... Continue reading this article…

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Geico Cavemen: The Sitcom

by Luke Landes

Apparently ABC has ordered a pilot for a new television sitcom based on the Geico cavamen commercials. At first I found the commercials entertaining (though not very informative), but I don’t think I could handle a television show rooted in something developed by an advertising agency. What’s next? The Aflac duck getting his own show ... Continue reading this article…

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The Cost of Buying a Home: Projected Improvements

by Luke Landes

Last week, I cited an article in the Wall Street Journal outlining the true cost of owning a home over 30 years, which includes much more than just the mortgage. The main issue within the article is a warning to those entering retirement counting on not much more in the way of savings other than ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Dividends, Real Estate, and Home Ownership

by Luke Landes

If you’re relatively new to Consumerism Commentary, these old posts may be new to you. Here’s what was happening here on March 16-22, 2006: * Mar. 16: What $300,000 Will Buy You in My Town * Mar. 17: Benefits of Dividends * Mar. 20: My New 401(k) Fund Option: Real Estate * Mar. 21: I ... Continue reading this article…

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Retirement: Focus on Contributing, Not on the Market

by Luke Landes

I like spending a few minutes (but not much more) plugging in hypothetical numbers into interactive calculators like this retirement income calculator (Java required). This calculator displays how much monthly retirement income you can expect with assumptions about market return, tax bracket, and contributions. This morning, I spent a few seconds exploring a few scenarios. ... Continue reading this article…

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