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Tax Freedom Day

by Luke Landes

If you were to designate all of your income to your taxes (federal, state, and local) starting with January 1, New Jersey residents would have to keep doing so until May 10, a good ten days after the national average. MSN Money has an article including a table with the Tax Freedom Days for each ... Continue reading this article…

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Bipolar Landlords: Revoking Credit Card Rent Payments

by Luke Landes

For the second time since moving into this apartment several years ago, the landlord (a national corporation, not an individual or a family) has decided to stop accepting credit cards for rent payments. While I suppose this is good for tenants who don’t pay their full credit card balance every month, but I’ll no longer ... Continue reading this article…

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HSBC Direct Will Offer High-Yield Checking, Are You Interested?

by Luke Landes

A reader pointed me to an article about high-yield online checking accounts. I’ve been following these stories with a little bit of “interest,” and I’ve already opened a new checking account at ING Direct. This article talks about some of the drawbacks of this account; namely the necessity of a “regular” checking account for transferring ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Rather than reading a ton of personal finance blog entries today, I was running around the office trying to get work done. Now that I’m home, I can relax and read through the contributions to the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted at Tired but happy. Here are some choice selections at first glance. * ... Continue reading this article…

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ShareBuilder Now Supports Quicken Direct Connect

by Luke Landes

I recently logged into my ShareBuilder [affiliate] account to check to see if there were any tax forms I needed to consider. I was greeted by a new message describing ShareBuilder’s new support for direct downloading of account data into Microsoft Money and Intuit Quicken. These days, with the fees that the software makers charge ... Continue reading this article…

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3 Ways Waiters Can Steal Your Credit Card Information

by Luke Landes

The Real Hustle is a BBC show that describes how criminals, scammers, hustlers, and average tricksters manage to fool everyday people in typical situations. The three Hustlers — confidence trickster Alexis Conran, scam artist Paul Wilson and ‘sexy swindler’ Jessica Clement — carry out notorious scams on unsuspecting members of the public to reveal how ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Cable, 401(k) Borrowing, and Credit Reports

by Luke Landes

Each week, I look back at some of the better or more interesting entries I’ve posted throughout the last few years at Consumerism Commentary. Here’s what was on my mind March 23-31, 2006, and it was a busy week: * Mar. 24: Microsoft’s Strategy: Screw the Customer (4 comments) * Mar. 24: Lose Your Money ... Continue reading this article…

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Income Taxes: Done and Over With

by Luke Landes

I decided to bite the bullet and do my income tax return without any professional assistance. I was originally considering working with a tax accountant due to the increased income from my side business. As it turns out, it wasn’t as complicated as I thought it would be. I’m pretty sure I was able to ... Continue reading this article…

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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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