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How Much Ya Bench? Compare Your Internet Speed and Price!

by Luke Landes

Here are my internet access speed statistics from home. That’s almost 12 Mbps for downloading and 702 kbps for uploading. I pay $29.99 through Comcast Online in central New Jersey, which I think was the promotional rate for their 6 Mbps. Somehow due to the customer service representative’s confusion, they gave me the the fast ... Continue reading this article…

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Finding Extra Money

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine has a feature this month about finding extra money or “hidden assets” as they call it. I’m not going to do a whole series on these suggestions, but I will simply summarize and add a few thoughts. 1. Cash in old savings bonds. If they’ve matured, you have money that’s not earning any ... Continue reading this article…

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25-Year-Old Buys the New York Observer

by Luke Landes

When I was 25, I was working for a small non-profit, working myself into the ground. It was a love/hate relationship. I wasn’t buying newspapers. Well, I bought some in the store occasionally, but not the entire operation for nearly $10 million. Jared Kushner, the 25-year-old son of a wealthy New Jersey developer who was ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Debt Reduction #46

by Luke Landes

Thanks to everyone who submitted an article to the latest Carnival of Debt Reduction. For those interested in participating or hosting, see the guidelines and schedule. Most of the submissions I received had simply no relation to debt reduction. I did not include those entries in the Carnival. If you’re submitting spam, skip it. If ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance is up at AllFinancialMatters. There’s another great selection of articles for browsing.

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Best of 2006, January Through June

by Luke Landes

At the end of last year, I put together a list of the “Best of 2005,” just a collection of posts here at Consumerism Commentary that might stand out. There was no rhyme or reason to my selection. Needless to say, I’m very lenient with my definition of “best.” We’re more than halfway through 2006, ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

It was a busy week in the personal finance blogosphere. Here’s what you might have read if you’ve been browsing the MoneyBlogNetwork. Nickel gave his first impressions of Emigrant Direct’s new interface and Mighty Bargain Hunter suggests celebrating your debt reduction progress. AllFinancialMatters wonders if earning more will make you happier and Blueprint for Financial ... Continue reading this article…

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The Last 401(k) Guide You’ll Ever Need, Five Tips, Part 4

by Luke Landes

I’m still enjoying Money Magazine’s “Last 401(k) Guide You’ll Ever Need.” So far, I’ve addressed the first three tips offered by the magainze, save early and often, spread your money around, and limit company stock. Here’s the fourth tip for maintaining a strong retirement investinment portfolio. Check in Once a Year Take a date you’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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The 5.0% APY Threshold: The New Hotness

by Luke Landes

If your savings account isn’t providing you 5.0 percent or more at this point, you can consider it old and busted. A few banks have raised their interest rates on “online” savings accounts lately, so take a look at the latest chart. Emigrant Direct moved to 5.15 percent today, but you may have problems accessing their new ... Continue reading this article…

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ Doing Things Commercial

by Luke Landes

Chances are, if you watch television, you’ve seen the latest Dunkin’ Donuts commercials featuring one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants. Here’s the extended version of “Doing Things (is What I Like to Do).” The advertising agency publishes a blog, naturally, and the entry about this ad even has some of the actors ... Continue reading this article…

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