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Back to School Shopping: Tax Free Holidays (Not in New Jersey)

by Luke Landes

A number of states are offering sales tax-free shopping “holidays” this year to entice shoppers to spur the economy before it’s time to go back to school. Bankrate has the full scehdule, which includes some days that have already passed. New Jersey is not on the list; however, we never have to pay tax on ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Become an eBay Millionaire

by Luke Landes

If you’re considering opening up a shop to sell any kind of merchandise, you might want to skip the store rent expenses and sell out of your home. Hundreds of thousands of small business owners have created profitable businesses using eBay rather than their own storefront. Would-be marketers have caught on to the craze and ... Continue reading this article…

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New Design for Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Unless you’re reading this post via email or RSS, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve slightly changed the look of this site. Let me know if anything looks awkward. I know I’m not a master of design, but I’m pleased with the way it came out. Do your best to shoot down or placate my ego. ... Continue reading this article…

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Interesting News Articles

by Luke Landes

I don’t have the time to read through many articles while at work, but here are a few I’ve skimmed and I may want to return to at some point. * Domain names are hot [CNN] but you may have to buy “used” — and spend some hard cash — to get something good. * ... Continue reading this article…

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Around the Blogs

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the more interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this week. AllFinancialMatters doesn’t like a new bill to “aid” 401(k) participants. Free Money Finance thinks we can take some lessons on how to earn money from star professional athletes. Five Cent Nickel talks about Vanguard’s new website login. Blueprint for Financial ... Continue reading this article…

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Savings Interest Rates May Go Down Soon

by Luke Landes

It’s the biggest cliffhanger since Colin Baker literally hung off a cliff to end a truly bad episode of Doctor Who. On August 8, the Fed will meet and decide whether to raise interest rates. Traders think there’s a 76 percent chance the fed will pause the rate hikes, for at least the time being. I ... Continue reading this article…

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I Am Hosting The Carnival of Business

by Luke Landes

On Monday, I will be hosting the Carnival of Business here on Consumerism Commentary. If you are a blogger who has written about business recently and would like to have an article featured, please submit your information to me before 6:00 pm Eastern Time on Sunday. No spam, no scams, and no off-topic posts, please.

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One Place to Get Financial Advice and Thoughts

by Luke Landes

Not too long ago, the MoneyBlogNetwork added a special area to their forums where anyone — not just bloggers — can get advice, thoughts, and reactions to financial situations and questions. Check out the Personal Finance Forum within the MoneyBlogNetwork Forums. For instance, there’s a good discussion going on right now about whether to close ... Continue reading this article…

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New, Improved Process For Opening an Emigrant Direct Account

by Luke Landes

You would think that in this day and age of advanced technology, banking institutions that operate primarily online would have processes in place that don’t rely on snail-mail and centuries-old, outdated technology. I wrote about my experience opening an account at Emigrant Direct over a year ago, and it was tedious. When Emigrant Direct opened ... Continue reading this article…

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Living Through a Heat Wave: Cooling Your House

by Luke Landes

As the temperature has been upwards of 305 kelvin lately, I’ve been sweating in my apartment even while the air conditioner pumps and while wearing less clothing than what is socially acceptable in public. Hence, my electricity bill has shot up from the $40s to the $70s, with the next bill expected to be $90. ... Continue reading this article…

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