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Free Giveaway on Monday

by Luke Landes

Be sure to visit Consumerism Commentary early Monday morning, when I will be giving away a book to a lucky visitor. There will be more information after 6:30 am (east coast U.S. time) at the beginning of the work week.

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Home Theater Equipment: What’s In My Basement

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post written by Darren R. Sussman, founder and chief engineer of Reid Sound, Inc., a company specializing in audio/visual services for all types of events including theater, concerts, meetings, tradeshows, and more. This is the second of two parts. The first part is A Shopping Guide for the Enthusiast. In this ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide, Part 5: Bedding

by Luke Landes

I’ve never received any instruction about how to purchase bed sheets. When I realized I had to buy my own, I went to the store and found the cheapest set I could find. This was probably sufficient. My girlfriend in college got me used to the feel of jersey cotton. That’s not cotton farmed in ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Theater Equipment: A Shopping Guide for the Enthusiast

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post written by Darren R. Sussman, founder and chief engineer of Reid Sound, Inc., a company specializing in audio/visual services for all types of events including theater, concerts, meetings, tradeshows, and more. This is the first of two parts. I am involved in audio-visual professionally, but what I do is more ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide, Part 4: Navigation System

by Luke Landes

When I last traveled to California to visit family, we trekked in a rented large SUV or minivan type of vehicle from Orange County to Lake Tahoe. To help us along the way, my mother purchased a TomTom, a portable GPS navigation device. Years ago, TripTiks from AAA would have been sufficient for my family. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide, Part 3: Music Downloads and Player

by Luke Landes

My friends swear by their iPods. I’m not exaggerating when I say that everyone has one. I don’t. I’d like a portable music player, but I’m not quite sure when I’d listen, anyway. My car radio and compact discs suit me fine for now. However, if someone offered me a way to carry around a ... Continue reading this article…

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Submit to the Carnival and Stay in Touch

by Luke Landes

Bloggers, don’t forget to submit your own favorite personal finance post to the Carnival of Personal Finance, which will be hosted on Monday by the MoneyBlogNetwork. Readers, please keep in touch with the latest from Consumerism Commentary by subscribing to the blog’s RSS feed. You can also subscribe to receive updates via email. When you ... Continue reading this article…

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The Age of Credit

by Luke Landes

I’ve been talking with J.D. of Get Rich Slowly about the rise of (the social acceptance of) personal debt in the twentieth century, which was somewhat spurred on by my MoneyBloggerPodcast interview. J.D. has included a passage from a book, Ain’t We Got Fun, in his recent post, The Dawn of the Age of Credit. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide, Part 2: Home Video

by Luke Landes

Here’s more from Money Magazine’s feature about finding deals, starting with technology. I shared their cell phone shopping tips although I’m not shopping for phones at the moment. However, I’ve been thinking about a new entertainment center for a while. I know I won’t be buying anything until I’m out of this apartment, but I ... Continue reading this article…

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Add Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) to Your Portfolio

by Luke Landes

I like Suze Orman’s articles better than her call-in television show. In a recent Yahoo Finance article, Suze extolls the virtues of ETFs (exchange-traded funds). ETFs are like mutual funds, tradable like stocks. Each ETF tracks a combination of stocks that fit an investing goal or market sector. However, since ETFs trade like stocks, you’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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