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Two Hours of Downtime

by Luke Landes

To everyone who has been trying to access Consumerism Commentary in the last two hours, I apologize. One of DreamHost‘s database servers were down. This particular server is the host for the database for Consumerism Commentary, the MoneyBlogNetwork Forums, and the Under 30 Honor Roll. I’m hoping DreamHost will heed my request to separate the ... Continue reading this article…

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Opus Dei and IESE, a Nontraditional MBA, and Ethics

by Luke Landes

As I’m now in the final two weeks of my graduate studies, I’ll be writing more in reflection about my time earning an MBA with the University of Phoenix Online. What caught my eye tonight was the description in Business 2.0 Magazine of a European business school that is bucking the worldwide trend set by ... Continue reading this article…

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Future Spending, Two Big Items, Part 2: Acoustic Guitar

by Luke Landes

You may not know it from reading Consumerism Commentary, but I’m a musician. That is, I used to be a musician, as I rarely have the chance to practice. The instruments I’ve been known to play include piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, percussion, crumhorn, and of course, kazoo. I studied music education ... Continue reading this article…

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Opened a Second Account With ShareBuilder

by Luke Landes

Last week, I decided to take advantage of the ability to acquire $75 for opening an account with ShareBuilder. My first trade will be executed today. Rather than purchasing an exchange-traded fund (ETF) like last time, I decided to go with a well-established stock. My order was placed for $70 worth of Microsoft (MSFT). While ... Continue reading this article…

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Doobie Reviews the Equaline Matrix Razor

by Luke Landes

I’d probably grow a beard if my girlfriend let me. She obviously has way more sense than I do. I have been brainwashed into the general consumer thinking that I need a major brand razor with expensive refillable blades. Thus, I shave with a Gillette Mach3. Doobie has found a lesser-known razor that he feels ... Continue reading this article…

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Future Spending, Two Big Items, Part 1: New Computer

by Luke Landes

I own a Fujitsu C-6631 Lifebook notebook computer, which I purchased in 2001. At that time, my living situation was in a state of flux and I was working at a non-profit organization, spending more money on my commute than I was making. It was bad news all around. To bring in extra money, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Numbers Games

by Luke Landes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is considering changing the way the core consumer price index (CPI) rate is calculated according to a Wall Street Journal report. They wouldn’t change the formula, just the precision to which inflation is measured. For example, a if the index for one month is 198.945, and it moves up to ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

Here’s what you may have read from the members of the MoneyBlogNetwork (and beyond) this week: Five Cent Nickel shared his first impressions of Craigslist. He found it to be full of scammers. Free Money Finance has a list of 8 places to live less expensive than the major cities but seem to be “nice” ... Continue reading this article…

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Savvy Saver’s Turn to Ask the Question

by Luke Landes

Today’s Question of the Day comes from Savvy Saver. She asks about a critical financial decision, either good or bad, that put you on your current path. Check it out and leave your answer with Savvy Saver.

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0% Balance Transfer: You May Be a Terrorist

by Luke Landes

If you deviate from your banking habits by initiating a transaction more than $5,000, your bank will help the government spy on you. The federal government wants to catch terrorists and money launderers, and banks are required to assist. Since 1996, banks have been required to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) whenever they detect ... Continue reading this article…

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