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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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Today’s Interesting Articles

by Luke Landes

Here are some links from the more mainstream media that interested me today. * Invest in your looks, from MSN Money. Stomach stapling pays off, but laser eye correction may not… * Forget the raise, give me flexible hours, from Fortune Magainze. * How to know when you’re ready to buy (your first house), from ... Continue reading this article…

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New HSBC Direct Customers Can’t Access All Features

by Luke Landes

Reader Brian submitted the following: According to your Savings Account Rates page, HSBC Direct supports Quicken Direct Connect for downloading transactions. However, I just opened an Online Savings account there, and when I tried to set up Quicken with Direct Connect, I always got an error message saying, “Your financial institution has rejected your request.” ... Continue reading this article…

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It’s a Seller’s Market. It’s a Buyer’s Market.

by Luke Landes

The National Association of Realtors® announced with a big headline on CNN Money all day yesterday that we’re now in a buyer’s market. Yes, the Realtors® want to get the word out because house sales are slumping in many areas of the country. There’s a big reminder to consider the source and the motivation of ... Continue reading this article…

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