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Back to New Jersey

by Luke Landes

A short while ago we arrived home in New Jersey from our vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia. More on that later. It would take me a year to catch up on the messages posted on personal finance blogs in the last five days, but I should mention at the very least that the Carnival of Personal ... Continue reading this article…

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And We’re Off

by Luke Landes

We’re about to get into the car to drive down to Williamsburg, Virginia, for a mini-vacation, returning Monday afternoon. Unfortunately, I’ll be bringing my computer with me — I have school work to do while we’re gone — so it’s likely you’ll still hear from me occasionally over the next few days.

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Your Money Is Dumb

by Luke Landes

(It’s all right, mine is, too.) Here’s a lovely article from Slate, You and Your Dumb Money. The author succinctly explains the difference between smart investors and dumb: Smart money (big-time hedge-fund managers, private-equity honchos, leveraged buyout kings) reliably outperforms the market. Dumb money (individual investors, the sort of people who casually watch CNBC for ... Continue reading this article…

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Frugal Wines

by Luke Landes

If you like wine and you like saving money, you might enjoy this article. The New York Times is featuring an article describing some great wines under ten bucks. In the white category, several come from South Africa. Some of the reds on the list come from the United States. There’s a winery in Williamsburg ... Continue reading this article…

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Vehicular Mileage Update

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, I passed 30,000 miles on my new Honda Civic. This is probably the point where I should stop calling it “new.”

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The Emergency Fund

by Luke Landes

The first time I heard of the “Emergency Fund” concept was several years ago when I was checking out the message boards on the Motley Fool. I wasn’t in great financial shape at the time, but with my new job, I was seeing some improvement. Now that I understood the importance of an amergency fund, ... Continue reading this article…

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Savings Account Interest Rate Updates

by Luke Landes

Some Internet-based banks have raised the interest rates offered on their savings account. Check out the latest comparison, which features upward movements from UFB Direct, Capital One, and Virtual Bank.

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$50 Bonus From ShareBuilder

by Luke Landes

Updated June 24, 2010. Jonathan at MyMoneyBlog tipped me off to a deal at ShareBuilder, an online brokerage that lets customers invest small amounts with a low fee structure. I didn’t qualify for Jonathan’s CostCo discount as I’m not a member of the shopping club. It did inspire me to perform a Google site search ... Continue reading this article…

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Start Saving More

by Luke Landes

Want some quick ideas for saving money? Bankrate (via Yahoo) gives us 15 ways to squeeze your budget. Most of these I already do, while some could use a little more work. Here is one that could afford more attention from me: Create a budget and track your spending. I track my spending but I ... Continue reading this article…

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Competitive Online Bank Accounts

by Luke Landes

For those who read this blog — or, for that matter, any blog dealing with personal finance — there are no suprises in this article from CNN Money, Online savings accounts duke it out. The article discusses ING Direct and its newer rivals in the higher-interest online-only savings bank scene, Emigrant Direct and HSBC. An ... Continue reading this article…

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