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Contrarian Attitude to Investing

by Luke Landes

I don’t normally read Charles E. Kirk but I do have The Kirk Report in my RSS feed reader, so once in a while, I might come across something in which I find myself very interested. Today, Charles mentioned an article he wrote more than a year and a half ago called Walking a Stock ... Continue reading this article…

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How Much Will I Spend On Gas This Year?

by Luke Landes

I’m in the mood for some calculations. I paid $2.47 per gallon for gasoline last night. What will it cost me to drive to work this year, assuming $2.50 is the average I’ll pay? I drive 80 miles to and from work (combined) each day. To make the calculation easy, let’s say each year I ... Continue reading this article…

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Saving Up For The Next Vacation

by Luke Landes

I don’t have any concrete plans for another vacation, but I did take a step to organize my funds for a trip of some sort. Normally, I throw whatever change I have left in my pocket at the end of the day into a jar. (However, I do keep quarters separate since I need them ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #10

by Luke Landes

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the double digits. Carnival of Personal Finance #10 has been posted on Frugal for Life with 26 submissions. The article I submitted deals with one way to waste time and money. Many wonderful articles are featured this week, so make sure you check them out.

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Selling Used Books (and Other Items) on Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

I’ve decided to clean out my apartment a small amount by selling some used books on Amazon.com. Most are college textbooks that have been sitting around for quite a while. I’m writing about this here for two reasons. First of all, I’ll track my experience selling on Amazon.com. Secondly, maybe there are readers of this ... Continue reading this article…

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Stupid Investment of the Week

by Luke Landes

On MarketWatch, Chuck Jaffe presents his Stupid Investment of the Week. In this case, it is the STAR Trader Workshop. If workshops like these have superfans, I am the farthest from one. Luckilly, Chuck lost only time and not money by attending an introductory workshop. This seminar, as advertised on television infomercials, is supposed to ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Regret

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi regrets her past mistakes of inaction. We can all learn from her mistakes, I believe. In the article, she mentions three actions she wishes she had taken which would have improved her financial situation. Use a Roth IRA to save for a down payment. Roth IRAs are generally thought of accounts for retirement, ... Continue reading this article…

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Vacation In Total

by Luke Landes

So, how much did I spend on my vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia? Let’s take a look.

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McMansions and McBacklash

by Luke Landes

Backlash is growing against McMansions, especially in communities where there isn’t enough room for them, according to Les Christie from CNN. Personally, I’d rather have a smaller house on a larger lot than a larger house on a smaller lot. According to this article, in 1950 the average new house was 963 square feet and ... Continue reading this article…

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No Tips, Service Charge Instead

by Luke Landes

A fancy restaurant in New York City is eliminating tips and opting for a mandatory service charge of 20 percent of the bill. The restaurant has a noble mission. The cooks are struggling at minimum-wage jobs while waiters, also minimum-wage workers, retain all the benefits of the tips. However, I’m not sure that this is ... Continue reading this article…

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