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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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Carnival of Personal Finance #8

by Luke Landes

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance (basic introduction, schedule) and welcome to Consumerism Commentary (about, best of) to any new readers! This is the eighth installment of the Carnival. In this issue: Designer Pets. Free Money Finance discovers the latest craze for dog owners, crossing poodles with other breeds, giving us wonderful breednames ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Spent Yesterday

by Luke Landes

One of the things I enjoy doing every summer is attending and volunteering for drum and bugle corps shows. Yesterday, I drove to Allentown, Pennsylvania for part one of the Eastern Championships, and tonight, I’ll be taking my girlfriend to part two. One ticket to the last night’s show is $25. I opted for two ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival Submissions

by Luke Landes

Reminder for those who blog: It’s time to submit your articles to the Carnival of Personal Finance #8, hosted here at Consumerism Commentary. Send an email to carnival[at]consumerismcommentary[dot]com (or fill out this form and select “Carnival of Personal Finance”) with the required information in order to be included.

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Flirtation at the Office

by Luke Landes

USA Today is revealing some bad news for office flirts: those who flirt are less likely to see career advancement. In the first study to make plain the negative consequences of such behavior, 49 percent of 164 female MBA graduates said in a survey that they have tried to advance in their careers by sometimes engaging ... Continue reading this article…

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