As featured in The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and more!

Buffett: Buying Houses Better Than Buying Stocks

by Luke Landes

On CNBC a few weeks ago, Warren Buffett told the television-viewing audience, among other things, that he would purchase a couple hundred thousand single-family homes right now, if it were practical to do so. That seems like a ringing endorsement of buying residential real estate for its value as an investment. If the buyer also ... Continue reading this article…

16 comments Read the full article →

Most Wealthy Individuals Earned, Not Inherited, Their Wealth

by Luke Landes

When I first read The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko, it didn’t inspire me. It’s not that I disagreed with the authors, but I found the book uninteresting. It was one of the first financial books I read after beginning Consumerism Commentary, and it came highly recommended from readers here and ... Continue reading this article…

19 comments Read the full article →

How to Be a DIYer Without Time or Talent

by Gerri Detweiler

This is a guest article by Gerri Detweiler. Gerri is the host of Talk Credit Radio and serves as Director of Consumer Education for She is the author or co-author of five books, including Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights. Her next DIY project is to (finally!) ... Continue reading this article…

11 comments Read the full article →

Podcast 155: The Work Revolution

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting talks with Julie Clow, author of The Work Revolution. They talk about differing energy cycles, ditching time cards & meetings, and measuring impact instead of employee activities. Consumerism Commentary Podcast The Work Revolution: S06E25 / 155 Download – RSS – iTunes Table of contents [00:00] Introduction from ... Continue reading this article…

0 comments Read the full article →

Will You Financially Support Your Parents?

by Luke Landes

My recent article on Business Insider points out that more families are living in multi-generational households with the recent shaky economy. While we are technically in a recovery period, the effects of the recession are still present in families. Taking care of elderly individuals is an expensive business, and those who did not save expecting ... Continue reading this article…

27 comments Read the full article →

Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World MasterCard Review

by Luke Landes

If you travel by airplane often, and you find that the best prices for your routes center around one airline, it can often be beneficial to join that airline’s frequent flier loyalty program. In addition, many airlines also partner with credit card companies to offer travel rewards credit cards that help you accrue frequent flier ... Continue reading this article…

0 comments Read the full article →

Do Multilingual Individuals Earn More Money?

by Luke Landes

A recent article in the New York Times (linked below) synthesizes several studies about people who speak several languages fluently. I am relatively confident that the ability to converse in more than one language adds to your human capital, increasing the likelihood of earning more money over time. There are some surveys that show that ... Continue reading this article…

9 comments Read the full article →

The End of the Cent (in Canada)

by Luke Landes

In 2011, the United States government lost over $60 million through the minting of pennies. One-cent pieces now cost the government 2.41 cents, each, to produce. When the American cent was introduced in 1793, a typical annual salary for a teacher may have been about $60, so a cent would represent 0.016 percent of this ... Continue reading this article…

5 comments Read the full article →

The Cost of Raising a Child With Autism

by Luke Landes

A few years ago, I shared a statistic showing that it costs almost $200,000 to raise a child, from birth to age eighteen. If that weren’t enough of a financial burden, consider that one out of 88 children are now diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (source, pdf). Regardless ... Continue reading this article…

14 comments Read the full article →

How to Handle a Credit Card Data Breach

by Luke Landes

Last week, Global Payments confirmed a massive security breach involving credit and debit card numbers and information. Global Payments operates a gateway; when you use your credit or debit card to purchase an item — and this could be online or in a brick-and-mortar store — your card information is sent through Global Payments or ... Continue reading this article…

8 comments Read the full article →
Page 49 of 521« First···4748495051···100150200···Last »