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GM’s Employee Discount

by Luke Landes

You’ve heard of this deal on the television and on blogs. General Motors [GM] is advertising an “Employee Discount for Everyone” sale, in which they are offering their vehicles for the same price an employee would pay, “not a cent more.” Is it really a good deal? If you participate, most likely you will be ... Continue reading this article…

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Blogging For (Fun and) Profit

by Luke Landes

Companies are paying bloggers to write about their products. Many of these bloggers don’t disclose that the company whose product they write about is providing compensation, whether it’s $5 per mention, a free vacation, or several thousand dollars. Should there be mandatory disclaimer so an advertisement isn’t mistaken for a legitimate review? It may breach ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Articles of Interest

by Luke Landes

How Much Personal Liability Insurance Do You Need? The Motley Fool recommends covering yourself for how much you might have to lose if sued at the end of the term of insurance rather than how much you might lose if sued now. Are you an extreme saver? (For some reason, I’m reminded of the extreme ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival Update

by Luke Landes

Yesterday was the Carnival of Personal Finance #2, hosted by Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. The Carnival is a good way for readers to learn about various blogs they might not already read and for bloggers to get more exposure for their articles. Any blogger is eligible to submit an article, as long as it’s (loosely) ... Continue reading this article…

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More Signs of a Housing Bubble?

by Luke Landes

Carnival of Personal Finance #2 has been published at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity! Bloggers can still submit articles throughout the day. Do it! Standard & Poor’s Rating Services is making it more difficult for individuals to obtain adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs). Their official stance is that this type of loan is the only factor that ... Continue reading this article…

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Master of Your Eminent Domain

by Luke Landes

Last week I talked about the Supreme Court decision regarding Eminent Domain. Hot on the heels of the decision, a town in Texas is preparing to seize 3 properties to make way for a marina. This time, businesses are involved rather than residences. The marina is expected to attract $60 million and create as much ... Continue reading this article…

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Entitlement Generation?

by Luke Landes

The latest term for those of us (though I will soon be abandoning this club) in our twenties is the Entitlement Generation. As the article notes, every generation has its period of negative labeling: “In their day, baby boomers were rabble-rousing hippies, while Gen Xers were apathetic slackers.” The crux of the Entitlement Generation is ... Continue reading this article…

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Frugal Anywhere

by Luke Landes

Another article on MSN offers 50 ways to trim your budget. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a chart outlining the average household expenditures as a percent of income, much like I did earlier this month. In each of the categories, the article offers some suggestions for cutting back costs. Many of these I’m already ... Continue reading this article…

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Frugal In The Country

by Luke Landes

How does a single mother of three kids survive on $31,000? First of all, she doesn’t live in New Jersey. After some unfortunate circumstances and some bad moves, Tricia offers some tips for making the most out of what you earn. The MSN article offers all of her tips, but to summarize, the list includes ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday Reading

by Luke Landes

Here’s what I’m reading today, updated throughout the day as I feel like it. Jim Jubak sees a revolt pertaining to property taxes and the Alternative Minimum Tax. Prediction: Oil will either spike to $100 a barrel or it will drop. There is a third possibility that the price will do neither. In conclusion, no ... Continue reading this article…

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