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Account Balances and Income vs. Expenses, June 2005

by Luke Landes

If you continue reading this entry, you’ll find my account balances for the end of June, 2005. Some notes: * I have been on a month-to-month lease, which costs me $300 extra each month! I paid for a little more than two months of that fee this month and I haven’t bothered to accrue. That ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Week, Another Carnival

by Luke Landes

Carnival of Personal Finance #3 is online at AllThingsFinancial. Some interesting posts to highlight: Alphabet Soup, a guide to the different professional designations in finance. Nickel warns people to think before writing a check in a world where there is a hot black market for personal banking information. On AllThingsFinancial, JLP teacher us how to ... Continue reading this article…

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In Pursuit of Financial Freedom

by Luke Landes

For those of us in the United States, Independence Day is coming up. Coincidentally, Consumerism Commentary began two years ago this month. This website is also concerned with independence — financial independence. Writing here forces me to take a look at my finances. I had to take a look at the many mistakes I made ... Continue reading this article…

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That Time Of Year

by Luke Landes

It’s gotten a little bland around here, I know. I’ve been working my ass off at work, and just about every other moment of my life is spent working on some random project, researching or writing papers for school, or spending time with my lady. I don’t get much sleep. I’m on the board of ... Continue reading this article…

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Moving On Up

by Luke Landes

This just in: The Fed has raised rates another quarter point to 3.25 percent. The effect will ripple through the economy, which is good news for banks. I’m looking forward to some of the banks, such as ING Direct and Emigrant Direct (where I hold my savings) raising their rates as well.

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The Urge to Merge

by Luke Landes

According to the New York Times, Bank of America is buying MBNA. This is another reason why consumers should avoid carrying a balance on credit cards if they are being charged interest. As more credit issuers merge, there will be less competition. With less competition, annual fees and interest rates will rise. Update: CNN answers ... Continue reading this article…

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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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