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40-Year Mortgages

by Luke Landes

According to an article on MSN Money, 40-year mortgages are about to become mainstream. Forty-year mortgages have lower monthly payments than their 30-year cousins, although they cost more over the life of the loan because the borrower pays interest for 10 years longer. With the lower monthly payments, they are seen as a tool to ... Continue reading this article…

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Car-Buying Sexism

by Luke Landes

The author of Girl Meets World writes about her experience buying a Honda Civic and encountering sexism, even from the female sales managers.

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Advertise Here

by Luke Landes

Sidenote: I’m testing out AdBrite on Consumerism Commentary. You can now buy text ads directly for display on this website rather than going through Google Adsense. I’ve set the price really low for advertisers: $1.50 per day* with no minimum. Try it out, it can’t hurt. \* This rate will last until sometime on Tuesday, ... Continue reading this article…

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Lasting Financial Change

by Luke Landes

So you want to change your saving and spending habits? MP Dunleavey shares her seven stages of lasting financial change. Sometimes I feel like I’m not making enough progress in changing my habits, particularly when I splurge on a $400 camcorder for myself, like I did last month. (To be fair, I’ve held off on ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Does My Money Go?

by Luke Landes

Eric asked me where I can cut back my expenses. I was actually working on this issue as he was posting this question. (It’s been a slow morning at work.) The chart below shows where my money from each paycheck is going and underneath there are some comments.

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Weekend Update

by Luke Landes

I had a busy weekend — despite getting the chance to do some fun things, I managed not to spend too much money. Besides getting some schoolwork done for my class, I went to New York on Saturday to see a Mets game with my girlfriend. For this, I incurred gas, tolls, and the price ... Continue reading this article…

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Walmart’s Nazi Ad

by Luke Landes

Walmart published an advertisement in an Arizona newspaper depicting a Nazi book-burning. The intent was to compare the censorship with a local proposition that would prevent Walmart from expanding its stores in the area. They have since apologized and fired the individual responsible for the ad, but what humanity, what hypocrisy. The ad included this ... Continue reading this article…

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FCC Speeds Up Digital TV

by Luke Landes

The FCC has decided to speed up the digital television requirement in order to make over-the-air radio frequencies available to be sold off to private parties. This will force people to buy new televisions or a converter for their old television at or before that time. Slashdot discussion here.

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Friday’s News

by Luke Landes

As Friday progresses, I’ll add articles and news I find interesting to this post. * Jim Jubak says there is no housing bubble. The first rule of Housing Bubble is you do not talk about Housing Bubble. His reasons: mortgage money is cheap (low rates), high prices are a result of inflation only, and consumer ... Continue reading this article…

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Busy

by Luke Landes

I apologize for the relative silence. I’ve been busy setting up two new blogs for people who contacted me asking to host for them, in addition to a new brand identity for some of the other random things I do online. This is, of course, on top of work and classwork.

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