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Best of Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

This list contains some of the articles I’ve posted that I feel should be highlighted as the Best (or most popular) of Consumerism Commentary. What I intend on highlighting is not what I have written, but mainly the follow-up conversations that ensued in response the entry, driven by reader participation — I’m not pretending I’m ... Continue reading this article…

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Auto Insurance Refund

by Luke Landes

The good news is I’ll be getting a check in about three weeks. Since I cancelled my old auto insurance after paying most of the premium, I’ll be receiving $2,819 in the mail. I’ll put the remainder of the premium due on my new insurance into a savings account where it can earn some interest ... Continue reading this article…

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Quick Reminder to Other Bloggers

by Luke Landes

A while ago, the address (URL/URI) of this website changed to consumerismcommentary.com. Links to the old address might stop working, so if you maintain a website that includes a link to Consumerism Commentary (such as on a sidebar, blogroll, or a list of blogs), please change the address of the link to consumerismcommentary.com whenever you ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ten Best and Ten Worst Jobs

by Luke Landes

The editors of CareerJournal.com (a division of the Wall Street Journal) surveyed themselves to determine the ten best and ten worst jobs. Their specifications: … Not in terms of glamour — or just in terms of salary — but in terms of things such as job security, emotional stress and basic physical safety. The editors ... Continue reading this article…

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Generous USians

by Luke Landes

A new report by the Giving USA Foundation announces that charitable giving incerased 5 percent to almost $250 billion in 2004, and that doesn’t even take most of the tsunami relief into account. The two categories of organizations receiving the largest amounts of contributions are religious groups and education. Smaller organizations were more likely than ... Continue reading this article…

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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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