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Gasoline Price Database

by Luke Landes

Earlier, I mentioned a great tool for mapping gasoline prices. Now, AAA members will have access to a new service that will identify gasoline prices at individual service stations. When the service begins, it was interesting to see if the data set is more comprehensive than the Gas Buddy database.

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More Homes Valued $1M

by Luke Landes

One out of every hundred homes is valued at more than $1,000,000. This figure is twice as high as was in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In terms of percentages, California leads with 4 percent of homes and is followed by Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and New York. At the other end of the ... Continue reading this article…

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Class Action Lawsuit?

by Luke Landes

Today, I received an American Express Card statement in the mail. That wouldn’t be too strange if not for the fact I haven’t used the card in over a year. So I took a look and apparently I’ve been awarded a settlement in a class action lawsuit, and I now have a credit in my ... Continue reading this article…

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Stress Management

by Luke Landes

Workers in the United States put in more hours on the job per year than those in other countries, according to the International Labour Organization, an agency of the UN. The survey finds that there is a higher level of worker stress in the U.S. With baby-boomers getting set to retire, a large portion of ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s News Items

by Luke Landes

Here is a round-up of some of the stories in the news today. I’ll add more as I find them. * Interest-only loans caused a wave of foreclosures in the Great Depression, and today’s are even riskier. * There are more millionaires now than there have ever been. It’s not such the exclusive club it ... Continue reading this article…

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Price Waves

by Luke Landes

Jim Jubak has published an important article about inflation. Jim, with support from The Great Wave by David Hackett Fischer, explains how the Federal Reserve Bank is ignoring long-term inflation while being concerned with shorter, cyclical events. There is historical precedence for the price inflation the world is currently going through. Jim picks out some ... Continue reading this article…

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Gift Spending

by Luke Landes

Popular people find themselves invited to a number of their friend’s events, such as weddings, anniversaries, bridal showers, baby showers, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, etc. These are the typical events that generally take place between getting out of college and middle ages. How can a popular person afford to attend all these social events?

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Archives and Categories

by Luke Landes

In addition to offering a new archives index for Consumerism Commentary, I’ve created a category cloud. The category cloud lists all categories in a text size relative to the number of associated posts. I’ve also begun recategorizing some of the older posts to fit nicely in the scheme I’ve been using lately. That project will ... Continue reading this article…

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Most and Least Affordable Cities

by Luke Landes

A new survey from Salary.com determines which cities provide its residents with the most and least value for your salary. To spoil the fun, here are the results. The five most affordable cities are New London, Connecticut; Huntsville, Alabama; Baltimore, Maryland; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is an interesting collection. Out of these five, ... Continue reading this article…

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This Month’s Bottom Line

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the things affecting my personal bottom line this month: * Income: I worked a smaller-than-average amount of overtime this month, so there won’t be much to talk about. The equivalent of my overtime pay before taxes is transferred to my Emigrant Direct savings account. * More income: I did some freelance ... Continue reading this article…

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