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ING Direct Moves Up

by Luke Landes

Perhaps ING Direct has been feeling the heat from competitors. Today the online bank raised the interest rate offered on its savings account from 2.35 percent to 2.6 percent. The rate is still below Emigrant Direct, but I’ll still stick with ING for now. ING also offers referral bonuses; if I refer you through email to open ... Continue reading this article…

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New Coins

by Luke Landes

The new nickels will be put into circulation on February 28. They feature a close-up of Thomas Jefferson and I can’t say that I’m a fan of the new design. The reverse contains a new engraving of a bison. On March 3, the U.S. Mint will begin offering their standard 2005 proof coin set, a ... Continue reading this article…

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Saving Money With New Twins in the House

by Luke Landes

CNN Money profiled a family that needed to put more effort into saving after the motehr gave birth to twins. Some of their tactics include borrowing movies from the library instead of Blockbuster, getting haircuts and exercise at local colleges instead of salons and clubs, and shopping for groceries at superstores. By the way, they ... Continue reading this article…

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Luxuries You Can Live Without

by Luke Landes

M.P. Dunleavey adds this commentary on MSN Money. She talks about “luxury” products that draw the attention of middle-class individuals to help them feel like they have a wealthy lifestyle. One of her points is that the premium paid for a high end item very rarely justifies the price difference. Dunleavey includes examples of various ... Continue reading this article…

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Professional Blogger

by Luke Landes

Jason Kottke is leaving his full-time job to devote himself completely to his blog. He won’t be making money through advertising, he’ll be relying on the goodwill of visitors to pitch in. His basic donation is $30 and I’m sure he won’t have a problem finding 1,000 people to donate that much money. Is it ... Continue reading this article…

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Bonus Update

by Luke Landes

On a personal note, I received my bonus last week and it was a bit lower than I expected. I’m in a non-management position, so I get paid for overtime but I generaly expect a non-impressive bonus compared to most. I have to consider that I wasn’t at the company for a while last year ... Continue reading this article…

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Sweet Credit Card Deals

by Luke Landes

This article from MSN Money is warning the readers of those sweet-sounding credit card offers, such as 0 percent interest for the life of a transferred balance. Their tips: Clarify the deal. You may have to make a purchase every month, and if you do, your payments go towards the transferred balance first. Be suspicious of ... Continue reading this article…

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Social Security Calculator

by Luke Landes

Chuck Schumer, the senator from New York, put up a fancy Social Security benefits calculator on his website. This calculator shows how much today’s workers will likely receive for their annual benefits if Bush’s proposed plan is pushed through. Here’s a hint: your combined benefit of both the government and private portion will be lower ... Continue reading this article…

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Annual Review

by Luke Landes

It’s annual review and bonus time at my company. I have my performance review meeting with my boss in about in hour, and luckilly this article caught my attention beforehand. Now I’m in a good mood, which is more than what could be said after finding out my bonus number this morning. Perhaps I’ll have ... Continue reading this article…

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Affluent Shop at Discount Stores

by Luke Landes

According to a new survey commissioned by Visa, high income earners, those with a household income of more than $125,000, are more likely to clip coupons and shop at discount stores than the general population. Also, ninety percent of those households think of themselves as middle-class or upper-middle-class rather than affluent. If being in the ... Continue reading this article…

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