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Auto Insurance Weirdness

by Luke Landes

Here’s something odd. After getting my car last March, I had to pay my entire premium in installments, finally due in December. This year, I have to pay me entire premium due in March. According to their paperwork, this means that in the course of one year, I have to pay two years’ worth of ... Continue reading this article…

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Business Blogging Awards and South by Southwest

by Luke Landes

It looks like they have reset all votes over at the 2005 Business Blogging Awards. If you enjoy reading about my financial wees and woes, feel free to vote for Consumerism Commentary for Best Personal Finance Blog. Don’t worry—I have no expectations, but I was nominated by a few people so I figured I might ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Buy More Home Than You Can Afford

by Luke Landes

I’m about to leave my office, so I’ll have to add to this entry later. Here’s an article from MSN Money that touches on the topic of biting off more than is chewable; that is, buying a home more expensive than what you can afford. “Traditional” calculators and advice from mortgage lenders will lead people ... Continue reading this article…

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Fed Funds Up

by Luke Landes

The Federal Reserve raised the “target for the federal funds rate” to 2.5 percent up 25 basis points (0.25 percentage points). Their statement shows that their decision is based on the idea that inflation is “realitvely low.” I expect the interest rate on my savings account will follow suit, especially since the competition has leapfrogged in ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Disasters

by Luke Landes

Gerri Willis at CNN Money gives us five tips for handling financial emergencies. Create a safety net. This requires thinking ahead. Everyone will have at least one kind of financial emergency in their lifetime. The author suggests having three to nine months’ worth of living expenses in an accssible account. Break into the piggy bank. ... Continue reading this article…

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Cash Decreasing

by Luke Landes

January has been a tough month. My available cash has been decreasing and my investments didn’t do too well. Read the rest of the article to see the chart. I came out ahead, but barely, even taking into account the fact I was snowed in one weekend and didn’t go out and I was sick ... Continue reading this article…

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2004 Investment Performance

by Luke Landes

According to my Microsoft Money 2004 report, my investments did well in 2004. My 401(k) produced a 23.9 percent return over the year, not accounting for my employer match, just the change in fund values. My Roth IRA delivered a 17.2 percent return. I have a regular investment account that provided me with a less impressive 6.8 percent ... Continue reading this article…

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Super Saver

by Luke Landes

This is what I should be thinking about for 2005. The article paints a picture of Rick Kuhlman who has found some ways to save that I think could apply to me. He replaced all the lightbulbs in his house with energy-efficient ones. At first I thought that it would be better to wait for ... Continue reading this article…

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Olsen Twins Buy Out Their CEO

by Luke Landes

The Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are now twin queens of their media empire. Not bad for only 18. Apparently their attorney, who helped them build the Olsen Twin Empire and has been CEO of their company, agreed to let the twins take over their business if compensated, and in his own words he was, handsomely. ... Continue reading this article…

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Business Blogging Awards

by Luke Landes

If you enjoy reading Consumerism Commentary (that’s this website, the blog you are now reading), please take a moment to vote for us at the Business Blogging Awards. We’ve been nominated under the “personal finance blog” category. I am pretty sure that we’re not going to win, but it would be nice not to be ... Continue reading this article…

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