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‘Tis The Season For Giving

by Luke Landes

An article on CNN Money gives readers tips on charitable giving: * Give With Confidence (research the organization you choose to determine its legitimacy) * Wide Up Over the Phone (don’t be taken in by scammers) * Beware of Mail Tactics (don’t be taken in by scammers—again) * Be In It for the Long Run ... Continue reading this article…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Luke Landes

Happy Thanksgiving to all USians out there. I’m on vacation in Orange County, California at the moment, and I’ll post a Flexo update to my finances when I get back to Jersey next week. Have a great holiday!

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ING Direct Moves Up

by Luke Landes

Month after month, I’ve been incredibly happy with ING Direct for my savings accounts. I just noticed that their interest APY has gone up to 2.25 percent. I haven’t found anything higher for savings account. Email me for a referral and you’ll get $25 to open your account and I’ll get a $10 bonus.

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The Lottery

by Luke Landes

The Motley Fool has some tips on how to teach kids about the lottery. They suggest showing children some sort of physical manifestation of what the odds are really like. I think that’s a great idea for demonstrating how money is wasted. While we’re talking about the lottery, MSN Money also has an article about ... Continue reading this article…

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Ashes, Ashes

by Luke Landes

As you know if you follow the news, the U.S. dollar has been losing value when compared to other currencies around the world. I don’t know much about currencies, but I know that means anything dealing with something from outside the country (say, traveling overseas or imported food) is going to be more expensive. Someone ... Continue reading this article…

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For Smokers

by Luke Landes

Aside from the obvious health risks, the financial impact of smoking regularly has some pretty rough implications if you do the numbers, according to Hilary Smith and MSN Money.

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Top 30 ZIPs With Six-Figure Salaries

by Luke Landes

According to CNN Money the chart below shows the top 30 ZIP codes based on the percentage of residents earning $100,000 per year or more. If you’re wondering why regions like Beverly Hills and other rich locations around Los Angeles, or regions in Manhattan like the Upper East Side, didn’t make the list, it’s because ... Continue reading this article…

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More Millionaires This Year

by Luke Landes

There are more millionaire households in 2004 than ever, and they have increased in number at a record rate year-over-year. The latest research shows that the number of millionaires has increased 33 percent this past year to a total of 8.2 million U.S. households. Most of the people surveyed said that it was not real estate ... Continue reading this article…

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Debt Help

by Luke Landes

From MSN Money and Bankrate.com, 15 signs you need help with your debt. Seek help from a credit counselor if you do: Any trip to a credit counselor should be preceded by a thorough analysis of your family’s personal finances: how much money you have saved, how much you owe, how much you have coming ... Continue reading this article…

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Fix Up Your Home to Increase Value?

by Luke Landes

An article at The Motley Fool points out the ineffectiveness of making improvements around your home to “increase its value.” It may be worthwhile in some instances, but it’s rare for the value of your home to increase in value the same amount it costs to make the improvement. So if you find yourself with ... Continue reading this article…

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