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Monthly Update – December 2004

by Luke Landes

Happy New Year! My financial resolution is to cut my spending for 2005. First of all, I’m switching from Microsoft Money 2003 to Quicken 2005 Premier Home & Business. I’ll run both programs simultaneously for a month or so, and then get rid of Money. All of my historical transactions are still in Money so ... Continue reading this article…

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Stop (Hey) What’s That Sound?

by Luke Landes

Listen. Can you hear it? It’s the sound of money disappearing from my savings. It’s been going on for many months now. I haven’t been able to save as much as I used to, and I’ve had to dip into my savings more often than I have wanted. I think the reason for this is ... Continue reading this article…

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Home Inventory

by Luke Landes

Anyone who owns “things” should keep an inventory of all those “things.” I haven’t really updated my inventory in a while, and the beginning of the new year would be a good time to do so. The Insurance Information Institute has a website from where you can download free software to help in your recordkeeping. ... Continue reading this article…

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Certified Used Cars

by Luke Landes

How to buy certified used cars, according to Peter Valdes-Dapena from CNN Money. “Certified” is generally the way to go for much value-conscious people.

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ING Moves Up Again

by Luke Landes

ING Direct has increased the interest paid to its savings account customers to 2.35 percent. If you’re not keeping your emergency fund, or any money you’re not investing/gambling with here, you should think about opening an account. If you do want to open an account, I can offer you $25 for doing so through a referral ... Continue reading this article…

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Talk About A Nice Holiday Gift

by Luke Landes

According to an article in USA Today, more consumers give new cars as gifts than they ever have before. Specifically, gifts tend to be luxury model cars. It’s hard to fathom what is needed to afford this type of thing. I’m struggling with coming out on top at the end of the month even while ... Continue reading this article…

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‘Tis The Season

by Luke Landes

Jennifer Mulrean over on MSN Money put together a nice article regarding results for a holiday shopping related survey. Here are some interesting tidbits: * Most respondents are giving gifts to between six and ten people. * 300 respondents (out of more than 2,000) are giving no gifts. * A plurality (21 percent) of respondents are ... Continue reading this article…

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Catching Up

by Luke Landes

There have been many articles I’ve wanted to link to in the past week and a half or so, but I just haven’t really had too much time to do so. Here’s another millionaire in the making story from CNN Money. The couple are avid savers. Of course, the biggest help they have is having ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You Matching Inflation?

by Luke Landes

The “Consumer Price Index” is around 3.2 percent at the moment, although I believe the cost of living has gone up much more for most people, due to prices of things that are not reflected in the CPI. Hopefully, any cost of living adjustments we receive at our jobs will cover at least the Consumer ... Continue reading this article…

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On The Workfront

by Luke Landes

Good news from the office. Due to her blatant stupidity (getting completely plastered then showing up to work… and then getting quite sick), a coworker of mine is not going to be with us after the start of the year. This means I’m getting a new position and a pay increase in January, which will ... Continue reading this article…

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