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Investing While In Debt

by Luke Landes

An article by Dayana Yochim at The Motley Fool gives the reader license to invest in the market while in debt — as long as the debt is good debt and not bad. Even if the debt is bad debt (credit cards), she suggests investing what you can while keeping to a plan to get ... Continue reading this article…

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Great Interview Advice

by Luke Landes

This article by Sarah Max (yet another at CNN Money) is probably the best I’ve read on the topic of techniques for the job interviewee. First of all, after reading the article, I now know that just about everything I do in an interview is wrong. Human resources is absolutely the last place you want ... Continue reading this article…

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A Better ING Direct Deal

by Luke Landes

I didn’t realize this deal at ING Direct was still active. I was looking through my archives and I found my post from September 9, 2003. In that post, I included a link to a better ING Direct offer than the one you find all over the internet (especially blogs) where the originator gets $10 ... Continue reading this article…

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Having a Six-Figure Salary Doesn’t Hurt (But I Wouldn’t Know)

by Luke Landes

In this article from CNN Money, Marc and Elesya cite MONEY Magazine (CNN Money’s offline counterpart) with helping them determine their strategies for building their net worth. You know, it would be great to see some stories about poor schlubs like me just trying to get by in a mediocre-paying job renting an apartment by ... Continue reading this article…

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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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