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by Luke Landes

When I first started this weblog in July, 2003, I had been blogging for years already at a different location. At the time I started Consumerism Commentary, I knew of only one other personal finance blog on the internet, PFBlog. Now, just like all other types, more blogs centered around personal finance have sprung up. ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Young Millionaire

by Luke Landes

Here’s another one of CNN Money’s Millionare stories. Blah blah blah. Guy doesn’t go to college, now he and his wife are making $300,000 in real estate. It would be nice to earn that kind of money… but I just couldn’t bring myself to be a real estate salesman, or any kind of salesman. No ... Continue reading this article…

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Residual Value

by Luke Landes

I like to see this as vindication for my purchase… Honda has been named by the Automotive Lease Guide as being the best brand for residual value for the second year in a row. That means its cars hold its value over time. However, if the results are divided into categories, the Nissan Altima displaced ... Continue reading this article…

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Anxiously Awaiting?

by Luke Landes

Thanks for writing in; I know I’ve been a little slow with November’s financial update. It would be more accurate to say that I haven’t posted it at all yet, which is entirely true. You are anxiously awaiting my monthly update, but you (and I) will be disappointed to see only a minor improvement, if ... Continue reading this article…

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Blu-Ray to Go the Way of Betamax?

by Luke Landes

4 studios back new DVD format It seems like the movie studios are putting their weight behind Toshiba’s HD DVD format, a specification vastly inferior to the tech-preferred Sony Blu-Ray. Simply, the storage capacity of a dual-layer Blu-Ray disc is 50GB while the maximum a HD DVD disc can hold is only 30GB. Since the ... Continue reading this article…

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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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