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Chase Freedom $100 Bonus Cash Back

by Luke Landes

For the last six months, potential credit card customers have been courted by companies offering bigger bonuses and better offers. Different customers look for different things when choosing to sign up for a new credit card, whether it’s a 0 percent introductory interest rate, a lucrative rewards program, or thousands of miles to use on a ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Rich By Thinking About Being Rich

by Luke Landes

In her new book, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, the author, Cordelia Fine cites studies that show how our lives are affected directly by the labels we give ourselves. I’m not interested in the strictly gender-related aspects of this discussion, at least not for Consumerism Commentary, but I am ... Continue reading this article…

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Unplug Your Cable Box to Save Money

by Luke Landes
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Set-top boxes continuously run in homes who have them. Cable boxes, satellite boxes, and digital video recorders (DVRs) are designed to constantly remain on, even while no one in the household is home. According to the National Resources Defense Council, these devices cost $3 billion to run every year, and $2 billion of that cost ... Continue reading this article…

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Updated: Hackers Steal Credit Card Numbers From 360,000 Citi Customers

by Luke Landes

The latest big business security breach affected Citigroup and about 1 percent of the company’s credit card customers. Hackers were able to access the customer database, finding customers’ names, credit card numbers, and email addresses free for the taking. The hackers were not able to gain access to other personal information, like Social Security numbers, card ... Continue reading this article…

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$300,000 on Credit Cards and an 815 FICO Score

by Luke Landes
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The choice to use credit cards tends to be more personal than financial. While credit card use can be the gateway to a lifetime buried in debt, it doesn’t have to be. Most people are Type A credit card users. Type A credit card users see credit cards as a tool for buying anything for ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 114: Summer Cooling Tips, Steve Rosenstock, EEI

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Steve Rosenstock of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) about tips to cool your house in the summer. Steve discusses many ways to cool your house down, including giving your air conditioning unit a checkup, using a programmable thermostat and several cheap and easy methods which ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Invest $100,000 or Pay Off Mortgage

by Luke Landes

To someone with debt, receiving an inheritance can feel like winning the lottery. Occasionally, an heir doesn’t realize money will be coming her way and hasn’t planned for the windfall or thought about her options. Even those who do plan often realize that contemplating options for managing a potential windfall is quite different from making ... Continue reading this article…

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The True Cost of Rent to Own

by Luke Landes
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The debate pitting the concept of buying versus the concept of renting will never end. With a primary home, there may be a plethora of financial calculators and endless real estate analysts to help you make the decision. There are financial considerations as well as non-financial considerations, and pundits on either side who swear their ... Continue reading this article…

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Last Year: Return of the Millionaires

by Luke Landes
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According to the latest World Wealth Report, a study designed by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, last year was a good year for high net-worth individuals (HNWIs), people with more than $1 million in investable assets. After a few years of lagging due to the global recession, the number of millionaires worldwide has climbed past the ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card $100 Cashback Bonus

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Credit card issuers seem to be getting more competitive with offers lately, and Citi has recently decided to increase their latest bonus. For a limited time only, the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Card will be offering $100 cash back after ... Continue reading this article…

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