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Why Sellers Overestimate the Value of Their Houses

by Luke Landes

When calculating my net worth, I tend to take a conservative approach. Where certain balances are not exact, like the value of my car, I tend to assume the value is lower than what it might be. This way, there are no dangerous surprises if I needed to convert an asset like that into cash ... Continue reading this article…

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According to Wells Fargo, My Name is Business Customer

by Luke Landes

I chuckled when I received my replacement business debit card in the mail yesterday. Although I never had any problems with my account, and I’ve always received mail from Wells Fargo addressed properly, at some point, someone in the bank decided the name of the owner of my business accounts is “Business Customer.” As Wells ... Continue reading this article…

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Extreme Couponing Fuzzy Math

by Luke Landes
Walmart Grocery Shopping

I’m a big fan of saving money on necessary spending. Grocery shopping is expensive, and food and household staples present an excellent opportunity to find coupons and save money with every visit. The savings can be substantial if you’re willing to put in the time to find the right coupons, dumpster-dive to collect other people’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 117: Yaron Samid, BillGuard

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Yaron Samid, founder and CEO of the personal finance security service BillGuard. Yaron talks to Tom Dziubek and discusses how BillGuard works, fraudulent credit and debit card transactions, how BillGuard detects these potentially fraudulent transactions and how it notifies their customers. Consumerism Commentary Podcast #117 Yaron Samid, ... Continue reading this article…

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Rewards Cards Cost Mom and Pop Stores More

by Luke Landes

I’ve been using rewards credit cards for many years now. I initially used cash back credit cards to turn what was mostly necessary spending or purchases I would have made with cash or a debit card anyway into hundreds of dollars back in my hands — or by bank account — each year. Now I ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Dividend Card for College Students Review

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. The credit cards that were available to me while I was in college were a far cry from the student credit cards available today. While many issuers offered free gifts for signing up, like tee-shirts and Frisbees, the cards came ... Continue reading this article…

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Man Gives Derek Jeter’s Baseball to Team, Criticized for Everything

by Luke Landes
Baseball

The other day, Derek Jeter achieved his 3,000th hit, a major baseball milestone. The hit happened to be a home run, and the fan who recovered the ball, Christian Lopez, has been in the news — well, the sports news, anyway. Players like to be able to claim milestone baseballs for their own collection, so ... Continue reading this article…

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card

by Luke Landes

Awhile ago, I wrote about Southwest Airlines and the credit card they have been offering to their frequent fliers. Although I’ve never been on a Southwest flight, this airline is always highly recommended by my friends and family. They just never seem to fly direct from where I am to where I need to go. ... Continue reading this article…

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Netflix Increases Subscription Price for Some Customers

by Luke Landes

My Facebook feed exploded the other day with news that Netflix was changing its pricing scheme. For some customers, those who subscribe to unlimited streaming and DVD plans, the new price would be a 50 percent increase. I subscribe to Netflix. A few months ago I re-instated my account to take advantage of the streaming-only option ... Continue reading this article…

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Bank of America Settles Overdraft Fee Lawsuit

by Luke Landes
Bank of America Lawsuit

If you qualify for the Bank of America overdraft lawsuit settlement, you may have already received a postcard in the mail from the bank. Here is information on the overdraft lawsuit, only one of many class action lawsuits against Bank of America. If you recently received a check from Bank of America for about $98, ... Continue reading this article…

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