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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Golbguru from Money, Matter and More Musings hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance earlier today, or technically yesterday. There were a number of very good articles included, so take a look if you have a chance. Here are a few in addition to those Golbguru has chosen to feature. * Using My Emergency Fund To ... Continue reading this article…

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Renting Makes You Richer

by Luke Landes

Over the weekend, Moom left a comment on 7 Ways to Kill Your Net Worth after observing a number of mainstream media articles touting the idea that real estate — your own home — is not a good investment. Interesting how now that the housing market is stagnating or going down in many regions there ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Sealant Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are some interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this past week. Replacing a Lost Social Security Card. I’ve done this once in my lifetime so far, and according to Jim, I have nine more allowed replacement requests until I die. This isn’t really personal-finance related, but Nickel is celebrating his two year anniversary ... Continue reading this article…

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How Much is Your Mom Worth?

by Luke Landes

Mother’s Day is approaching, which means you’re going to start hearing about a certain survey in noth the traditional and the “alternative” media. The paycheck comparison website, Salary.com, creates a questionnaire each year to determine the value of the work a mother does for her family. By determining the ten most popular “jobs” a mom ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Sleeping, Paris Hilton, and Apartment Hunting

by Luke Landes

My friend Nickel is celebrating the second anniversary of his blog, FiveCentNickel. Did you know that Consumerism Commentary has been around since July 2003? I’m looking forward to my fourth anniversary. In the mean time, here are some articles from this week in some of those prior years. From May 1-7, 2006: * May 2: ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Susbscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Happy First of May! Here’s a great way to ensure you won’t miss anything at Consumerism Commentary, particularly the week of excellent guest posts coming up. It’s easy to subscribe to our RSS feed in your favorite feed reader, like Bloglines, or get newest blog entries in your email inbox. It’s all about convenience. And ... Continue reading this article…

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The Festival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary is participating in the latest Festival of Frugality, hosted this week by Dawn at Frugal for Life. Dawn was kind enough to include a link to a recent post of mine about brand name vs. store/generic brand products. Here are some other good articles included this week: * Are These Silly Mistakes Taking ... Continue reading this article…

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4 Ways to Simplify Finances Where Possible

by Luke Landes

As I write this I am in the process of looking at apartments for my next move. Meanwhile, I’m also considering moving into a condominium or single family house. This is a tough decision as I have too many unanswered questions about my immediate future. I can’t waste time; my lease is up at the ... Continue reading this article…

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