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Another Wasted Day

by Luke Landes

The theme for today is apparently working at the office, considering this post and the previous about bad bosses. According to calculations from a survey conducted by Microsoft, a five-day work week contains only three days of productivity, on average. What were the biggest time wasters? Ineffective meetings, lack of communication, unclear objectives and priorities, ... Continue reading this article…

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MM’s PFBlog Network

by Luke Landes

The writer behind PFBlog.com has an interesting idea which will get more people blogging about personal finance. He has created the “PFBlog Network,” the purpose of which is creating a central location for personal finance blogs, hosted on MM’s domain. I’m trying out the Network with the intent of discovering whether it can drive more ... Continue reading this article…

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Trying Out Emigrant Direct

by Luke Landes

It’s been about three months since Emigrant Direct started offering a 3.0 percent interest yield on their savings account, beating out ING Direct for the favored spot in the minds of many. I’ve held out with ING for these three months and witnessed my favorite raise their rates, though not quite to the top. ING Direct’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Welcome Yahoo Finance Visitors

by Luke Landes

Tech Insider from Yahoo Finance has listed Consumerism Commentary among its list of “Ten Money Blogs Everyone Should Read.” If you’re visiting from that location, welcome! Feel free to browse through the archives (links down the right side of this page) and follow my thoughts and links on personal finance. Please don’t be shy; leave ... Continue reading this article…

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Suze Orman: Young, Fabulous and Decidedly Not Broke

by Luke Landes

Suze Orman is appearing on PBS right now on her fifth special, Young, Fabulous, and Broke. I’ll live-blog the first hour of the program. You can catch her on WNET 13 New York or possibly your local PBS station. Show them your support. Read on and reload throughout the hour! Keep in mind my server ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Finance Blogs in the News

by Luke Landes

Terri Cullen for The Wall Street Journal Online profiled personal finance blogs in an article today. The journalist had contacted me for an interview, but unfortunately we couldn’t hook up. That’s too bad; I could have used the free publicity and it’s always nice to be recognized. She did mention MyMoneyBlog, PFBlog, The Budgeting Babe, ... Continue reading this article…

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Grease The Maitre d’

by Luke Landes

Marshall Loeb from CBS Moneywatch has published an article explaining how to properly “grease,” that is, tip in advance to ensure special service. His “tips” for discreet tipping: * Talk to the person in power. * Speak privately instead of in front of other customers. * Fold the bill with the denomination clearly visible by ... Continue reading this article…

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Professional Blogger

by Luke Landes

Jason Kottke is leaving his full-time job to devote himself completely to his blog. He won’t be making money through advertising, he’ll be relying on the goodwill of visitors to pitch in. His basic donation is $30 and I’m sure he won’t have a problem finding 1,000 people to donate that much money. Is it ... Continue reading this article…

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