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New Jersey Turnpike Stories

by Luke Landes

After reading the news about hybrids being allowed in the New Jersey Turnpike’s HOV lanes, I’ve been in the mood to read more about that highway. Thankfully, a new article from the New York Times, A Dozen Roadside Attractions [free subscription], satisfies that itch and refers to the rest areas alongside the road. The article ... Continue reading this article…

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Some Online Reviews Are Fake

by Luke Landes

Shocked? Before I make a large purchasing decision, like determining which notebook computer or other technology equipment to buy and where to get it for the right price, I check various websites to find reviews written by owners. For a company like Best Buy or Amazon.com, allowing users to create product reviews is a great ... Continue reading this article…

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50-Year Mortgages

by Luke Landes

Lenders are now offering 50-year mortgages for those homeowners who want to be able to afford monthly payments on a house and who don’t mind a slower pace of building equity. Here’s a quick comparison, using the mortgage calculator at bankrate.com. For a 30-year $500,000 mortgage at a 7 percent interest rate, monthly payments will run ... Continue reading this article…

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The Finance of Sleep Loss

by Luke Landes

One thing that is important to remember is that parial sleep loss is cumulative. That means that if you get 30 minutes less sleeping time than your body needs each day during the week, your body will want to make up two and a half hours of sleep during the weekend, or whenever you can ... Continue reading this article…

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Tips for Dealing With Recruiters

by Luke Landes

They always seem to call at the wrong time, first of all. But recruiters and headhunters have worked well for many people. Fortune Magazine explains how to help them help you. First, the problem: After 12 years as a finance manager… I’d like to explore opportunities elsewhere. Yet the only calls I get from recruiters ... Continue reading this article…

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First Week On The Job

by Luke Landes

I started a new job this week. The location is much more convenient, the pay is better, the responsibilities are relatively similar, and the people are friendlier. In addition, it’s bound to be better for my career at the company in the short term and for my life in the long term. Things are progressing ... Continue reading this article…

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Verizon FIOS Driving Down Comcast Prices

by Luke Landes

Pkp646 asked in response to my latest Comcast adventure (which isn’t quite the latest — there’s something new I haven’t written about yet): I would be interested to know, Flexo, if there has been talk of allowing Verizon’s FIOS into your area. It seems that everywhere that they are trying to enter the field, Comcast ... Continue reading this article…

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How Liz Pulliam Weston Became a Millionaire

by Luke Landes

Let’s face it: if she (and her husband) can, you can, too! While acknowledging that a million bucks ain’t what it used to be, Liz, a columnist for MSN Money, shared her secrets about how her family’s net worth climbed to $1,000,000. There were no game shows or “reality” TV appearances. According to Liz, here ... Continue reading this article…

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