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The Last 401(k) Guide You’ll Ever Need, Five Tips, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine is presenting five tips for building a great 401(k) account. Their first suggestion was to save early and save often by diverting as much as possible directly from your salary to your retirement account. Here’s the next tip. Spread Your Money Around What you must do, though, is choose a suitable combination of ... Continue reading this article…

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Selling a Car While Upside-Down

by Luke Landes

A few years ago, I woke up. It cost me more to go to work than I was making, thanks to commuting, living expenses, and a non-profit salary. I was the one not profiting. Life was great when I simply ignored the mounting debt. There was only so long that could last, though. There are ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #53

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance! What a year it has been. The first Carnival of Personal Finance was posted on June 20, 2005. To celebrate the Carnival’s first birthday, I asked participants to submit two articles: a recent favorite as usual and one of their favorites from the past ... Continue reading this article…

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You Won’t Be Rich, Maybe Just Solvent

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi has a tendency to bring people back to reality, and she does so nicely with her latest commentary, the Not-a-millionaire guide to financial security. She points out that getting rich is pretty difficult unless you’re an investment banker or venture capitalist. If you try to live like you’re rich before you are, you’ll ... Continue reading this article…

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Looking for Apartments, Update 4

by Luke Landes

Last time, I mentioned my girlfriend and I had our eyes set on The River Club in Edgewater, NJ. We saw that apartment this weekend, and this is what we learned.

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Rent Checks Are Getting Larger

by Luke Landes

Here’s a piece of bad news for myself and all other renters out there. While I continue my search for an apartment to move into on July 1, the National Association of Realtors is forecasting a 5.3 percent increase in rents this year. Here are some details from CNN Money: In addition to making home purchases ... Continue reading this article…

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Looking for Apartments, Update 3

by Luke Landes

We didn’t get to look at apartments this weekend. We had one visit scheduled for Sunday, but I received a call Saturday night from the owner saying the rental unit — the top two floors of a two-family house — has been taken. The listing looked very promising; it included a washer and dryer which ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Happy Memorial Day, for all readers in the United States. The 50th edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at My Open Wallet! Thanks to Madame X for a very colorful display. Here are some of my favorites: * Advantages of Being 26 at A Penny Saved… * Never Settle at the ... Continue reading this article…

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