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New $25 Sharebuilder Bonus Promotional Offer

by Luke Landes

Updated June 28, 2010. If you’re a long-time reader of Consumerism Commentary, you may remember that I earned over $175 in bonuses over a year ago by using a number of promotional offers for opening accounts at ShareBuilder. Now that ING Direct has acquired ShareBuilder, they’re bringing back the $25 bonus. Simply open a new ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Stupid Financial Mistakes I Made in 2007: Failing to Balance Rental Property Income with Deductible Expenses

by Sasha

2007 may be my worst tax year ever. Not only did I fail to qualify for the full energy credit and fall out of touch with my tax accountant, but I made it worse by having a great year with my rental properties. A great year which I did not sufficiently offset, and that’s my ... Continue reading this article…

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Midweek Roundup: Welcome Consumerist Readers

by Luke Landes

Thanks to the editors of The Consumerist who directed their readers towards Sasha’s 5 Stupid Financial Mistakes in 2007 and Four Factors That Determine the Value of a Coin. Please feel free to subscribe to the Consumerism Commentary RSS feed to be notified whenever new articles are posted here. Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed ... Continue reading this article…

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15 Credit Cards With the Best Rewards

by Luke Landes

Looking for the best credit cards? Read this updated article. Liz Pulliam Weston asked credit card experts for their recommendations for making the most of the rewards that the issuing companies offer. I’ve done well with my Citi Dividend Platinum Select and now my American Express Blue Cash for Business, but it’s interesting to see ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The 134th edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance is online at Mrs. Micah: Finance for a Freelance Life. It’s hard to find time for all the great articles, and they are abundant this week. Start with Mrs. Micah’s top ten picks, but don’t miss 25 Reasons to Love Credit Cards, Credit Card Companies Want ... Continue reading this article…

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$100 to $200 Bonus for Opening a Chase Checking Account, March 2012

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note:  These offers are no longer available.  See the bottom of this article for a new $100 bonus for opening a Chase checking account. If you’re looking for the best online checking accounts, including Ally, ING Direct, USAA, and others, read this article. A new Chase branch opened across the street from my apartment ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Stupid Financial Mistakes I Made in 2007: Failing to Establish a Spending Budget

by Sasha

Unlike my first mistake, Failing to Utilize the Energy Tax Credit, my next mistake is one where I at least have a second chance. It’s not too late to fix this one for 2008. 2. Failing to Establish a Spending Budget I tried to spend less, consider my purchases more, and get the best deals ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Find (and Keep) Your Money

by Sasha

Lost and found has been one of the big themes in my life lately. After finding bonds I’d forgotten about for years, I realized that I’d misplaced some very sentimental and irreplaceable valuables and spent an entire day searching. It was a very bad day until about 6 p.m. when I finally located the items. ... Continue reading this article…

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