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The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide, Part 1: Cell Phones

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine is running a feature that provides tips for getting the best deal for several specific purchases. As I’m I planning to put down some cash for a new notebook computer, I first took a look at Money’s focus on tech within the series. They didn’t address computers, but I loved their advice on ... Continue reading this article…

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Future Spending, Two Big Items, Part 1: New Computer

by Luke Landes

I own a Fujitsu C-6631 Lifebook notebook computer, which I purchased in 2001. At that time, my living situation was in a state of flux and I was working at a non-profit organization, spending more money on my commute than I was making. It was bad news all around. To bring in extra money, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

Here’s what you may have read from the members of the MoneyBlogNetwork (and beyond) this week: Five Cent Nickel shared his first impressions of Craigslist. He found it to be full of scammers. Free Money Finance has a list of 8 places to live less expensive than the major cities but seem to be “nice” ... Continue reading this article…

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0% Balance Transfer: You May Be a Terrorist

by Luke Landes

If you deviate from your banking habits by initiating a transaction more than $5,000, your bank will help the government spy on you. The federal government wants to catch terrorists and money launderers, and banks are required to assist. Since 1996, banks have been required to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) whenever they detect ... Continue reading this article…

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The End of Credit Card Rewards?

by Luke Landes

An article on CNN Money seems to imply that Credit Card rewards programs will be decreasing. I mentioned at the beginning of the month that American Express would be changing their reward program. This may be a sign of things to come; it’s possible that more card companies will follow suit. Today’s article says programs ... Continue reading this article…

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American Express Raising Fees and Changing Their Rewards Program

by Luke Landes

The annual fee for holding certain American Express cards is going to increase by $35 to $125, while other card holders might see fees decline. Are these fees really worth the service? American Express would like you to think that being able to hold one of their expensive cards — being accepted into a “club” ... Continue reading this article…

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Finding Extra Money

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine has a feature this month about finding extra money or “hidden assets” as they call it. I’m not going to do a whole series on these suggestions, but I will simply summarize and add a few thoughts. 1. Cash in old savings bonds. If they’ve matured, you have money that’s not earning any ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Debt Reduction #46

by Luke Landes

Thanks to everyone who submitted an article to the latest Carnival of Debt Reduction. For those interested in participating or hosting, see the guidelines and schedule. Most of the submissions I received had simply no relation to debt reduction. I did not include those entries in the Carnival. If you’re submitting spam, skip it. If ... Continue reading this article…

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