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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is up at No Credit Needed. For more Carnival updates, follow the Carnival of Personal Finance official blog. Here’s a quick administrative note. If you’re expecting a book in the mail, they should be out within a week.

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Drowning in Debt? 6 Tips for College Students and Recent Grads

by Luke Landes

One of the books I’m working on is The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, by Anna Ivey. I write a bit about decisions regarding graduate education, thanks to decisions I make in my own life, so I agreed to mention the book on Consumerism Commentary. One of the many things I learned while pursuing ... Continue reading this article…

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Do You Really Think Your Personal Information is Private?

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned yesterday, Consumer Reports seems to take a unique approach by having their employees go “under cover” to evaluate products and sometimes investigate companies. In their latest issue, Consumer Reports tackles data brokers, such as ChoicePoint, LexisNexis and Acxiom. Here’s what their three-month investigation revealed:

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Personal Balance Sheet, August 2006 ($54,014, +6.68%)

by Luke Landes

August was a good month, thanks mostly to side business income. Here is where my accounts stand as of the end of August 2006.

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Final Question of the Day

by Luke Landes

The final Question of the Day is being hosted at Get Rich Slowly, so take a minute to answer this question over there: What does money mean to you? The full schedule is contained below.

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Links for Tuesday, August 29

by Luke Landes

* Buying Into Crisis [Fortune]. Think you can find good opportunities after disasters? * Good Reasons to Use the Plastic [BankRate.com]. Credit cards can be a good idea for some. * Commuting Stress May Worsen Health Woes [Star-Ledger]. Long train rides create stress much like driven commutes.

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Verizon Wireless Thanking Customers, Offering 100 Free Minutes

by Luke Landes

Verizon Wireless is thanking all of its customers by giving out 100 free Anytime minutes. You can get them by filling out the required information at this apparently legitimate website. The form asks for your name, phone number, zip code, and last four digits of your social security number. But is the offer really legitimate? ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

Here’s what I liked this past week from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Mighty Bargain Hunter has been running a group writing project focusing on preparing for or dealing with job loss. AllFinancialMatters reviewed The Grangaard Strategy by Paul Grangaard. Five Cent Nickel talks about a jump in his electricity bill. Free Money Finance shows that ... Continue reading this article…

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