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Best of 2006, January Through June

by Luke Landes

At the end of last year, I put together a list of the “Best of 2005,” just a collection of posts here at Consumerism Commentary that might stand out. There was no rhyme or reason to my selection. Needless to say, I’m very lenient with my definition of “best.” We’re more than halfway through 2006, ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

While I’ve been away from my computer most of this week, I’ve been out of the normal blogosphere loop. Here’s what’s been going on in the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity was scammed out of some money by Carl Grossman. Free Money Finance hates rebate offers, as do I. Mighty Bargain ... Continue reading this article…

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Old Promotion, New Trick: Free $75 With ShareBuilder

by Luke Landes

June 24 update: The promotional code listed below is no longer available. You can now earn a $25 bonus using the promotional code 25WO10 rather than the $50 bonus previously mentioned here. It’s actually $71 after expenses, as you’ll see below. ShareBuilder is still running the $50 promotion, but now there’s a way to get ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Mash-Up in the Blogosphere

by Luke Landes

Here’s my Friday linkfest for your enjoyment, starting wtih the MoneyBlogNetwork. Five Cent Nickel takes a look at Bank of America’s Out of State Check Policy. Free Money Finance has been doing a series on tough questions for interviewees, and in one article he tackles the salary question. Might Bargain Hunter asks for jaw-dropping checkout ... Continue reading this article…

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Cash Back Rewards for Paying Rent

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, the Citi rewards credit card discussed in this article expired and is no longer available. Thanks goes to Her (from Make Love, Not Debt) for reminding me about this. When I went to sign my lease renewal earlier this month (grumble), I noted that my rent would be ... Continue reading this article…

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The Top 25 Money Tips of All Time, Part 3

by Luke Landes

Everyone has their favorite money tips, and we’ve been looking at the favorites of some Canadian financial advisors. Here are the first 5 and here are the next. Keep reading this post for tips 11 through 15. Emphasize rewards. “Think of a budget as pre-spending and emphasize the objects or experiences that you want to ... Continue reading this article…

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My Nest Egg Score

by Luke Landes

I broke down and took the A.G. Edwards Nest Egg Score estimation thing. I’m doing better than average for my age group (18-35), so I’m satisfied. The mini-quiz asked a few questions about my living status and my investing and savings habits, and presented these suggestions: * Continue to manage debt. * Maximize your retirement ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2006 ($49,872, +2.03%)

by Luke Landes

I added just above 2 percent to my net worth this month. The market performed a little better in June than in May. That helped, but only slightly. Continue reading for the details.

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