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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at 2million’s Blog. Also, the Best of Me Symphony is up at The Owner’s Manual. Here are some items that caught my eye: Mover Mike wonders what jewelers will do with regard to pricing inventory as the commodity price of gold climbs. That’s a valid concern ... Continue reading this article…

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Latest ShareBuilder Promotion

by Luke Landes

Updated June 24, 2010. I’ve had good experiences with ShareBuilder so far. A while ago, I took advantage of their $50 bonus to receive $46 in a free ETF ($50 minus a $4 transaction fee). There is a new promotion code that will provide you with $25 after your first trade. Visit ShareBuilder through this ... Continue reading this article…

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Ten Tips For Cutting Car Expenses

by Luke Landes

Car costs got you down? The inimitable Suze Orman offers ten tips for keeping car insurance costs down in a world where gas prices continue to climb. Here’s the short version: * Boost your deductible. Keep cash on hand for emergencies, or call it partially self-insuring. This will keep your monthly payments down and you ... Continue reading this article…

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Americans Are NOT In Bad Shape With Credit, Sort Of

by Luke Landes

I like Liz Pulliam Weston’s latest article, The Truth About Credit Card Debt because she cites some statistics that fly in the face of conventional thought regarding credit behavior of Americans. We’ve all heard this before: Americans are in an unparalleled level of revolving credit card debt. The average American household carries more than $9,000 ... Continue reading this article…

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In the News

by Luke Landes

* Job growth slows to a gain of only 138,000 jobs. * Burger King beefs up IPO and MasterCard is expecting a nice public offering. Let’s go have a huge fast food dinner and put it on a credit card. Maybe not. * Mortgage rates are the highest since June 2002. * The Dow hit ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, April 2006 ($49,835, +6.79%)

by Luke Landes

My net worth as of April 30, 2006 is $49,835. I’m so close to $50,000, I can smell it. Here are the details.

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Carnival of Personal Finance #46

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, edition number 46. For those coming to Consumerism Commentary for the first time, you can learn a little bit about me, Flexo, and this blog. You can also peruse through what I’ve arbitrarily decided were my “best” blog entries of 2005. Thanks to everyone who submitted an ... Continue reading this article…

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Odd Blog Happenings

by Luke Landes

For some reason, some time this weekend Consumerism Commentary reverted to the default WordPress display style. To anyone who viewed the site and was slightly confused, I apologize. It took me by surprise as well. Here’s what was happening this past week across the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond: Free Money Finance began a series highlighting 20 ... Continue reading this article…

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