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Personal Balance Sheet, February 2006

by Luke Landes

I can’t believe it’s March already. I turn 30 this month. As if it’s a sign of things to come, Kevin Pollack won’t be coming to my birthday event because — so he says — the movie he’s filming has been delayed. Yes, a bunch of friends and I were planning to see the actor/comedian ... Continue reading this article…

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Tax Bill or Tax Refund, Which is Better?

by Luke Landes

There are two typical responses when a person finishes preparing his tax return, depending on the result. If he owes money, I hear, “Do’h! I have to pay the government more. I wish they’d use my money more efficiently.” If he is due a refund, I hear, “Woohoo! I’m going to get a big fat ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Interesting Articles

by Luke Landes

Part of having a weblog is logging the web. Therefore, I present some links I’ve been reading today in between working during the day and finishing an assigment for class this evening, starting with two articles about the sexes. * The myth that women make less than men [CNN] for comparable jobs. * Men love ... Continue reading this article…

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Visualize Your Debt Payments

by Luke Landes

If you’re a visual person, you may like this debt repayment calculator I discovered via Consumerist. After you input the terms of your debt (only one account at a time), it presents a colorful timeline of your payments and end-of-year totals.

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Reading for the Drive Home

by Luke Landes

Perhaps I’ll focus on one or more of these articles tonight. * The best ways to negotiate a higher salary. * $1,000,000,000,000 in assets under management for the new Merrill Lynch/BlackRock merger. * Seven steps to stellar credit. This reminds me it’s time to order my next free credit report. * Here’s Yahoo Finance’s collection ... Continue reading this article…

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Tax Credits for Better Energy Efficiency

by Luke Landes

While energy is more expensive this year, I’ve done a good job so far of keeping the cost of heating my apartment comparable to my expenses last year. Today, I noticed an article describing little-known tax credits available for those who upgrade their homes for better energy conservation. Some of the upgrades are expensive, and ... Continue reading this article…

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What’s In My Wallet

by Luke Landes

I haven’t had much to write about lately. I’ve been quite busy at work and with school work. The good news is I should be finished with my master’s degree in September. There have been some good and some bad aspects of my program, and I plan on giving it a lot of attention on ... Continue reading this article…

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Changes to Online Job Hunting

by Luke Landes

According to CNN, searching for jobs online is getting more difficult starting today. There are new federal regulations that put simply create a situation where it benefits employers to have fewer active applicants for any certain position. In order to be seriously considered for a position, not only does your resume have to be tailored ... Continue reading this article…

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