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Carnival Time

by Luke Landes

It’s the first day back at work for me, although I don’t feel like I had much of a vacation. This is despite spending almost an entire week in California spending time with family. Let’s get back into the swing of things with this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted by Financial Fruition, which includes ... Continue reading this article…

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Dinged Rental Cars, Dinged Wallet

by Luke Landes

At the most, I would rent a car once or twice a year when I find myself traveling to remote cities for friends’ weddings, for example. Luckilly, this has not yet happened to me. According to the New York Times, it’s common for rental car companies to charge mutiple customers for the same dings or ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You Pursuing Your Passion?

by Luke Landes

I am struggling to determine my “dream job.” I would like to get out of the rut I believe I am in, but I’m not quite sure what to do. How do people determine their dream job? I think most individuals stumble upon it by accident, while others — possibly many more — never find ... Continue reading this article…

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Regular Rundown

by Luke Landes

* The newest redesign of MSN Money is in preview, and I’m not impressed. * Consumers use home equity to pay for holiday gifts. No surprise; they also use credit cards. Some use equity to pay off credit cards. Debt warp! * Online advertising is soaring. MSN charges between several thousand and one million dollars ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #22

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, 22nd Edition! I’m not quite sure what happened to this week’s actual host, so I’m filling in. I may have missed your submission — please send me a quick note and I’ll add yours in if I did. Here are this week’s submissions, in reverse order of arrival. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Rich Can Teach Us A Thing Or Two

by Luke Landes

Here are five lessons we strugglers can “learn” from millionaires, according to Liz Pulliam Weston at MSN Money. How are the rich different than the “rest of us?” Let me enumerate the ways: 1. They give away more. Households with more than $500,000 of investible assets give away 6 percent of their incomes. I’m not sure ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit Card Solicitation to the Extreme

by Luke Landes

While we’re on the topic of credit cards, this story was submitted to me by one of my biggest fans. If you ride in elevators every day, like I do for my day job in a big corporate headquarters, then you’re familiar with the emergency telephone. The device is used in emergencies to call for ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Credit Report Affects Your Cards

by Luke Landes

If you carry a balance on your credit card from month to month (which I strongly feel should not be done if possible), be extra careful about negative items hitting your credit card. In the past, credit card companies would raise their interest rates to a card user who misses a payment or two. Missing ... Continue reading this article…

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