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My Latest Statement

by Luke Landes

I checked my credit card statement online today and discovered that my APR has increased from 11.7 percent to 14.7 percent. Now, I don’t think I’ve paid a finance charge in several years because I pay my balance off every month, but still the change disturbed me slightly. I sent a note to customer service asking for ... Continue reading this article…

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More Landlord Disappointment

by Luke Landes

Since July 2003, I have been paying my rent with my credit card. I do this because it allows me to “float” for about 20 days and, more importantly, because I get a one percent discount on all credit card purchases. As of next month, they are discontinuing the allowance of credit card payments. I ... Continue reading this article…

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Airline Miles Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

So, you’ve got a credit card that rewards with with airline miles or points. Yeah, you know there’s a monthly fee and an above average interest. Yeah, you carry a balance each month to win more miles. It’s worth it, right? You’ll get a free plane trip soon, and the value of that outweighs the ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – September

by Luke Landes

I’ve decided to change my accounting technique, so I’ll include some past numbers to show any increases or decreases. For instance, I’m no longer including my “home inventory” and I’ve stopped including what amount I’ve had for “cash on hand,” since those calculations are most likely inaccurate.   09/23/2004 08/23/2004 07/23/2004 Savings/Checking: $ 9,432 $ ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – July

by Luke Landes

I’ve been through many changes in the past few months. As you might have read below, I stopped working at my former corporate job and began working as a high school teacher, hence the pause in my 401(k) increases. During the summer, I am working part time at my old job and considering whether I ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – February

by Luke Landes

Now it’s what you’ve all been waiting for. Here is my financial update for the month. I’ve been a bad spender, and I’m waiting for a tuition reimbursement check as well as my tax refund, a bonus, and a raise. Let’s see how we did. Remember, the credit card gets paid off every month. I ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – January

by Luke Landes

It has been a month of gift giving and trip taking, so I’m not expecting to see much progress. To the tape!   January 17 December 17 Cash Accounts: $ 13,760 $ 14,621 Taxable Investments: $ 3,189 $ 2,974 401k (Pre-Tax): $ 8,919 $ 8,250 Roth IRA: $ 1,763 $ 1,416 Credit Cards: ($ 1,821) ... Continue reading this article…

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Debt is Bad, Mmkay

by Luke Landes

MSN Money – 5 tales from debt hell – Manage Debt Five individual readers of MSN Money Central are singled out in this article for asking the tough questions. They’ve made mistakes, and the author gives them some of the sympathy they deserve. The stories “from debt hell” include co-signing a loan with a relative, ... Continue reading this article…

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