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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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Tips for the New Year

by Luke Landes

Keep more in 2004: 8 resolutions – Dec. 24, 2003 CNN presents five tips as we head into the new year. And here they are, summarized for your quick acceptance or rejection: Pay yourself first by saving for your retirement directly from your paycheck. If you’ve procrastinated this year, get over it. Quit smoking. Get ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – December

by Luke Landes

December is always the worst month for saving. In the last thirty days, I’ve gone on vacation and bought presents. Don’t worry, the card will of course be paid off before any interest is charged. So, on with it already.   December 17 November 17 October 12 Cash Accounts: $ 14,621 $ 14,242 $ 10,920 ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Update – November

by Luke Landes

Some interesting developments in the last month. First of all, now I’m including my new student loan, since I’ve started getting reimbursed for my MBA. However, I haven’t applied any of the reimbursement to the loans yet. I was holding on to the cash because of the possibility of buying a car. I’ve decided to ... Continue reading this article…

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Shopaholics

by Luke Landes

Are you a shopaholic? – Oct. 31, 2003 I spoke with a small army of experts and self-admitted compulsive shoppers across the country. They soon dispelled any lingering notion that shopaholism is a make-believe disorder afflicting only bored housewives and “Sex and the City” types. The addicts I spoke with conformed to stereotype in one ... Continue reading this article…

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