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The Case Against a Life Without Debt

by Luke Landes

Getting out of debt is a great goal to have. Perpetual debt is like slavery. All the money you earn beyond your necessities for living is turned over to someone else in the form of debt service and interest, and in many cases even your basic needs are paid on credit. Creating and enacting a ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup: New York City, Raise and Bonus Edition

by Luke Landes

For a few more days, I will be running a contest to give away a new copy of Quicken Basic 2007 to a random winner. Entering is simple: just leave a comment here! I’ve taken the upcoming week off from work (the “day job”) to coincide with my girlfriend’s break from teaching. We had a ... Continue reading this article…

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Spending More Money on the Internet

by Luke Landes

Here are five reasons according to Forrester Research people spend 15 percent more on the average online transaction compared to a traditional transaction from a brick-and-mortar store. You don’t have time to think. Once you have items in your cart, retailers want to move you through the checkout line before you can reconsider. If you’ve already ... Continue reading this article…

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Guest Post: Why Did I Decide to Write a Book?

by Luke Landes

At the age of fifteen and as a freshman in high school, Cameron Johnson’s internet company had grown to sales in excess of $15,000 per day. Cameron is now 22 years old, and his most recent endeavor is writing. Cameron Johnson is the author of You Call the Shots, a book I highly recommend. In ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the articles I’ve enjoyed this past week from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Mighty Bargain Hunter picked up a roll of the George Washington Presidential $1 coins earlier, as I did yesterday. I opened one roll and left the other intact. The new coins look like cheap game tokens. I’ll try to ... Continue reading this article…

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How Captain Kirk Handles His Space Bucks

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine has an interesting feature with money-related thoughts from celebrities — mostly former celebrities — who have learned much through experience since their earlier days. The first example is William Shatner, one of my… favorite actors. Shatner managed to barely scrape by no matter how much income was coming in. He constantly worried about ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Ratios for Personal Evaluation: Debt to Income Ratio

by Luke Landes

The main reason I first started Consumerism Commentary was to publicly track my financial progress from “down-and-out” to “not quite as bad.” I started plugging my financial details into Quicken, and like Kara from Ka-Blog says, watching your net worth grow is addictive. There’s more to your finances than just the bottom line, though. I ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up, and Thoughts On Finance Writing

by Luke Landes

The Simple Dollar is hosting the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, and it was full of good articles from the past week. I’ve noticed a shift in writing style in the personal finance niche over the past year or so. I like the personal stories. This “personal level,” missing from traditional media, is so easily ... Continue reading this article…

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