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Extreme Frugality: Living Out of Your Car

by Luke Landes

A few months ago, television watchers like myself were bombarded by commercials featuring a young man attempting to “live” out of his car for a few days. However, this guy has been doing it since July 2005. Andy Bussell lives out of his pickup truck, sleeping in the back. He wakes up, showers at the ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, Binary Dollar posted the latest Carnival of Personal Finance, with “celebrity” mug shots. Here are some of my favorite articles: * MyMoneyForest: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever (an expensive wedding dress) * Money Under 30: What the Housing Market Means For Under 30 Homeowners and First Time Buyers * No Credit Needed: Attitudes ... Continue reading this article…

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Today’s Winner of You Call the Shots: Jeremy from Generation X Finance!

by Luke Landes

Each day this week, I will be selecting one random visitor to win a copy of You Call the Shots by Cameron Johnson (reviewed here). The first winner is Jeremy from Generation X Finance! Jeremy commented on a post looking for advice for dealing with debt collectors. I have four copies of the book left ... Continue reading this article…

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Advice Needed: Newly Found Debt and Debt Collectors

by Luke Landes

I received an email looking for financial advice for a young worker living paycheck-to-paycheck, who recently discovered the existence of an old debt thanks to the collectors who came calling. I wrote back suggesting negotiation with the debt collectors by showing the amount could be paid back over a period of time, but perhaps readers ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Week Off Edition

by Luke Landes

I took this past week off from my day job to spend time with my girlfriend. The time was well spent, all though we were both under the weather for the entire mini-vacation. We did manage to drag ourselves to Philadelphia to visit and tour the Philadelphia Mint. Here are some highlights from around the ... Continue reading this article…

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Money Advice From Celebrities

by Luke Landes

Why listen to what celebrities — non-experts in finance — have to say about money? Well, some of them have been around for a while and have experienced the fickleness of the entertainment industry. Here are some lessons learned. Dave Barry: “Don’t emphasize money if you don’t have much; be happy.” Eric Bogosian: “Live within ... Continue reading this article…

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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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