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Five Couples Living on $46k, Number 3: The Leones

by Luke Landes

In CNN Money’s series about five couples living on (about) $46k (couple one, couple two), the third couple, Andrew and Ozgul Leone from Fort Lauderdale, clock in at $54,400. Here’s their profile. They’ve been juggling debt around. Their property doubled in value, so the couple took advantage of a home equity loan to pay off ... Continue reading this article…

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USB Flash Drive With TaxCut Giveaway Winner #3

by Luke Landes

Congratulations to Laurie from Debt Free for Life, commenter number 19, the third winner of a 256MB flash drive with TaxCut software, provided to Consumerism Commentary by H&R Block. They arrived a little late in the tax season, but I still appreciate free stuff to give away. If you’ve already done your 2006 taxes, you ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumerist Roundup

by Luke Landes

* 3 Confessions From a Former Used Car Salesman * Things Debt Collectors Can’t Do * Arizona Bans Zillow * Credit Reports: How Long Different Items Stay

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Why Do I Share My Finances Every Month?

by Luke Landes

I’ve been asked this question several times over the past few years, by strangers and friends, most who don’t approve of my openness for one reason or another. Each month, I write with excruciating detail about my expenses and income, assets and liabilities, and my net worth. For example, here is my latest net worth ... Continue reading this article…

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Guest Post: Eight Ways to Support Yourself While Starting as an Entrepreneur

by Luke Landes

This is a guest post from Bri M. Bri is a recent college graduate and aspiring web entrepreneur. He writes about online innovation at Trailblogging. Here he presents eight ways beginning entrepreneurs like himself can save money while working on their endeavors. 1. Moonlight as an Entrepreneur. This is the one that many people think ... Continue reading this article…

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Guest Post: Ditch the Car and Save a Bundle

by Luke Landes

Ryan Waggoner is an Associate Product Manager with CNET Networks, working primarily on GameSpot. He writes about entrepreneurship, real estate investment, and technology at ryanwaggoner.com. In this guest post, Ryan talks about his experience without a car in San Francisco. My wife and I moved to San Francisco from Colorado about 10 months ago. We ... Continue reading this article…

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Guest Post: How Not to Buy a Car

by Luke Landes

All this week, Consumerism Commentary is featuring guest bloggers. In this post, KMC from Advanced Personal Finance shares a personal adventure with the local car dealership and the lesson learned. About six months ago, my wife’s car was rear-ended by a delivery truck while she was on her way to work. Fortunately, she was not ... Continue reading this article…

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Guest Post: Stop, Drop, Roll

by Luke Landes

All this week, Consumerism Commentary will be featuring guest bloggers. In this post, NCN from No Credit Needed hearkens back to elementary school fire safety seminars and applies the familiar mantra towards debt. In addition to his main blog, NCN manages the No Credit Needed Network and the No Credit Needed Podcast. Many of you ... Continue reading this article…

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