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Living Through a Heat Wave: Cooling Your House

by Luke Landes

As the temperature has been upwards of 305 kelvin lately, I’ve been sweating in my apartment even while the air conditioner pumps and while wearing less clothing than what is socially acceptable in public. Hence, my electricity bill has shot up from the $40s to the $70s, with the next bill expected to be $90. ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2006 ($51,166, +3.03%)

by Luke Landes

It’s good to know that as a whole, my money is still growing. In July, my net worth increased just over 3 percent. Continue reading to analyze my numbers, as all the best financial voyeurs are wont to do.

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Carnival of Debt Reduction #46

by Luke Landes

Thanks to everyone who submitted an article to the latest Carnival of Debt Reduction. For those interested in participating or hosting, see the guidelines and schedule. Most of the submissions I received had simply no relation to debt reduction. I did not include those entries in the Carnival. If you’re submitting spam, skip it. If ... Continue reading this article…

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Best of 2006, January Through June

by Luke Landes

At the end of last year, I put together a list of the “Best of 2005,” just a collection of posts here at Consumerism Commentary that might stand out. There was no rhyme or reason to my selection. Needless to say, I’m very lenient with my definition of “best.” We’re more than halfway through 2006, ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

It was a busy week in the personal finance blogosphere. Here’s what you might have read if you’ve been browsing the MoneyBlogNetwork. Nickel gave his first impressions of Emigrant Direct’s new interface and Mighty Bargain Hunter suggests celebrating your debt reduction progress. AllFinancialMatters wonders if earning more will make you happier and Blueprint for Financial ... Continue reading this article…

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I Am Hosting the Carnival of Debt Reduction

by Luke Landes

As the title of this post says, I will be hosting the Carnival of Debt Reduction on Monday, July 31. If you’re a blogger who has written about debt in the past week or so, submit your article early to get listed.

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

While I’ve been away from my computer most of this week, I’ve been out of the normal blogosphere loop. Here’s what’s been going on in the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity was scammed out of some money by Carl Grossman. Free Money Finance hates rebate offers, as do I. Mighty Bargain ... Continue reading this article…

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Cash Back Rewards for Paying Rent

by Luke Landes

Thanks goes to Her (from Make Love, Not Debt) for reminding me about this. When I went to sign my lease renewal earlier this month (grumble), I noted that my rent would be increasing from $858 to $901. I didn’t bother fighting the increase this time around since I’ve already done that several times. I ... Continue reading this article…

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