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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

Here’s what I’ve been reading within the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this week. * Free Money Finance admits there are good reasons to use credit cards. * MightyBargainHunter just received his 2005 tax refund. * Blueprint for Financial Prosperity warns student loans should be used for school only. * FiveCentNickel is beginning a series on saving ... Continue reading this article…

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Kiplinger’s 50 Best Values in Public Colleges

by Luke Landes

While we’re on the topic of education, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has conducted a survey to determine this year’s best values in public colleges for undergraduates. In order to rank the schools, Kiplinger’s used SAT/ACT scores, admission rates, freshmen retention rates, student-faculty ratios, graduation rates, tuition costs and other fees, financial aid, and accumulated student debt, ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million by Lynnette Khalfani

by Luke Landes

Last month, I received The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million by Lynnette Khalfani in the mail from the publisher. Here’s a look at the book from my point of view. First of all, Khalfani (who calls herself the “Money Coach”) has devised an acrostic to outline the path to your first million dollars. ... Continue reading this article…

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Would You Travel Overseas for Cheap Surgery?

by Luke Landes

I had written a long post on this topic, but DreamHost went down before publishing it and I lost everything. Anyway, the Christian Science Monitor has an article describing how more people are traveling out of the country for healthcare, where service is less expensive. Some small companies are suggesting, requiring, or providing incentives for ... Continue reading this article…

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Today is National Get Out of Debt Day

by Luke Landes

Did you know that today, Tuesday, September 12, 2006 is “National Get Out of Debt Day?” Neither did I. Today, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling is taking questions online and over the phone… and answering those questions, free of charge. So, who are these people answering questions, and will they be trying to sell ... Continue reading this article…

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Links for Friday, September 8

by Luke Landes

Here are some interesting articles I’d like to read further when I get a chance. * How Cheapskates Do Dinner [MSN Money]. I need to get back to focusing on reducing my expenses. * Hottest College Degrees for Getting Hired [Fortune]. Engineering, accounting, and physical therapy. Music education didn’t seem to make the list this ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Round-Up

by Luke Landes

Here’s what’s the members of the MoneyBlogNetwork (and beyond) have been writing about this week. JLP from AllThingsFinancial warns readers against leaving money on the table by not taking advantage of your company’s matching 401(k) contribution, if it has one. Five Cent Nickel sneaks his outside candy past the ushers when he goes to the ... Continue reading this article…

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Drowning in Debt? 6 Tips for College Students and Recent Grads

by Luke Landes

One of the books I’m working on is The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, by Anna Ivey. I write a bit about decisions regarding graduate education, thanks to decisions I make in my own life, so I agreed to mention the book on Consumerism Commentary. One of the many things I learned while pursuing ... Continue reading this article…

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