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Visualize Your Debt Payments

by Luke Landes

If you’re a visual person, you may like this debt repayment calculator I discovered via Consumerist. After you input the terms of your debt (only one account at a time), it presents a colorful timeline of your payments and end-of-year totals.

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Ben Stein Protects America

by Luke Landes

Thanks to AllThingsFinancial, I came across this piece by Ben Stein, who I’ve mentioned fairly often on this blog. I like Ben Stein even though we don’t always agree on every issue. In his new column in the New York Times, Ben talks about the huge disparity between worker and executive pay. He provides some ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford

by Luke Landes

That’s the advice of the decade, isn’t it? Well, it’s also a pretty funny Saturday Night Live skit with Steve Martin. The skit’s a parody of those book infomercials for financial products we see all the time. Looking a little deeper, it’s also a slight commentary on the marketing of common sense. Well, I saw ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Thanks to pfblogs.org, I realized the Dividend Guy compiled all the submissions and posted the latest Carnival of Personal Finance today! Here are some interesting articles from the Carnival. * Sound Money Tips offers suggestions for online file back-up. I need to rethink (well… develop) a back-up strategy for my documents. * Financial Revolution has ... Continue reading this article…

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Around The Horn

by Luke Landes

Here’s what we had going on in the MoneyBlogNetwork (and more) this week. It was a light posting week for me as I’ve been quite busy with life, but everyone else has been blogging like mad: * JLP snagged an interview with Jonathan Clements from the Wall Street Journal (Part 1 and Part 2). * ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #34 is Up!

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance #34 is up at Financial Reference. My recent post about the Roth 401(k) was included, and as the Carnival summary states, make sure you take a look at the comments. Next week’s Carnival of Personal Finance will be hosted by The Dividend Guy. You can get more info on the ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Sheet, January 2006

by Luke Landes

We’re already one month into the new year. Time does fly by quickly. If you continue reading this entry, you’ll see my latest account balances followed by some explanations.

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Overspending vs. Underearning

by Luke Landes

Are you an underearner? The general consensus for increasings savings in financial advice circles is to rein in your spending, since the expense side of the equation is easier to manage than the income side. You can cut back your spending on cable television by 50 percent, but getting an equivalent 50 percent increase in pay is ... Continue reading this article…

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