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Future Millionaires

by Luke Landes

I’ve been following CNN Money‘s Millionaires in the Making series for some time now. Deshundra Jefferson has posted a new profile online. The featured couple, Ryan and Danielle Quilling, are saving their way towards millionaire status. Danielle is 25 and Ryan 27. They have no credit card debt; the only debt they have is their ... Continue reading this article…

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Nine Millionaires

by Luke Landes

I believe that this article from MSN Money is better than most of CNN Money‘s “Millionaire in the Making” stories. This article profiles nine individuals and the stories behind their first million dollars. Only one of them has anything to do with real estate; they are mostly stories of taking a chance with an idea ... Continue reading this article…

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Investing While In Debt

by Luke Landes

An article by Dayana Yochim at The Motley Fool gives the reader license to invest in the market while in debt — as long as the debt is good debt and not bad. Even if the debt is bad debt (credit cards), she suggests investing what you can while keeping to a plan to get ... Continue reading this article…

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‘Tis The Season

by Luke Landes

Jennifer Mulrean over on MSN Money put together a nice article regarding results for a holiday shopping related survey. Here are some interesting tidbits: * Most respondents are giving gifts to between six and ten people. * 300 respondents (out of more than 2,000) are giving no gifts. * A plurality (21 percent) of respondents are ... Continue reading this article…

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Finance Blogs

by Luke Landes

When I first started this weblog in July, 2003, I had been blogging for years already at a different location. At the time I started Consumerism Commentary, I knew of only one other personal finance blog on the internet, PFBlog. Now, just like all other types, more blogs centered around personal finance have sprung up. ... Continue reading this article…

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Debt Help

by Luke Landes

From MSN Money and Bankrate.com, 15 signs you need help with your debt. Seek help from a credit counselor if you do: Any trip to a credit counselor should be preceded by a thorough analysis of your family’s personal finances: how much money you have saved, how much you owe, how much you have coming ... Continue reading this article…

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Fed Moves Up

by Luke Landes

You may have heard that the Federal Reserve Bank (aka. The Fed) has raised its interest rate by one quarter percentage point to 2 percent. (Another way of saying one quarter percentage point is 25 basis points—a “basis point” is a hundredth of a percentage point.) Digressing for a second, I should clear up any confusion ... Continue reading this article…

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Extreme Money Ultimate Kung-Fu Challenge

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi takes the simple question, “How do you define ‘living within your means?’” and turns it into some kind of poorly-dubbed martial arts movie or strange game show (if you judge by the title of the article). Nevertheless, I agree her with her analysis of the above phrase: Ideally, I’d define living within your ... Continue reading this article…

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