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Rationalizing an Expense By Changing Your Words

by Luke Landes

As any marketer knows, words have a power beyond their literal meaning. No one knows this more than political marketers, who create campaigns that usurp specific words and ensure their meaning is replaced with some sort of thought the’d like to embed in the public consciousness. This effect isn’t only thrust upon us by marketers; ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 78: Generation Earn, Kimberly Palmer

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek and Flexo talk to Kimberly Palmer, senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and author of the newly released book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back. After first talking with Tom about Generation Y back in May, Kim joins the ... Continue reading this article…

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How Much Money You Should Spend on Hobbies

by Luke Landes

A Consumerism Commentary reader wrote in with a simple question which should have a simple answer: What percentage of income should a person spend on hobbies? I enjoy talking about hobbies. I have a wide variety of interests, and many of these have little prospect of making money for me for the time being. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Car-Buying Options, Worst Commercials, and Money Index

by Luke Landes

Is it better to buy a new car, buy a used car, or lease a new car? If you ask personal finance writers, gurus, and bloggers, the answer is always to buy a used car without question — and without debt, if possible. Here is the problem with one-size-fits-all, mass-audience advice. In most cases, this ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 75: Fight Back Against Unfair Debt Collection Practices, Fred Williams

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Fred Williams, author of the book Fight Back Against Unfair Debt Collection Practices: Know Your Rights and Protect Yourself from Threats, Lies, and Intimidation. Fred talks about going from being a journalist at the Buffalo News to working at a leading debt collection ... Continue reading this article…

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Kiplinger’s New Money Rules Sound Familiar

by Luke Landes

In the September issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, the editors shared twelve “new rules” for your money, although most of them do not sound new at all. Fundamentals don’t change, but the general consensus point of view does. If there is anything new here, it’s that the a downturn in the economy has forced ... Continue reading this article…

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3 Mistakes I Made That Cost Me Thousands

by Darwin

This is a guest article written by Darwin, the author of the blog Darwin’s Money. Darwin is a numbers guy with an MBA. If you like this article, subscribe to the Darwin’s Money RSS feed for more. You live and you learn, right? Well, that can be expensive when you’re first setting out in the ... Continue reading this article…

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Laid Off, 2010 Edition

by Smithee

Last Thursday I lost my job without any warning. The small web design agency I was working for lost a couple of big contracts and they decided they couldn’t afford to keep me on as their only full-time User Experience Designer. This is extremely frustrating, not only because I liked most of my co-workers and ... Continue reading this article…

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