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Your Opinion: Is Debt Slavery?

by Luke Landes

I’ve written several times on Consumerism Commentary, and other people have written and said many times as well, that debt is slavery. In fact, there is a popular book on the topic aptly titled, Debt is Slavery. It’s a convenient metaphor; if slavery is working without the benefit of enjoying the fruits of your labor, ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Your Federal Tax Money Goes

by Luke Landes

Thanks to an organization called Third Way, American taxpayers can get a good, detailed look at how much of a typical tax bill is destined for any particular government program. Third Way is a progressive think-tank, and they studied the federal budget to provide an itemized tax receipt for the typical taxpayer. Here is their ... Continue reading this article…

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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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