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Weekend Reading

by Luke Landes

Here are several articles I’ve enjoyed this past week. What Do You Splurge On? My answer, as given in this article at Get Rich Slowly, is my preference for dining out with co-workers for lunch every day. Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide. When I asked if frugality necessitates missing out on ... Continue reading this article…

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The Cost of Buying a Home, Low Cost of Living, and Fed Cover-Up

by Luke Landes

Has anyone been watching the HBO miniseries, John Adams? Although colonial America is not my favorite period of history, I’ve been enjoying the first episodes that have aired. However, during the slower sections of the program, you may want to take the time reading articles from Consumerism Commentary’s history. From the first half of March ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Holiday Shopping Edition

by Luke Landes

My girlfriend and I managed to get almost all of our remaining “brick-and-mortar” gift shopping completed yesterday. Considering today’s snow and ice, I’m happy we don’t have to brave the crowds any longer. From now until the holidays, we will only be dealing with online stores. Here are some recent articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, One Week to Flight Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are several interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond over the past week. Five Cent Nickel: Funding an IRA When You’re Not Sure You Can Afford It Mighty Bargain Hunter: Twelve Bargains That Aren’t Bargains Blueprint for Financial Prosperity: You are a Business, Act Like One! Get Rich Slowly: What to do When Money ... Continue reading this article…

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Transferring My IRAs From TIAA-Cref to Vanguard

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, Vanguard announced they have simplified their account fees. Effective on Thursday, here is the new fee structure. * All fund accounts with a balance of less than $10,000 will be assessed a yearly fee of $20. Now that’s straightforward. In the old configuration, my recently-opened 2006 SEP IRA would have been charged $20 anyway. ... Continue reading this article…

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Schwab Lowers Account Minimums

by Luke Landes

This could be good news for anyone just starting out with investment accounts. Schwab lowered the minimum starting balance to $1,000 from $2,500 (or $2,000 for IRAs)and removed below-the-minimum fees for all their investment accounts as long as at least $100 is deposited into the account on a monthly basis. (Source: BusinessWeek.) I recently opened ... Continue reading this article…

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