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Ten Questions to Ask Before Getting Hitched

by Luke Landes

Perhaps she calls you “her sweeitie” and you call her “lover.” Maybe you don’t have cutesy names for each other, but if you’re planning to get married, hopefully you know each other very well. This encompasses a little more than favorite restaurants, medical allergies, and middle names. There should be some serious discussions about life ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Golbguru from Money, Matter and More Musings hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance earlier today, or technically yesterday. There were a number of very good articles included, so take a look if you have a chance. Here are a few in addition to those Golbguru has chosen to feature. * Using My Emergency Fund To ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Sealant Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are some interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this past week. Replacing a Lost Social Security Card. I’ve done this once in my lifetime so far, and according to Jim, I have nine more allowed replacement requests until I die. This isn’t really personal-finance related, but Nickel is celebrating his two year anniversary ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Dream Job: 3 Steps for a Career Change

by Luke Landes

A few days ago, I started a contest by asking about your dream job. There have been great responses so far. Patrick wants to pitch: My dream job would be a professional baseball player — specifically a knuckleball pitcher. Why a knuckleballer? Well, it is a niche player who can be tremendously successful one game, ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Sleeping, Paris Hilton, and Apartment Hunting

by Luke Landes

My friend Nickel is celebrating the second anniversary of his blog, FiveCentNickel. Did you know that Consumerism Commentary has been around since July 2003? I’m looking forward to my fourth anniversary. In the mean time, here are some articles from this week in some of those prior years. From May 1-7, 2006: * May 2: ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, April 2007 ($90,496, +2.41%)

by Luke Landes

After a strong net worth increase in March, April ended up a little cooler. Now that I re-combined my “business” assets and liabilities with the rest of my finances, I’m looking at slightly different numbers than last month’s report. My liquid accounts are down this month by 5.21 percent, thanks to a hefty tax bill. This ... Continue reading this article…

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7 Things Auto Body Shops Won’t Tell You

by Luke Landes

Thanks to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance via MSN Money, here are 7 things your auto-body shop won’t tell you. In fact, I could have used this article a few month ago when my car was in for repairs after an accident. 1. That fender bender will be a major expense. If the accident is your fault ... Continue reading this article…

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4 Ways to Simplify Finances Where Possible

by Luke Landes

As I write this I am in the process of looking at apartments for my next move. Meanwhile, I’m also considering moving into a condominium or single family house. This is a tough decision as I have too many unanswered questions about my immediate future. I can’t waste time; my lease is up at the ... Continue reading this article…

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