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10 Money Tips for Baby Preparation

by Luke Landes

Looking forward to that new baby smell? It’ll cost you… for years. USA Today has ten tips for “baby-proofing” your finances — the way you might baby-proof a kitchen — so you’ll be in a better position to part with $1 million over the next 18 years. 1. Review health coverage. Some new parents I’ve ... Continue reading this article…

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The First Step to Cleaning Up Your Finances

by Luke Landes

A few years before starting Consumerism Commentary, I realized I was in a financial predicament. The salary I had been earning from my non-profit job was barely paying this bills in addition to the cost of commuting to the said job. I was relying more and more on my credit card to get by, ignoring ... Continue reading this article…

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Do You Blame the Market’s Downturn

by Luke Landes

Do you blame the market’s downturn today on Ben Bernanke’s comments? Does he really control the market in the short term or are his comments inconsequential? S&P 500 at 1,546.17, Dow at 13,918.22, Nasdaq at 2,699.49. [Yahoo Finance]

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Market Records

by Luke Landes

Third day in a row with market records, but not on all indexes at closing. Toby thinks I’m crazy for thinking “bubble,” but I’m not really thinking it anyway. S&P 500 at 1,549.52, Dow at 13,950.98, Nasdaq at 2,697.33. [Yahoo Finance]

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Carnival of Personal Finance #109

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance is posted at the Mint Blog. I liked Net Worth vs. Cash Flow, Why Most People Get Returns Lower Than the Market, and Couples and Money.

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Stupid Investment of the Week: Rich Dad Academy

by Luke Landes

Related: Analyzing a Kiyosaki cornerstone: Is Your Home an Asset or Liability?. Chuck Jaffe, a writer with MarketWatch, set his sights on the Teach Me to Trade seminar last year, and ordained the event his “Stupid Investment of the Week.” This year, he attended Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Academy,” and came to the same conclusion. ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Finance Blog Roundup, Philadelphia Edition

by Luke Landes

This weekend, I will be visiting King Tutankhamon in Philadelphia. I’ve wanted to see this exhibit for a long time, and it’s closing at the end of September. The exhibition is sold out later on, so now is the time to go. Here are some articles from other blogs that caught my attention this week, ... Continue reading this article…

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Upcoming Downtime on Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Consumerism Commentary and a bunch of other sites I host like pfblogs.org, Carnival of Personal Finance, and Meta Best Blog Win will be down on Friday night (early Saturday morning) from 2:00 am for about 5 hours. The server is being moved to a larger facility in Los Angeles. Please bear with us. This move ... Continue reading this article…

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