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Get Your Personal Finance Questions Answered

by Luke Landes

On Friday, August 17 and Thursday, August 30, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance are presenting free one-on-one discussions with professional advisors. To get your questions answered, either call 888-919-2345 on one of those two dates between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm or email your questions in ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Cooling Your House, Fire Your Advisor, and the Golden Ratio

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles from yesteryear. If you joined Consumerism Commentary in the last year, these will be new to you. From August 1-8, 2006: * How Much Ya Bench? Compare Your Internet Speed and Price. * American Express Raising Fees and Changing Their Rewards Program * The Last 401(k) Guide You’ll Ever Need, Five ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, July 2007 (Net Income: $4,646)

by Luke Landes

to get a complete picture of my finances as of July 31, 2007, please read my latest balance sheet if you haven’t done so already. This is the second part of my monthly reporting, the income and expense statement. This was another out-of-the-ordinary month. The lease on my new apartment began at the end of ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2007 ($102,011, +2.4%)

by Luke Landes

If you’re new to Consumerism Commentary, this may seem like a strange concept. Every month I share my financial reports down to the dollar. It is a summary of all of my account balances as well as a rough estimate of the value of my larger assets. It is not a complete net worth report ... Continue reading this article…

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Paying Off Debt: 6 Steps to Building a Better Snowball

by Luke Landes

The “snowball method” for paying off debt isn’t something out of the movie Clerks. It is a way to organize your outstanding debt in such a way that the funds you have available for paying off debt are optimally distributed in the manner that will allow you to pay off that debt quickly and cheaply. ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Case of Misleading Statistics

by Luke Landes

Everybody Lies. That’s the mantra from House, a simple but entertaining television show, whose premises are strangely applicable to personal finance. Recently, Liz Pulliam Weston evaluated a survey about consumer credit card debt that used a mistaken assumption to create misleading data about average household debt. When a survey says 90 percent of Americans are either ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The 111th Carnival of Personal Finance was hosted by plonkee money yesterday, in the theme of the Glastonbury Music Festival. I enjoyed Return Fraud: Returning Rocks Instead of TVs, The Minimum Wage is Now $5.85/Hour, But What’s the Point?, Will Health Insurance Really Save You Money?, and How Your Occupation, Education, Income and Net Worth ... Continue reading this article…

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Congress Will Attempt to Fix Abusive Bank Policies

by Luke Landes

Earlier this month, I wrote about how overdraft fees are becoming more popular with banks finding ways to assess the fees more often, in tandem with raising what the customer owes each time — sometimes several within a day — an account is overdrawn. Laura Rowley’s latest column mentioned that a few congressmen are interested ... Continue reading this article…

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