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Wall Street Journal: Managing Money in Public

by Luke Landes

My former boss at the company I currently work for knows that I have a side interest that involves personal finance and the web. Obviously, I do not supply too many details to him as I prefer to maintain some level of anonymity on Consumerism Commentary, considering the personal information I’ve been posting since 2003. ... Continue reading this article…

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Net Worth of $100,000: Not Looking Good for This Month

by Luke Landes

When I reviewed my finances for the end of May 2007, I predicted I would be breaking the six figure barrier around the end of the first week of June. That didn’t happen, and it looks like I’ll be putting off that milestone for another month or so. Thanks to the fact I signed my ... Continue reading this article…

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Announcement About Carnival of Personal Finance #105

by Luke Landes

Next Monday, Get Rich Slowly will present the second anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. To celebrate the occasion, J.D. would like to host the edition differently to celebrate. Here are the details. Get Rich Slowly will host the second anniversary edition of the carnival next Monday. I want to make this one ... Continue reading this article…

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FICO Will Eliminate Common Way to Build Credit

by Luke Landes

One of the most common ways for young people, say teenagers, to build credit is to become an authorized user on one or more of their parents’ credit cards. This way, they immediately have a significant amount of available credit, and by the time they need a credit score after college, they might have a ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Getting Green has posted the latest Carnival of Personal Finance. There were a large number of articles this past week, and the Carnival keeps getting bigger. Here are some of my choices this week beyond Matthew’s Editor’s Choices. * Grad Money Matters: 5 Budgeting Blunders * The Time and Money Group: Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught? ... Continue reading this article…

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Four Retirement Mistakes, Part One: Early Withdrawal

by Luke Landes

Reminder: So far there has been a very good response to the Consumerism Commentary reader survey. If you have not yet done so, please complete the survey so I can learn about you and improve this blog. Retirement savings compete with day-to-day expenses for your hard-earned money, so it’s a great accomplishment to put anything ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, 90 Degrees Edition

by Luke Landes

First of all, thank you to all Consumerism Commentary readers who have taken the few short minutes to fill out this survey. I’m starting to get a good picture of who is visiting this site (and why), and this is going to be a great help to me in the future. Here are some of ... Continue reading this article…

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Teens Want to Be Like Me and Drive Honda Civics

by Luke Landes

A good friend of mine recently replaced her older car with a 2002 Honda Civic. Out of the seven of my friends I was spending time with the other night, three of us have Civics. We’re not alone. CNN Money reports that Honda Civics are the top cars for teenagers. Thinking back to my teenage ... Continue reading this article…

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