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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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The Carnival of Personal Finance is Looking for Hosts

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance, which was founded here at Consumerism Commentary two years ago, is still going strong. The latest edition was published earlier this week at Clever Dude, and it was full of some great articles from around the blogosphere. Here are a few I liked: * Introduction to Self-Directed IRAs * The ... Continue reading this article…

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Millionaires in the Making: The Cicottes

by Luke Landes

I haven’t written about one of these in a while, but the latest Millionaires in the Making from CNN Money looks interesting. It’s interesting to note that CNN changed the format of the series into a blog, allowing comments (if you’re willing to leave your city and state along with your name). Now, about the ... Continue reading this article…

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Components of Your FICO Credit Score

by Luke Landes

While the formula that Fair Isaac uses to determine your credit score is a closely-guarded secret, the company does provide an overview of what they use in the calculation. Looking at these components, it becomes pretty clear what the company looks for when providing the best scores, which will assist in qualifying the borrower for ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup: Minimum Wage, Life Insurance, and Milk

by Luke Landes

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed this week from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond. Commentary on What Minimum Wage Would Buy. Mighty Bargain Hunter approves of the minimum wage hike and hopes business can deal with the change. Save Money on Life Insurance by Paying Annually. Five Cent Nickel’s title to this article summarized the concept ... Continue reading this article…

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