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Monday is Carnival Day

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at Optimized Living. Check it out! My included article is about Emergency Funds, a popular topic. Here are some other items of interest from the Carnival: No Credit Needed gets personal. The Dividend Guy has a dumb investment. Jim shares tips for selling on eBay. There’s ... Continue reading this article…

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What Are You Afraid Of? Part 2

by Luke Landes

Earlier, I posted a summary of the first half of Money Magazine’s newest feature, Your Six Biggest Money Fears. In the feature, six general fears regarding personal finance are discussed and debunked, and for each an alternate concern is posited. Outsourcing makes many white-collar Americans concerned about their job. Still, it’s mostly blue-collar jobs that ... Continue reading this article…

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Cleaning House

by Luke Landes

You may notice some changes around here. Consumerism Commentary has a new design that’s easy on the eyes and makes the posts easier to read, while information in the sidebar is easier to get to. I’ve also removed links to blogs whose authors haven’t posted in several months. Speaking of blogs, there have been many ... Continue reading this article…

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Deciding to Go Back to School

by Luke Landes

Once in a while, we talk about the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree here (see Is the MBA Worthwhile? and Good Time to Be an MBA). Free Money Finance had a discussion this week about going back to school as well. How do you know if going back to school is the right thing ... Continue reading this article…

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In The Event Of An Emergency

by Luke Landes

CNN offers good advice when it comes to determining what to do when disaster strikes: * Get yourself safe, then busy. Water, food and shelter first, and accept any offers of short-term help in the form of cash. * Get to a bank. In a pinch, any bank. Without identification, they’ll work doubly hard to ... Continue reading this article…

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Lucky Number 13

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance #13 is now available at Smart Money Daily. My post about the credit card grace period is included. Many good articles from other bloggers are included as well.

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ShareBuilder $50 Promotion Updated

by Luke Landes

Click here for the latest Sharebuilder promotion, a $50 bonus. I have been participating in ShareBuilder’s $50 bonus promotion which offers the free cash to those who open a new account online with a certain coupon code. Originally, I funded the account with $50 from my checking account and invested in $46 worth of IYZ, ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Accomplishments

by Luke Landes

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. It’s been a difficult time for thousands of people with regard to the Katrina catastrophe. I hope every reader and their families are safe. Sometimes, we have to remember that there are more important things in life than reading and writing blogs. Before I left for the weekend, ... Continue reading this article…

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