As featured in The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and more!

Search: life

Forget About the Latte Factor

by Luke Landes

See also: Put Your Savings Into Hyperdrive, Part 4: The Expensive Coffee-Related Drink Factor. I’m sure a number of regular Consumerism Commentary readers have heard about “The Latte Factor®,” the idea (trademarked by David Bach) that cutting back on a cup of gourmet coffee each day will result in wealth in the long term. My ... Continue reading this article…

28 comments Read the full article →

Ben Stein: Invest in 2007 or You’ll Regret It!

by Luke Landes

Before we get started with the details in US News & World Report’s Investing Guide, Ben Stein (actor, speech writer, guru) has some strategies to share with those wondering what to do with their money this year. Here are his thoughts. Dollar? Dollar? Dollar? The decline of the USD will continue as the United States ... Continue reading this article…

4 comments Read the full article →

Do I Need to Report This Income? Part 1

by Luke Landes

In general, if you have to ask whether you need to report certain income to the IRS, the most likely answer is, “Yes.” Here are some examples, courtesy of MSN Money. Q. I hosted a party to sell products to my friends (and use my social circle for multilevel marketing from some corporation), and my ... Continue reading this article…

6 comments Read the full article →

The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Mighty Bargain Hunter was the first host of the Carnival of Personal Finance for the new year! Start your week off right by reading a bit of what the blogosphere offers in recent personal finance articles. Here are some consumer-related to start with: * My Two Dollars writes about The Art of the Complaint and ... Continue reading this article…

0 comments Read the full article →

Personal Balance Sheet, December 2006 ($70,108, +4.19%)

by Luke Landes

Thanks to dividends paid to me in my 401(k), I broke past $70,000 to close out the year at $70,108! I know that among 30-year-old financial bloggers like myself, that may not be an impressive number. Considering most of my adult life I was making less than the cost of working, I’m satisfied so far. ... Continue reading this article…

9 comments Read the full article →

Weekly Blog Roundup and New Year’s Eve Plans

by Luke Landes

Here are a few articles I’ve found interesting from the blogs of the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond over the past week. AllFinancialMatters provides an update on his retirement portfolio performance. Speaking of retirement portfolios, Blueprint for Financial Prosperity asks if yours is tax-efficient. Five Cent Nickel provides a calendar of important 2007 tax filing deadlines. Free ... Continue reading this article…

6 comments Read the full article →

Planning and Goal Setting Week: The Basics

by Luke Landes

Before I can define my financial goals for 2007, it’s nice to review the basics. What are goals? I think Etta Mae Westbrook, a “family economics” professor, explains it well [pdf]: * Goals state what you want to do or achieve. Goals will give your life direction. Financial goals will help you to determine where ... Continue reading this article…

4 comments Read the full article →

Planning and Goal Setting Week: Share Your Goals

by Luke Landes

I plan to use my time this week to review my financial progress in 2006 and set some concrete goals for 2007. I’ve never been a fan of concrete goals because so far, unexpected surprises have had effects on my progress every year for my adult life, sometimes positive, but sometimes negative. This unpredictability has ... Continue reading this article…

26 comments Read the full article →
Page 150 of 178« First···50100···148149150151152···Last »