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About Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary! This website was one of the first blogs to focus on money from a personal finance perspective, and Luke Landes (also known as Flexo) was the first blogger to share monthly financial updates, such as his net worth statement, with no restrictions. Consumerism Commentary is now a premier personal finance blog ... Continue reading this article…

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My Two Best Financial Decisions: Leaving My Jobs

by Luke Landes

There have been two major financial crossroads in my life until this point. Although it took a while to get to each one, by the time the dust settled, I knew I had made the right choice. In both instances, the decisions surround leaving my job, whether by my pure choice without external pressure or ... Continue reading this article…

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8 Tips for Talking About Money With Your Significant Other

by Margaret

About the author: Margaret is a recent college graduate who, with her boyfriend, plans to save up money to get married, pay off student loan debt and head to seminary. Money is one of those things you’re not supposed to mention in polite conversation. But if you’re married or in a serious relationship, you have ... Continue reading this article…

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Is Following Your Passion a Luxury?

by Luke Landes

The concept of turning your passion into a vocation, making a living doing something you love, easily generates two opposing viewpoints. I wouldn’t say I’ve had a privileged upbringing, but it depends on the perspective. I had the freedom to explore a variety to activities to help nurture my mind, soul and body. As a ... Continue reading this article…

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Earn More Money: Online Surveys

by Luke Landes
Pen and Paper: Online Surveys

This is the fourth article in a series about finding methods of earning incremental income. Some people have a desire to earn more money without the available time to learn a new skill or start a new business. I’ve written about becoming a mystery shopper, selling items on eBay, and teaching and tutoring. The key ... Continue reading this article…

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My Interview on Talk Credit Radio, Plutus Awards

by Luke Landes

A few weeks ago, I was a live guest on Talk Credit Radio, hosted by Gerri Detweiler, on radio station WSRQ. We talked about my sordid financial history pre-Consumerism Commentary, in which I confess to owning a car without knowing how to maintain it or how to handle my traffic tickets. We also talk about ... Continue reading this article…

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Save Money By Not Having Children

by Luke Landes

I don’t have children; perhaps I will at some point, but I don’t see kids in my immediate future. It’s not due to the cost of raising children, though for many years, I believed I wasn’t in a financial position to provide all that I would want to provide to a child growing up. A ... Continue reading this article…

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When People Get Rich Quickly: Lessons from Michael Vick’s Bankruptcy

by Luke Landes

A typical professional athlete may be a prime example of the situation in which an individual might find himself suddenly wealthy. The idea that a person could consider himself middle class or lower one day and wealthy the next is a recipe for financial disaster. It’s easy to look at athletes because their trials and ... Continue reading this article…

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