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Suze Orman Says Stop Paying Off Debt

by Luke Landes

Recently, famous finance guru Suze Orman, who usually doles out sensible advice even if in an disrespectful manner, has advised the public to stop paying off credit card debt any faster than minimum payments allow in order to shore up a savings account that could last eight months in an income emergency. According to this ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 1: Recession Tips and Shrinking Your Bills

by Luke Landes

It’s finally here! Welcome to the first edition of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. Today Tom and I discuss tips for surviving financially through an economic and personal recession. The feature, however, is Tom’s interview with Peter Pham, the CEO of price fighting service BillShrink. [podcast flashvars="titles: 'Consumerism Commentary Podcast 1: 2009-04-26'"]http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/audio/podcast-001-recession-tips-billshrink-2009-04-26.mp3[/podcast] To listen, use the ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: How Can My Money Earn More for Me?

by Luke Landes

A reader and friend is looking for some basic financial advice. It just so happens that April is National Financial Literacy Month, so the timing is perfect because I am in a sharing mood. I get to share his situation and my suggestions with Consumerism Commentary readers, and readers have the option of offering their ... Continue reading this article…

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Basics of the Fair Tax

by Smithee

Now that Tax Day has come and gone again, and anger is subsiding, let’s spend some time thinking about what a better system might look like. Have you heard of the “Fair Tax” proposal? I may be late to the knowledge party (Flexo mentioned it briefly in December 2007 when comparing presiential candidates’ ideas), and ... Continue reading this article…

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Resume Dos and Don’ts (Plus Resume Makeovers)

by Luke Landes

This is a guest article by Ginger from Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. Ginger teaches women how to break financial ceilings one stiletto at a time! Join the social network, Girls Just Wanna Have Funds on Ning to connect with other financially savvy women. This week I’ve been helping out my company’s HR department by ... Continue reading this article…

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A Home of My Own: Why We Buy

by Luke Landes

About the author: This is a guest article by Matt Wallaert, a behavioral psychologist and the Lead Scientist at Thrive, a free financial advisory website that helps people organize their finances and plan for the future with personalized feedback from its behavioral advisory engine. I’m an owner. While I rent an apartment in New York ... Continue reading this article…

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GM’s Pendulum Swings the Other Way With the PUMA

by Luke Landes

After a few years of not catching onto consumers’ shifting tastes towards more environmentally friendly vehicles, General Motors has teamed up with Segway to develop the PUMA, or Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, a tiny self-balancing, two-wheeled vehicle powered by electricity. The PUMA can reach speeds of thirty-five miles per hour. It’s an interesting concept, ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Today’s Carnival of Personal Finance is hosted by ABCs of Investing. The host was kind enough to include my recent article, Number One Frugality Tip: Don’t Be a Woman, among the group selected for “Editor’s Picks.” In addition to the other Editor’s Picks, I enjoyed The Purpose of Money, Opening a Roth IRA for the ... Continue reading this article…

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