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What I Learned on Father’s Day

by Luke Landes
Father's Day

I met my dad for dinner on Father’s Day earlier this month, and we had a deep and somewhat difficult discussion.

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How United’s Frequent Flier Program Change Affects Travelers

by Luke Landes
United Airlines

United Airlines is making significant changes to its MileagePlus frequent flier program. Here’s how your points will change.

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Don’t Be Taken Advantage Of When You Refinance

by Lin Yang

You’ve defined your refinancing goals – but making the wrong choices before you refinance could prevent you from getting the lowest mortgage rate, weighing you down for years with a large monthly payment or private mortgage insurance (PMI). How can you steer the process and get lenders to offer you their best mortgage rate? Position ... Continue reading this article…

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Can “The Rich” Teach Us Anything About Money Philosophy?

by Luke Landes
Model T Ford

I can think of two fairly recent instances in publishing that elucidate just how “the rich” or “the one percent” are different from everyone else, and we should all do ourselves a favor by studying their approach to money so we, too, can be monetarily wealthy. Steve Siebold wrote a book, How Rich People Think, ... Continue reading this article…

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Naked With Cash: Laura and Leon, April 2014

by Luke Landes
Laura and Leon - Naked With Cash

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. This year, we have four ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Be Taken Advantage of When You Refinance

by Lin Yang

You’ve defined your refinancing goals – but making the wrong choices before you refinance could prevent you from getting the lowest mortgage rate, weighing you down for years with a large monthly payment or private mortgage insurance (PMI). How can you steer the process and get lenders to offer you their best mortgage rate? Position ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Win the War Between Consumers and Creators

by Luke Landes
Consumer

As the title implies, there is a war between consumers and creators, and the battles in this war are played out with money. It’s a war I’ve been seeing from both sides of the trenches. I am a consumer, but more than that, I’ve been writing and thinking about consumer behavior from an empowerment perspective ... Continue reading this article…

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Four Fundamental States of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes
Plasma

Students of chemistry are likely aware of the four fundamental states of matter. The most advanced chemistry course I’ve taken was in high school, although I must have learned about this basic concept earlier than that. Solids have a definitive shape and volume; liquids assume the shape of its container and flow easily; gases also ... Continue reading this article…

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