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Fall Has Ended For Me

by Luke Landes

This has been the final weekend scheduled for me to volunteer with a certain organization. Since the end of September, one day a weekend — sometimes two days — was spent running marching band competitions for various high schools throughout New Jersey and New York. Normally I get a lot of personal satisfaction from organizing ... Continue reading this article…

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Monday Morning News: Spending and Income Up

by Luke Landes

Hurricane repairs and insurance payments lift both personal spending and income; prices in check. This sounds like temporary relief to me. In fact, it’s not all good news. The saving rate is still negative at -0.4 percent. So while the move was in a good direction, we’re still spending more than we’re saving. I’ve tried ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Finance Bloggers, Please Read

by Luke Landes

This is a post just for personal finance bloggers, so others may not be too interested. I’m building a new service and I’d like to do it in partnership (think “group ownership” with everyone having an equal role) with several other people. I’ve already assumed the risk (purchased the domain name) but I’d like to ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival #20!

by Luke Landes

The Carnival of Personal Finance has reached issue #20, and is hosted this week by WealthyWeb. All of the articles submitted and included are worth reading, but particularly these: * 2million realized that 0 percent balance transfers (like the one I attempted) have a negative affect on a credit score. * When it’s not rabbit season ... Continue reading this article…

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Greenspan Influenced Rock and Roll

by Luke Landes

Marketplace is a program on National Public Radio, usually broadcast out of California. This week, they’ve been doing their shows from New York City and there was an interesting segment on last night’s edition. It caught my attention mainly because of my interest in music. The commentator, Ian Svenonius, described how trends in rock music ... Continue reading this article…

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Teaching Kids About Money, Part 2

by Luke Landes

Previously, I mentioned Yahoo Finance’s latest feature on teaching children about money. This post continues with that feature. Lynne Ticknor acknowledges that schools often don’t have the resources to teach classes beyond core curriculum. Personal finance classes are therefore difficult to find in public schools. Thus, the responsibility falls on the parents, who as many ... Continue reading this article…

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Your New York Number

by Luke Landes

Note: If you are looking for my look at The Number, by Lee Eisenberg, start here. The following is a look at an article that appeared in New York Magazine before I was aware of the upcoming book. Wouldn’t it be great to stop working and have enough money never to run out for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #19

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, 19th edition! You are visiting Consumerism Commentary, a website where I discuss my personal finances with links to related news with commentary every once in a while. Here is a little about me and this website. You can browse my latest updates or start with the “Best Of ... Continue reading this article…

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