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Future Millionaires

by Luke Landes

I’ve been following CNN Money‘s Millionaires in the Making series for some time now. Deshundra Jefferson has posted a new profile online. The featured couple, Ryan and Danielle Quilling, are saving their way towards millionaire status. Danielle is 25 and Ryan 27. They have no credit card debt; the only debt they have is their ... Continue reading this article…

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Web-Based Financial Planning

by Luke Landes

I received an email last week from Bryan Link who requested I take a look at a start-up he runs called SimpliFi. The site contains an automated financial goals planner. A Flash-based application bases its evaluation on an interview designed to determine the user’s financial status and goals, adjustable assumptions, and its internal forumlas. Most ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Finance Blogs in the News

by Luke Landes

Terri Cullen for The Wall Street Journal Online profiled personal finance blogs in an article today. The journalist had contacted me for an interview, but unfortunately we couldn’t hook up. That’s too bad; I could have used the free publicity and it’s always nice to be recognized. She did mention MyMoneyBlog, PFBlog, The Budgeting Babe, ... Continue reading this article…

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Grease The Maitre d’

by Luke Landes

Marshall Loeb from CBS Moneywatch has published an article explaining how to properly “grease,” that is, tip in advance to ensure special service. His “tips” for discreet tipping: * Talk to the person in power. * Speak privately instead of in front of other customers. * Fold the bill with the denomination clearly visible by ... Continue reading this article…

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Bonus Update

by Luke Landes

On a personal note, I received my bonus last week and it was a bit lower than I expected. I’m in a non-management position, so I get paid for overtime but I generaly expect a non-impressive bonus compared to most. I have to consider that I wasn’t at the company for a while last year ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial or Marital Bliss

by Luke Landes

An ever-growing body of research shows that most of us adapt quickly to improvements in our finances; we simply learn to covet a higher class of goods. But the happiness-inducing qualities of a solid marriage last and last. That’s a quotation from this special report from CNN Money. The summary is simple: If you want ... Continue reading this article…

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Business Blogging Awards and South by Southwest

by Luke Landes

It looks like they have reset all votes over at the 2005 Business Blogging Awards. If you enjoy reading about my financial wees and woes, feel free to vote for Consumerism Commentary for Best Personal Finance Blog. Don’t worry—I have no expectations, but I was nominated by a few people so I figured I might ... Continue reading this article…

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Business Blogging Awards

by Luke Landes

If you enjoy reading Consumerism Commentary (that’s this website, the blog you are now reading), please take a moment to vote for us at the Business Blogging Awards. We’ve been nominated under the “personal finance blog” category. I am pretty sure that we’re not going to win, but it would be nice not to be ... Continue reading this article…

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