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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2011 ($380,209, +0.2%)

by Luke Landes

Before getting into my monthly financial reports, I wanted to take a moment to mention that The Second Annual Plutus Awards are now underway. The purpose of the Plutus Awards is to bring more public attention to personal finance blogs. While the community of blogs and their authors help move the industry forward by commenting ... Continue reading this article…

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Pay Down Debt or Build an Emergency Fund?

by Luke Landes
San Diego

Although I’m not a financial professional and I don’t normally give advice, I’m relatively comfortable offering some opinions when it comes to strategy. A reader presented this question to me recently. I’m open to answering questions as long as the answers don’t involve giving stock picks or legal advice. My wife and I recently moved ... Continue reading this article…

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Aurora Bank Review

by Luke Landes

In my neverending quest to find more options for banking in today’s environment of low-yield high-yield savings and money market accounts, I’ve come across Aurora Bank. I don’t move money around from one account to another to chase high rates, but until I get around to simplifying my banking options, I tend to open accounts ... Continue reading this article…

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What Happens If The Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised?

by Luke Landes
Debt Ceiling

Democrats and Republicans in Congress, not to mention the President, are battling over what to do about the debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit of government borrowing set by Congress. The government borrows money from investors in order to pay its expenses, like salaries and Social Security, and if the government is unable to borrow, eventually ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Break Free From the Unemployment Trap

by Luke Landes

As we may be currently living in a buyer’s market in real estate, it’s also a buyer’s market in employment. With employers cutting back due to the economy over the past few years, companies are surviving with fewer employees. For any open positions, employers have the luxury of being very picky about who they hire. ... Continue reading this article…

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Write a Guest Post for Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

I am not currently accepting guest articles. Out of the hundreds of emails I receive every day, many requests I receive are from writers who would like to contribute to Consumerism Commentary in some form, such as a blog guest post. Many bloggers, particularly those whose websites are popular, can attest to receiving similar requests. ... Continue reading this article…

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Gradual Frugality: Finding Enjoyment in Saving Money

by Leo Babauta

This is a guest article by Leo Babauta, originally published on Consumerism Commentary on April 3, 2007. Leo, the author of Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System writes about achieving goals, creating habits, productivity, personal finances, frugality and more at his blog, Zen Habits. On Zen Habits, I detailed some of the things ... Continue reading this article…

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The Benefits of Owning a Condo

by Luke Landes
Condo

A few years ago, I declared I would (probably) never buy a condominium. I still believe this to be true. All my adult life, I’ve lived in rented apartments. Some have been nice, some have been not so nice. My least favorite living arrangement was a railroad apartment in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was ... Continue reading this article…

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