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Do You Waste Two Hours Every Workday?

by Luke Landes

This was a cross-cubicle conversation topic earlier this week. Salary.com apparently has time enough to waste which allowed them to complete the 2007 Wasting Time Survey. Across all workers, 1.7 hours of an 8.5 hour workday is wasted on tasks like arranging doctor’s appointments, socializing with co-workers, and using the Internet for personal purposes. As ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2007 ($102,011, +2.4%)

by Luke Landes

If you’re new to Consumerism Commentary, this may seem like a strange concept. Every month I share my financial reports down to the dollar. It is a summary of all of my account balances as well as a rough estimate of the value of my larger assets. It is not a complete net worth report ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Subscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here. If you use Google Reader for reading news and blogs like I do, you can easily subscribe using this special link. Another option is to get the latest blog entries in your email inbox. It’s all about convenience. The RSS feeds ... Continue reading this article…

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Paying Off Debt: 6 Steps to Building a Better Snowball

by Luke Landes

The “snowball method” for paying off debt isn’t something out of the movie Clerks. It is a way to organize your outstanding debt in such a way that the funds you have available for paying off debt are optimally distributed in the manner that will allow you to pay off that debt quickly and cheaply. ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 5: The Team Experience

by Luke Landes

Last year, I began sharing the details about my experience with the University of Phoenix‘s online campus. I completed an MBA through this program, and experienced the best and the worst of what the school has to offer. Nowhere is the wide range of possible experienced more clear than in dealing with the university’s “learning ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in the Archives: Humble Beginnings, Triumphant Return, and Large Talons

by Luke Landes

Here are some posts from years past at Consumerism Commentary. There wasn’t much from last year. From July 16-22, 2006: * The Top 25 Money Tips of All Time, Part 5 * The Real Estate Value of Backyard Improvements From July 16-22, 2005: * Spend Less in Retirement? * Accounting is Sexy Now * Concerts ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Sacred Heart Hospital Edition

by Luke Landes

If you like reading financial blogs, take a look at the personal finance blogs RSS feed, which combines the blogs of the MoneyBlogNetwork with a few others like a MyMoneyBlog, The Simple Dollar, Fat Pitch Financials, and Get Rich Slowly. Here are a few good posts from the blogosphere from the past week. All Financial ... Continue reading this article…

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Review: Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook by David Crook

by Luke Landes

Wall Street Journal Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook David Crook (9/10) Occasionally, publicity agents, publishers, or sometimes even authors, send me books with the request that I read and review what they send. That was not the case with this book. A few months ago, I wrote about the cost of owning a home over 30 ... Continue reading this article…

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