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Monthly Reminder: Susbscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Are you one of the thousands who subscribe to Consumerism Commentary? If not, you should be. By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here. Last month, I started using Google Reader. If you use that application too, you can easily subscribe using this special link. Another option is to ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Are Clothes a Part of Net Worth?

by Luke Landes

A reader recently posed this question to Consumerism Commentary: Are clothes a part of net worth? In May, I wrote about how to calculate your net worth. Technically, your net worth includes the value of everything you own subtracted by everything you owe. Your wardrobe, shoes, furniture, coin collection, car(s) if you have one, house(s) ... Continue reading this article…

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Homeowners Out of Touch With Reality

by Luke Landes

I have limited access to the internet over the next few days, so there may be only sporadic posting on Consumerism Commentary during that time. I saw Les Christie’s article, Out of Touch With Realty Reality, last night and I found it interesting. If homeowners are convinces that their homes are increasing value even in ... Continue reading this article…

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What Are You Talking About, Willis? High-Interest Loans.

by Luke Landes

If you’ve watched television late at night, as I do when I’m trying to come up with things to write about here on Consumerism Commentary, you might come across Gary Coleman pitching cash loans. Here’s the commercial I keep seeing (embedded video). If you can’t see it, here’s the direct link. Arnold’s talkin’ ’bout CashCall, ... Continue reading this article…

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Wall Street Journal: Managing Money in Public

by Luke Landes

My former boss at the company I currently work for knows that I have a side interest that involves personal finance and the web. Obviously, I do not supply too many details to him as I prefer to maintain some level of anonymity on Consumerism Commentary, considering the personal information I’ve been posting since 2003. ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, May 2007 (Net Income: $8,173)

by Luke Landes

If you haven’t already, please read my May balance sheet for the first part of this story. After an April in which my expenses outweighed my income (thanks to gifts purchased and tax owed), I was back in the game in May and posted a net income above $8,173, although almost $3,000 is “realized gain” ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, May 2007 ($98,224, +8.65%)

by Luke Landes

Thanks to more cash on hand and some investment growth, in May I came precariously close to a personal milestone: a six-figure net worth. This may not be that significant to most people; in fact, I’m not quite sure there is any significance for me. The actual number isn’t as important as what I’m doing ... Continue reading this article…

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Monthly Reminder: Susbscribe to Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Now would be a great time to become a subscriber to Consumerism Commentary. After all, why wouldn’t you? It’s free. By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here. I’ve recently become a fan of Google Reader, and if you are too, you can easily subscribe using this special link. ... Continue reading this article…

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