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Financial Lessons from Television Fiction: The Office

by Luke Landes

Now that my new cable company is providing me with the works for less than $15 a month, including a digital video recorder, I find myself wasting more time watching television while doing other work. One of the shows I can’t get enough of is The Office. While the characters are a bit exaggerated, there ... Continue reading this article…

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A Parking Spot That Costs More Than Average House

by Luke Landes

The National Association of Realtors claims that the median price for sold homes in May was $223,700. Would you pay more than that for a parking spot? Perhaps this is an indication of how crazy the market is in Manhattan, where a parking spot at 246 West 17th Street is fetching $225,000 — and has ... Continue reading this article…

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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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