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Grow Your Dough Throwdown

by Luke Landes
Throwdown-Dec2013

I’ve joined a number of other financial writers in the “Grow Your Dough Throwdown,” a stock market competition. At the beginning of 2014, each of us will invest $1,000 in the stock market through a discount brokerage. We can trade as often as we like, and publicly track our investments throughout the year. It’s similar ... Continue reading this article…

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My Personal and Financial Plans for 2014

by Luke Landes
Model

The last time I shared my personal goals and plans with Consumerism Commentary readers was at the very beginning of 2011. I went so far to declare that 2011 would be the year that everything changes, a subtle homage to a television program called Torchwood. Anyway, I was right; in 2011, my life changed, but ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Steps to Make the Most of New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

by Luke Landes
Champagne

As one year comes to a close, many people like to take a few moments and think about the year ahead. The setting of New Year’s resolutions is a time-honored tradition and a recurring theme at the end of each year. The new year has always been a chance, although somewhat arbitrary, to give yourself ... Continue reading this article…

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Anonymous S, November 2013 Net Worth

by Luke Landes
Anonymous S Naked With Cash

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. ... Continue reading this article…

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Why Some People Can’t Save: A Matter of Urgency

by Luke Landes
Urgency and importance matrix

When I worked for a large corporation, I was around people who liked to operate their business responsibilities with a sense of urgency. Every little task was important, and they ran around the office like the company’s stock price depended on the speed at which they completed their tasks. It’s not a terrible way to ... Continue reading this article…

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Is Your Alma Mater a Worthwhile Charity?

by Luke Landes
University

I attended two colleges. My undergraduate degree was earned at a university that is considered both private and public; it has a private charter and obtains a good portion of its funding from the private sector, but it does receive some state assistance and was a land-grant university. Years after completing my bachelor’s degree, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Should You Work for a Non-Profit Organization?

by Luke Landes
Non-Profit

As I’ve mentioned often on Consumerism Commentary, after a a false start or two with jobs following my undergraduate studies, I started my career working for a non-profit organization involved in the arts. I followed one of my passions without considering my financial needs. I want to be able to look back and see that ... Continue reading this article…

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Don’t Let Cyberbegging Affect Your Charitable Plan

by Luke Landes
Cyberbegging

I’m a sympathetic person. I really am, and sometimes my sympathy has aided me in making bad choices. But I have no patience for people who pretend to be in some kind of destitute condition, a performance entirely possible through the anonymity on the internet, and beg for money. It’s a strategy — a scam ... Continue reading this article…

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