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Weekly Blog Roundup: New York City, Raise and Bonus Edition

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I’ve taken the upcoming week off from work (the “day job”) to coincide with my girlfriend’s break from teaching. We had a fun day in New York City today, involving a walk through the Museum of Sex, the Radio Cty Stage Door Tour, a visit to Top of the Rock, and finally, after several months of delay, a trip to a music store carrying a wide selection to pick up a Martin D-15 acoustic guitar.

Here’s what was happening in the blogosphere this past week.

Five Cent Nickel talks about business credit cards. I’ll be opening a business bank account soon, and a business credit card with cash back will be next on my list.

Blueprint for Financial Prosperity shared an informative introduction to 529 Education Savings Plans. Free Moey Finance agrees with Ben Stein regarding the stock market being a better investment that real estate. I agree as well, and my thoughts warranted interesting discussion.

Mighty Bargain Hunter has some tips for making money off the U.S. Mint’s new releases, but it ain’t easy. All Financial Matters is critical of Dave Ramsey’s illogical advice.

Makingourway wonders if collectibles could be considered an asset class. The Frugal Duchess tells us how to get the best salary deal. By the way, I was awarded a 4.7% raise (most likely high compared to the rest in my department) and about a 7% bonus (my possible range is 0% to 9%). I’m satisfied, but (a) I’m not too concerned with little increases when I can work harder at other, non-day-job projects and increase my earnings significantly faster, and (2) I think I could probably get a promotion within the next year.

Updated February 10, 2011 and originally published February 18, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Saving Advice

Congrats on the pay increase and bonus – even though you aren’t concerned, I suspect that you won’t be turning them down ;)

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,490 (Platinum)

Hahaha… yes, I would be a fool to say “no, thanks.”

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avatar Frugal Duchess

Hey Flexo:

Enjoy New York. And congrats about the pay hike and bonus. You were at the top of the range, plus you have Plan B.

Take care & thanks for the mention.

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avatar Juan Millon (1mil)

Hey Flexo, any idea what happened to the CPF #88?

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,490 (Platinum)

Juan: I checked with Stock Market Beat. It’s back up.

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avatar Madame X

Congratulations on the guitar!

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avatar ib

congratulations! :)

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