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September 2010

Podcast 74: Not Your Parents’ Money Book, Jean Chatzky

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to NBC “Today Show” editor Jean Chatzky about her National Money Talk Night event and her new book, Not Your Parents’ Money Book: Making, Saving, and Spending Your Own Money. Jean discusses many talking points of the National Money Night Talk event, including the […]

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The Best Low Interest Credit Cards, August 2015

by Luke Landes

As credit card issuers continue to look for new ways to generate revenues lost from the Credit Card Act of 2009, finding a low interest credit card to make expensive purchases, when saving for the purchase ahead of time is not an option, is becoming more and more difficult. Not too long ago a 6 percent […]

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Kiplinger’s New Money Rules Sound Familiar

by Luke Landes

In the September issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, the editors shared twelve “new rules” for your money, although most of them do not sound new at all. Fundamentals don’t change, but the general consensus point of view does. If there is anything new here, it’s that the a downturn in the economy has forced […]

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3 Mistakes I Made That Cost Me Thousands

by Darwin

This is a guest article written by Darwin, the author of the blog Darwin’s Money. Darwin is a numbers guy with an MBA. If you like this article, subscribe to the Darwin’s Money RSS feed for more. You live and you learn, right? Well, that can be expensive when you’re first setting out in the […]

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Chase Sapphire℠ Preferred Card $500 Cash Back Bonus

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the current Chase Sapphire Preferred offer.

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Laid Off, 2010 Edition

by Smithee

Last Thursday I lost my job without any warning. The small web design agency I was working for lost a couple of big contracts and they decided they couldn’t afford to keep me on as their only full-time User Experience Designer. This is extremely frustrating, not only because I liked most of my co-workers and […]

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Chase Online Banking Website Down

by Luke Landes

Chase’s website for online banking has been unavailable since Monday night. After opening, receiving, an activating a new Chase credit card, a process I completed this past weekend, and purchasing my first items with the card, I was looking forward to checking my activity online today. Unfortunately, the downtime has prevented me from doing so. […]

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An Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles is a Waste of Money

by Luke Landes

When I graduated college, my father surprised me with a car: a very used 1987 Toyota Celica. I didn’t know much about owning a car at the time, and the Celica required quite a bit of car. For example, it required not only replacing engine oil occasionally, it required filling engine oil from time to […]

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Use American Express Membership Rewards Points on

by Luke Landes

I’m a fan of alternative currency; that is to say, I’m interested in how concepts like “points” and virtual currency are adapted to real transactions. In a move that makes complete sense, American Express has teamed up with to allow Membership Rewards points as an additional payment method. If you have an eligible American […]

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Global Bank Reform: Basel III

by Luke Landes

Until I heard of Basel III yesterday, I didn’t know there was a Basel I or a Basel II. The three Basel accords exist to give banking systems around the world a framework in which they can operate successfully, and the latest of these accords introduces new requirements for managing risk. For the most part, […]

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