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Ignoring Bills Won’t Make Them Disappear

by Luke Landes

This is one of my biggest financial mistakes. My failure to learn some basic skills and my willful ignorance of the trouble I was in cost me thousands of dollars and major inconveniences. When I was younger, I didn’t have that much of a positive track record with cars. In high school after receiving my […]

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Most Americans Can’t Pay for Car Repairs, 4 Tips to Help

by Luke Landes

According to a recent survey by AAA, 62 percent of American drivers would not be able to pay $2,000 for car repairs without going into debt with a credit card or asking for money from friends or family. While the savings rate is positive, it’s not common for consumers to put aside a portion of […]

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The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN Review

by Luke Landes

For people in certain businesses, perception is more important than reality. A real estate agent who sells high-value properties generally tries to impress his or her clients by looking the part of a high-value property real estate agent. Fancy cars, fancy meals, and fancy clothing are all part of this facade. While the American Centurion […]

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Top 5 Movie Actor Salaries

by Luke Landes

Most theatrical performers become professional actors because they have a talent or a love for what they do. They have a drive to entertain, and they can’t imagine spending their limited time on this planet doing something other than what they love. By the time they’re adults, unless they have seen outstanding success as a […]

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The Unemployment Cycle

by Luke Landes

The dangerous thing about advocating more saving and less spending, a responsible approach to personal finances, is that when the public applies this approach, the economy doesn’t move forward. The Commerce Department released consumer data from June today showing that personal spending dropped 0.2 percent during that month, the biggest decline since September 2009. It took […]

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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2011 ($380,209, +0.2%)

by Luke Landes

Before getting into my monthly financial reports, I wanted to take a moment to mention that The Second Annual Plutus Awards are now underway. The purpose of the Plutus Awards is to bring more public attention to personal finance blogs. While the community of blogs and their authors help move the industry forward by commenting […]

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Don’t Take Out a Loan From Your 401(k)

by Luke Landes

As a very last resort, employees with active 401(k) retirement accounts have an option to take out a loan against their future. Borrowing money is never a good position to be in, but if you’re borrowing money from yourself, you ease the pain. 401(k) plans permit borrowing at interest, and paying interest to yourself can […]

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Podcast 119: Leslie Dawson, IRS Innocent Spouse Relief

by Luke Landes

Today’s guest on the shizennougyou Podcast is Leslie Dawson, partner of the accounting firm Glenn & Dawson and member of the California Society of CPAs. Leslie talks to Tom Dziubek and discusses the IRS’s waiver of the two-year waiting period for people applying for a certain type of innocent spouse relief. Leslie and Tom […]

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Citi mtvU Platinum Select Visa Card for College Students Review

by Luke Landes

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6% Real Estate Commission

by Luke Landes

When selling a house with the help of a real estate agent, that 6 percent real estate commission can eat into any profit the seller might receive from the sale. In today’s depressed real estate market, that fee could even result in an overall loss. Even with the funny accounting used when people sell their […]

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