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How Do You Know if it’s Time to Retire?

Editor’s note: Obviously if you’re my age (late 30s) this question may not be the first thing on your mind each day – although, as someone who is interested in financial independence and early retirement, I do personally find it helpful to begin thinking about these life-after-work concepts.   But for both my father and my […]

Secrets of Successful Retirees

The Top Secrets of Successful Retirees

What if you could take a glimpse into your retirement future? What would it look like? Would your retirement goals be obtained and would you be living the lifestyle you currently desire in the later years? While you can’t see your future self in the retirement years, you can learn from others who have traveled […]

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There Is No Spoon: Opting Out of the Consumerism Matrix

It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been 15 years since the film The Matrix blew everyone’s mind. In the decade and a half since the film was released, the special effects and stunts that gave the movie such an overwhelming visual appeal have become standard and even clichéd. But the idea behind the […]

Debt Proof Christmas

10 Tips to Help Debt Proof Your Christmas & Catch up on Christmas Savings

As summer comes to a close people will soon begin thinking about fall plans and eventually, the holiday season. Yes, the holidays! I realize Christmas is 4 months away, but we all know that it will be here sooner than we think! Therefore, it’s important to consider the amount of money you have in your […]

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Citi Double Cash Card Review – Double Cash Back has ARRIVED!

Many years ago, the idea of a double cash back credit card was fairly common. With bank interest rates above 4% and the economy on the rise, credit card companies were doing whatever they could to bring in new business. Then, in the blink of an eye, big bonus offers and high cash back percentages […]

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Rockstar Blogging Review

Could You Be a Rockstar Blogger?

Today I’m going to review Rockstar Blogging, the recently-released ebook ($24) and resource offered up by friend and fellow financial blogger, Shannyn Allan. You can see Shannyn and the strategies for making money blogging in action over at FrugalBeautiful.com. Review of Rockstar Blogging Shannyn’s advice focuses on making money through blog sponsorships, reviews, giveaways, brand […]

Would You Consider a Move for More Job Opportunity?

Would you ever consider relocating to a city with more job opportunities? CNN Money recently released their Best Places to Live 2009 list. This year’s ranking was, for obvious reasons, heavily slanted towards cities that provided the most job opportunities. The top ten cities were: 1. Louisville, CO 2. Chanhassen, MN 3. Papillion, NE 4. Middleton, WI […]

Why You Need Socks (Stupid Personal Finance Moves)

There is a guy in my office today who is very well groomed, wearing khakis, a dress shirt, a sport coat, and nice lace-up shoes.  The odd thing is that he isn’t wearing any socks.  And I don’t think he has no-show (athletic) socks on.  He’s just not wearing any.  Now I’ve seen guys pull this […]

19 Summer Jobs for Teens & College Students

19 Fun Summer Jobs for Teens and College Students

Do you (or your teen) have a job for summer yet? It being graduation season, I thought I’d share some common summer job opportunities for teenagers and college students to make extra money. Some of these I’ve done myself. Others are just some of the more common jobs you hear about. Be sure to share […]



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Citi Double Cash Card Review – Double Cash Back has ARRIVED!

Many years ago, the idea of a double cash back credit card was fairly common. With bank interest rates above 4% and the economy on the rise, credit card companies were doing whatever they could to bring in new business. Then, in the blink of an eye, big bonus offers and high cash back percentages […]

10 Tips to Become an Expert Credit Card Travel Hacker without Getting Into Trouble

Credit card travel hacking is certainly not for everyone. It would be wrong for me to make a one size fits all recommendation and tell everyone to jump in and play this game. Certainly, the game has its benefits, but can have adverse financial impacts if not played wisely. What is the rewards game, anyway? […]

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard – 40,000 Bonus Miles Review

When I started a new job in affiliate marketing back in 2007, the rage was all about credit card bonuses.  At that time, issuers were falling over themselves to give away money up-front; with good reason.  Cardholders would charge themselves into bankruptcy and the money made would be tremendous.  After one large financial collapse and […]

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Part Time Money Podcast

PTM 001: Making Money to Fund an Adoption with Freelance Photographer Justin of One Smile Closer

In this first episode of the Part Time Money Podcast, I talk with my friend Justin, who started a part-time photography business to help fund the international child adoption process. Justin has a great story and has earned around $5,000 towards his family’s goal in just six months. He isn’t a classically trained photographer and […]

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The Best Canadian Part-Time Jobs with Benefits (Updated 2014)

Canada offers its citizens a single payer health care system, which means that all Canadians are covered for basic health services. Knowing this, an American might be forgiven for thinking that employer-sponsored health insurance benefits would be redundant. But the operative word for Canada’s public health insurance is “basic.” The state-run system guarantees primary care […]

Rent vs Buy

Think You’ve Answered the Renting vs Buying Question? Read this Renting Convert’s Perspective

Last year my wife and I decided to make the biggest change in our 12 years of marriage.  We decided to pursue our dream of living by the coast.  We sold our house in Dallas, TX, packed our belongings, and moved to sunny SoCal! Well, it wasn’t exactly that simple. It took almost a year of praying, […]

Rebalance IRA

Rebalance IRA: A Balanced Approach to Managing Your Retirement Portfolio

I’m certainly not an investment guru, but I’m always interested in learning about investment services such as Rebalance IRA. Why? Let’s face it, picking and managing investments for an IRA, (or any retirement account) isn’t easy for the average Joe and it’s serious business. After all, these decisions impact you in your retirement years! Wouldn’t […]

Small Business Debt and Profit Margin

3 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Dealing with Small Business Debt

Opening (and maintaining) a small business is a pricey endeavor. Most entrepreneurs have to take on some debt in order to get their business started or keep it afloat. After all, overhead, equipment, and payroll all cost money, and borrowing might sometimes be the best option to pay for it all. Unfortunately, debt can also […]

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Betterment Review 2014: We’re [Still] All Investors Now

Update: This comprehensive review now includes the latest on the revolutionary personal investing service, Betterment. Here are the details. Fees – Back in the day, Betterment used to charge 0.3% to 0.9%, depending on your account balance. Now they are charging from 0.15% to 0.35% (this is on top of investment expenses). They categorize their […]

Credit Card Travel Hacking

10 Tips to Become an Expert Credit Card Travel Hacker without Getting Into Trouble

Credit card travel hacking is certainly not for everyone. It would be wrong for me to make a one size fits all recommendation and tell everyone to jump in and play this game. Certainly, the game has its benefits, but can have adverse financial impacts if not played wisely. What is the rewards game, anyway? […]

MediShare

How You Can Dump Obamacare and Get Started with an Affordable Alternative (MediShare Review)

I just dropped my $1,100/mo health insurance plan with Humana. Before you think I’m crazy – I am after all a married father of three and a U.S. Citizen with a IRS-enforced mandate hanging over my head – listen to what I replaced it with. I joined the Christian medical expense sharing community, Medi-Share, for […]

Personal Money Management Apps

10 Essential Personal Money Management Apps

Poor money management excuses are running out for people with the introduction of the smartphone and the influx of personal finance apps.  As you may know, there are a wide variety of apps the can help the average person, or financially astute, budget, pay bills, save money, find deals and much more. Any smart phone […]

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Pet Insurance Could Have Saved me a Small Fortune – The Shadow Experience (Quick Update)

SHADOW UPDATE – I wrote this post one year ago; at a time when Shadow had gone through quite a bit of injury.  Well, I’m back to give another expensive update.  Today, we learned that Shadow now has a torn ACL.   So tack on another $2,600 surgery and $400 worth of lab work, MRI’s […]

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Capital One 360 Independence Day Bonus Bonanza is Back!

Capital One 360 wants you to declare your financial independence from bad checking accounts, mortgage fees, and expensive online brokers. They have a very clever Independence Day Sale going on from Monday, June 30th until Thursday, July 3 at 11:59pm ET.  If you’re in the market for a new checking account, savings account, or online […]

20 Best Part-Time Jobs With Benefits

Best Part Time Jobs With Benefits—Updated for the 2014 Implementation of Obamacare

Now that the Affordable Care Act has officially launched, it’s a good time to revisit the possibility of finding a part-time job with benefits. Prior to the 2014 implementation of the health-care mandate, many big-name businesses such as Papa John’s indicated that owners and franchisees would have no economic choice but to reduce employee hours […]

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Why I Use OptionsHouse for Trading and Options

I know many of you are interested in beginning a taxable investing account and so I’m back with a quick review of another online stock broker to help you do your cheap stock trading. OptionsHouse is an options-focused broker that also offers extremely cheap stock trades. As you may or may not know, options trading […]