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Introducing: The Get Rich Slowly Guide – Q&A with Author J.D. Roth

My friend J.D. Roth recently released the Get Rich Slowly guide. I sat down with him (over email, of course) to learn about the guide and get some extra insight for you guys. Here’s our interview: Why did you put this together? I founded Get Rich Slowly (the blog) in 2006. I wrote and edited […]

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Should You Go to College or Start a Business?

It’s been almost four years since former PayPal Chairman and CEO Peter Thiel started the 20 Under 20 program—the controversial initiative that paid 20 college students up to $100,000 to drop out of school. Basically, Thiel’s initiative hoped to show that the best path to success is not necessarily through education (and its attendant debt […]

Pillars of Small Business Finances

Small Business Finances: The Key Financial Pillars of Building a Start-Up

Here’s a note from a reader: “…thank you for the information you provided on Entrepreneurship on Fire. I was deeply encouraged and felt led to contact you. I am a 24 year old entrepreneur, economics and finance major, former athlete. Recently I quit my IT sales job to focus on my a project I have […]

Time Management for Part Time Entrepreneurs

Time Management for Part-Time Entrepreneurs

Part-time entrepreneurs have the best and worst of both worlds. While they face less financial risk by keeping their full-time jobs while growing their business, they run up against the problem of time management. How do you find the time to grow your business when so much of your time is already spoken for? The […]

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Hawaiian Airlines Elite World MasterCard Review – 35,000 Bonus Miles

If I were to ask you to pick one state you would want to vacation in, which would you choose?  Sure, some might say Florida, California, even South Dakota if you’re a “I love monuments” kind of guy; but I think the overwhelming majority would exclaim HAWAII. Hawaiian Airlines has 29 different locations within the […]

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The NFL is Teaching the World a Valuable Business Lesson

I spent two+ hours last night watching the reaction of a football game that had already ended.  On Monday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers by a score of 14-12 and anyone that watched the game could tell you the final score should have been Green Bay 12, Seattle 7.  The […]

Easy Money: How to Get Money Fast

Sorry to disappoint you 80′s comedy fans, but I’m not talking about the Rodney Dangerfield flick from 1983, Easy Money. I’m referring to you and your finances. How can you get cash quick if you needed it badly? Let’s say some unfortunate event happened and you needed a large sum of cash immediately (within a […]

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How to Make Six Figures a Year as a Freelancer

One of the strangest beliefs about freelancing is that it either makes you a ton of money or nothing at all. I’m not the only one who used to think this.  A lot of people have this misconception that “making money on the internet” is either scammy or completely impossible. So naturally, when I quit […]

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Earn Rewards Without a Credit Card: 2% Cash Back Using a Debit Card

PerkStreet recently updated their offering and now they offer 5% cash back in some spending categories. Read more about the 5% cash back offer from PerkStreet Financial. I was hanging out with some friends the other night, playing some Texas hold’em, and we started talking about our generation’s feelings towards debt. Even though we know […]



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130,000 Points for the Win: Results of My Second Credit Card App Party

When the new year rolled around and my reward point balances started to dwindle I knew it was time to once again think about doing a credit card app party (see the results of year one). An app (application) party is when you sign up with several credit cards all at once to maximize your […]

Our Recent Points Trip “Babycation” to Tucson’s J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort

Mrs. PT does a fantastic job taking care of our family – the two girls and I – day in and day out. Since we’re about to bring a new member of the family into the world, we figured it was time for a babymoon getaway (i.e. a little pre-”babycation”). Or, as Mrs. PT and […]

Citi ThankYou Premier Card Review

There was a time not too long ago where a bonus like the one Citi has just launched would be accompanied by similar ones from other issuers.  However in the last six months; not a single credit card issuer has come forward with an up-front bonus of this magnitude, thus making the 50,000 bonus ThankYou […]

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Part-Time Money Podcast

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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Free Online Checking Accounts – Updated 2014

Checking should be free. Don’t you agree? I say don’t pay a monthly fee for a checking account unless you absolutely have to. After all, you’re loaning them your money. All they’re giving you is a debit card, some checks, and a few monthly transactions with a teller. There’s four different ways to go about […]

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Not a Travel Hacker? Vacation Where and When Your Dollar Goes the Furthest

Do you love to travel? I do. I’ve had the luxury of traveling a lot in my former work career. I really enjoyed getting to see the world on someone else’s dime. Now that I’ve changed career paths, I don’t get that benefit. I’ve recently jumped head first into the travel hacking scene. But I […]

ATM Robbery Prank

Fake ATM Robbery Gone Wrong, Plus Card and ATM Safety Tips

Did you catch this ATM robbery prank-gone-wrong over the weekend? A group of young Australian guys calling themselves Reckless Youth on their YouTube channel filmed themselves faking ATM robberies. Innocent bystanders quickly run to the aid of the “victim”, and in the prank’s final round, the prankster thief gets a new nose job (not for […]

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Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2014

The 2014 IRA contribution limits remained stagnant from last year to this year. Traditional IRA and Roth IRA These Individual Retirement Arrangements or Accounts (IRAs) were created to provide a tax incentive to save for your own retirement. They are both excellent tools to help you in your efforts to secure a comfortable retirement. I have […]

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Signal Speculator Portfolio Update (-0.7%) ADEP Flatlines [Grow Your Dough Throwdown Part 2]

Well, two months have come and gone and I haven’t made a dime in my attempt at stock speculation. Cue the sad piano. I’ve been participating in the Grow Your Dough Throwdown with some other bloggers. Read Part 1. This contest has us each investing in the assets of our choice (stocks, funds, gold, businesses, […]

Tax Deductions

10 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions for 2014

Are you doing your own taxes this year?  Do you review your tax return even if you have it prepared by a CPA, friend, TaxACT or H&R Block? Probably not a bad idea to give it a once over. If you do, consider some of these tax deductions (as noted by Kiplinger.com) and make sure you […]

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borro Review: Quick Cash for Your Luxury Items

Do you have a Kandinsky hanging in your home or an extra Bugatti in your driveway? What about an Hermes handbag or an Omega watch? If so, you could have them appraised and borrow against them through borro.com. Okay, so admittedly, most of us don’t have luxury items like those, but there are other items […]

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130,000 Points for the Win: Results of My Second Credit Card App Party

When the new year rolled around and my reward point balances started to dwindle I knew it was time to once again think about doing a credit card app party (see the results of year one). An app (application) party is when you sign up with several credit cards all at once to maximize your […]

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3 Ways To File Your Taxes For FREE

It’s tax time!  You should have received your W2s by now so you should be ready to file your taxes.  April 15th, the last day to file taxes this year, will be here before you know it. So get going.  Luckily, if you meet certain criteria, you may just be able to file your federal […]

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Don’t Forget to Max Out Your Health Savings Account: Annual HSA Contribution Limits

I’ll be writing a couple of checks out in the next few weeks to my credit union.  This will bring our HSA contributions for last year and this year up to the maximum limits for each year.  The process is pretty painless (good people at that credit union), and I know I’ll leave with a […]

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Our Recent Points Trip “Babycation” to Tucson’s J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort

Mrs. PT does a fantastic job taking care of our family – the two girls and I – day in and day out. Since we’re about to bring a new member of the family into the world, we figured it was time for a babymoon getaway (i.e. a little pre-”babycation”). Or, as Mrs. PT and […]

Tax Day April 15th

Tax Calendar and Last Day to File Taxes in 2014

No big surprises this year. The last day to file taxes in 2014, for the 2013 tax year, is April 15, 2014. In the past it’s been pushed back a day this because of the way the weekend falls and because of a holiday. For instance, three years ago Emancipation Day got in the way of […]