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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, […]

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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? […]

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Quit Your Job

Fix Your Finances and Quit Your Day Job

For many, quitting the “rat race” and owning a business is the ultimate dream. Setting your own hours, and watching the money roll in seems like the ideal lifestyle. Unfortunately, for most of us, it isn’t so easy. Most of us can’t just quit a day job and turn a hobby into a money-maker. There […]

Make Money at the DMV

I Made $180 Simply Waiting in Line at the DMV

The Department of Motor Vehicles. There are few places in this world that are more dreaded. Last Thursday, I had an expired out of state registration that needed updating and I was forced to make a visit. Just moving from Florida to Connecticut, I’ve had to go to the DMV a few times; each time […]

Companion Airline Ticket from Promotions in Travel, Dish Pronto, and Dish Network – Worthless Rebate Rewards

Companion Airline Ticket Finally Arrives Please forgive me for this rant.  Last month I wrote about the 3 Steps to Stress-Free Rebates.  Obviously I haven’t taken my own advice because I’m pretty stressed right now. In that posts, I shared that I was waiting, not so patiently, on a free companion airline ticket to arrive from Dish Pronto.  I’d […]

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The Problem with Being Fabulously Wealthy

The link between wealth and happiness has been covered many times, from ancient proverbs to modern science. But the recent (and impossible to avoid) news about Kim Kardashian’s failed marriage had me wondering about the opposite side of the wealth/happiness coin. Is it possible that being fabulously wealthy can make you less happy? I’m not […]



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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 […]

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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Kristen Carney - Founder of Tech Startup Cubit

PTM 029 – How to Launch a Tech Startup Part-Time with Kristen Carney of Cubit

This episode of the Part-Time Money podcast is with Kristen Carney of Cubit. Cubit sells demographic data: $20 basic demographic reports, a web app that people use to pull demographic data, and a consulting branch that does custom data research. In 2009, Cubit took a small round of funding from a local Austin seed stage […]

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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 […]

Goodbye Says Your Tenant Who Broke the Lease

What to Do If Your Tenant Breaks the Lease

Sooner or later, you’re going to get the dreaded notice from your tenant that they have to break the lease. No matter how much you prepare, it’s usually not fun to stop down and turnover a rental unit ahead of schedule. But there are some things you can do to minimize the pain, both before you […]

Disability Insurance for the Self Employed

What You Need to Know About Disability Insurance for the Self-Employed

Disability insurance is hardly a sexy topic of conversation, or even a common worry. After all, it’s not like most of us do anything more strenuous than checking our email on the average day, so how likely is it that we will need disability insurance? As a matter of fact, it’s pretty likely. According to […]

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PTM 037 – How to Create The Economy of You with Kimberly Palmer of US News

This episode of the podcast features fellow money writer, Kimberly Palmer. She just released a new book, The Economy of You. In this show we talk about her book, her business (Palmer’s Planners), and what she learned from others profiled in the book. Kimberly is of course the writer at the US News and World […]

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These Simple Car Care Tips Can Help Save Money – Even for Non Gear Heads Like Me

These days everyone is trying to save a little bit extra here and there. One of the most overlooked (or avoided) ways to save is in the proper care of your car. Given that April was National Car Care month I thought I’d share a few simple car care tips for properly maintaining your vehicles […]

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An Interview with Farnoosh Torabi, Author of When She Makes More

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with personal finance superstar Farnoosh Torabi to discuss her just-released book When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women. Farnoosh’s book couldn’t be more timely. A Pew Study from 2013 found that 40% of households with children have a breadwinning mother at the helm. Last year, […]

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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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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 […]