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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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Got Medical Debt? Here’s Good News About Its Effects On Your Credit Score

According to the Wall Street Journal, 64 Million Americans have medical debt on their collection report.  That’s an astonishing number and certainly raises awareness and some concern for this financial issue.  People are fighting to get out of medical debt, or buried so deep they don’t know what to do. Is that you? Financial gurus advise […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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52 Ways to Make Extra Money …Revisited

I’ve created a download-able version of my most popular post, 52 Ways to Make Extra Money. This book is available for download right now. But this isn’t just a rehash of the old post. With the help of some friends I was able to provide much more detail for selected ideas (around 15). The guide […]

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How To Get the Most When Selling Your Car

Selling your car can be stressful. Not only are you saying goodbye to an old friend, but you also have to face negotiating with someone on a big-ticket item. It may be easier to just trade your car in at the dealer, but that is not the best choice financially (unless we’re talking about a […]

My Favorite Posts from 2010

Now that 2010 has come to a close, I thought I would take a moment to walk through some of my favorite posts from the year. Early last year I started a mini-series exploring different ways to make extra money online. My first post covered the topic of freelance writing. I’m happy to report that […]

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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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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PTM 021 – Making Extra Money with Online Video Contests

In this podcast I had the pleasure of talking with Matthew Fletcher, who uses Tongal to compete in online video contests. “Tongal offers creative people the unique opportunity to work with brands and companies that need new and original video content, which means you can get paid to do what you love.” So far, Matt […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]