Is AARP Worth it? Get These Awesome Benefits (Some Free) for People Under 50

At the YMCA where I used to work out, there was always a large stack of AARP magazines available for perusal during my 30 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill. Despite being in my 30s, it was always my favorite magazine to borrow for a workout—although I’d sometimes hide the cover like I was reading something illicit. I thought of AARP as an organization for...well, older people. It's called the American Association of … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Teach Your Kid Entrepreneurship (No Lemonade Stand Required)

PT's Note: I have three kids and teaching them to have the confidence to run their own business one day is definitely one of my life's goals. Here's my friend Amanda L. Grossman from MoneyProdigy.com to share some excellent advice for us on this subject... I grew up on a dairy farm, in the middle of Amish country. There were cows. There was a heck of a lot of manure. And the work was relentless – small family dairy farms have that … [Read more...]

The Best Credit Cards in Canada for 2018 [By Card Type]

There’s no universal answer to the question, "What is the best credit card?" Much in the same way the best convertible coupe would be ill-suited for a family of four, the best travel rewards credit card would make little sense for someone who rarely travels abroad. Simply put, categories matter and selecting the best credit card for you comes down to a number of factors - from your personal spending habits to what type of rewards … [Read more...]

How to Get Out of a Timeshare Legally: Newton Group Transfers [Review]

Wondering how to get out of a timeshare legally? Timeshares always seem like such a good idea when you are in the midst of one of those infamous, hours-long presentations. Not only can you imagine the joys of vacationing every year in a fabulous resort for a low, low price, but the sales tactics of timeshare salespeople can do a whammy on your rational thought processes. Before you know it, you’ve signed on the dotted line, and you are … [Read more...]

How I’m Using the QSEHRA [Managed by Take Command Health] to Deduct My Employees’ Healthcare Benefit

In this article, I'll share how I set up a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) to deduct the healthcare expense reimbursement benefit I offer my three full-time employees. In short, this is how I help my team with their health care needs (and get a tax deduction for it) without having to buy an expensive group health insurance policy. If you have a small team like me (or if you work on a small team) … [Read more...]

Earn Extra Money Browsing the Internet with Swagbucks

Many of us continue to spend more and more time online as websites support our daily activities. The Internet has also created a new wave of job opportunities in providing online business models. And of course, it also offers us entertainment through videos, social media and shopping. Overall, I get really excited about the earning potentials of online business and that it can replace sitting inside in a cubicle for many people. In today’s post, I’m sharing my … [Read more...]

Beam (beta) Review: Is 4% Savings in a Gamified Banking App For Real?

I've been using Beam since April 25th, 2018 and I can report that yes, as part of the beta test they did pay a nice baseline 2% APY on up to $15,000. That's a top-tier rate as of June 2018, even if you compare it to other high-interest online accounts. I felt comfortable with my money there, despite concerns from other online reviewers. I spoke with the Beam team and I believe they're on an earnest mission to help people save more … [Read more...]

The Best Personal Loan Sites for Small Business Owners (in 2019)

Personal loans can be a convenient way for small business owners to get cash to cover a short-term financial hurdle or help with temporary cash flow problems. Personal loans can also help potential entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground. While there are many businesses that can be started with little to no money upfront, there are times when a personal loan can make sense as the initial step in getting your small business … [Read more...]

The Annuity You Can Start Funding When You’re Young (Blueprint Income’s Personal Pension)

This piece was sponsored by Blueprint Income. However, opinions expressed are our own. Unlike many working in the personal finance sphere, I have no plans to retire. I love my work as a freelance writer, and I intend to keep at it even if my fingers my fall off and I have to type with my nose. However, I also know that retirement isn’t necessarily a choice, having seen friends and family members involuntarily retired from … [Read more...]

18 Legit Work-From-Home Jobs with No Startup Fee

Back before the Internet connected us at all times, it was mostly reclusive novelists and temperamental artists who were able to truly work from home. Anyone who had the dream of being able to work in their pajamas was either stuck dreaming about it, or they fell victim to some sort of envelope-stuffing scam that cost money and never materialized with a paycheck. Thankfully, these days there are a number of perfectly legitimate … [Read more...]

My Accountant Reviews QuickBooks Online vs Desktop

Editor's note: I use QuickBooks Online to handle the accounting for my blog and conference business. I'll be honest though - I don't know much about it or how it compares to the desktop version. I turned to my accountant, who uses it everyday on my behalf, to provide a quick review for anyone interested in using it. Running your successful business can be very challenging. Making the sale, providing the service, and/or producing the … [Read more...]

How to Organize Your Credit Cards and Conduct a Full Card Audit With This Simple Tracking Spreadsheet

If you’re like me, you’ve dabbled into the award travel game and found yourself with a wallet - or a desk drawer - full of credit cards; many of which you aren’t using anymore. This might have left you feeling disorganized, uneasy, and worried about making a mistake. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a bunch of annual fees for cards your not using or worse, an account could get compromised and you end up with a bunch of fraudulent charges. That's no … [Read more...]

Build Your Credit and Savings at the Same Time with Self Lender [It’s Legit!]

This post is brought to you by Self Lender. While this post was sponsored by Self Lender, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. PT's note: I first heard about Self Lender when a close friend asked me, "hey, is Self Lender legit?" His wife wanted to start improving her credit and wanted to know if Self Lender was a good option. It's definitely a novel concept and has that too-good-to-be-true feel. As it turns out, they are legit (I've met their team in … [Read more...]

Get 100% Free Talk, Text & 4GB Data for One Penny with FreedomPop

This post is brought to you by FreedomPop. While this is a sponsored post, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you're like me, you probably favor companies that you know are fighting for you? I’ve long been impressed by the offerings of FreedomPop, the no-really-we’re-not-kidding FREE mobile and Internet service provider that has been disrupting the mobile service model since 2011. While their 100% free plans … [Read more...]

BillFixers Review: Why You Should Let Them Negotiate Your Bills

Editor's note: PT here. I'm happily paying BillFixers $27 a month ($324 in total) for the next year. Why? Because they saved me a total of $648 on my Internet service with AT&T! To see how BillFixers could work for you, check out our full review below... Bills, bills, bills! They can seem never-ending. From your cable bill to your lawn service, they just keep piling up. I am always looking for different ways to lower my bills … [Read more...]