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Should You Use a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund?

Should You Use a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund?

Saving an emergency fund and investing for retirement are both important. But squirreling away three to twelve months of living expenses may delay retirement investing for years. Fortunately, there's a way to do both without doubling your income: Use your Roth IRA as an emergency fund. Unlike the traditional IRA, with a Roth IRA, you ...

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Where to Buy Movie Tickets For Cheap Online

Where to Buy Movie Tickets For Cheap Online

Nothing's more timeless than griping about movie ticket prices, and for good reason. Where I live, an adult movie pass, generally, costs at least $11. After popcorn and drinks, a night at the movies is like $40 for two adults. That's cuhrazy! Fortunately, you don't have to pay full price at ...

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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Passive Income Streams

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Passive Income Streams

A couple of days ago, in How Lazy Bastards Make Money Without Lifting a Finger, we discussed the benefits of passive income. Today we'll dive into the nitty-gritty details on how to passively beef up your earnings. Interest Simply put, interest is the cost of cash. It's money earned for money loaned. Individuals, businesses, and governments ...

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Secret Tricks to Grabbing the Best Travel Deals

Secret Tricks to Grabbing the Best Travel Deals

Many Americans spend the whole year fantasizing about those precious few weeks of vacation, when they can escape corporate politicking and their tuna-fish-sandwich-eating office mate. But if you want to truly unwind during your time off, don't allow money worries to cloud your brain. Making the most of your travel dollars ...

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Check Your Credit Score Online for Free: Credit Karma Review

Check Your Credit Score Online for Free: Credit Karma Review

Have you been to AnnualCreditReport.com to order a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus? If you haven't, you should do so once a year. If you have, then you're aware that AnnualCreditReport.com does NOT offer a free credit score along with your free credit ...

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How to Speed Up Slow Cooking

There’s only one thing I like hard and slow. Here’s a hint: It ain’t cooking. However, I’m a longtime advocate of slow cooking–as long as it’s easy. A crock pot will transform a cheap, tough cut of meat into tender, succulent deliciousness like no other. But when the actual heating time of a meal ranges [...]

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Menu Plan Monday: “Back At It” Edition

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In recent weeks, I’ve eaten most meals away from home. Even though I buy a lot of grub from budget friendly Peruvian grills, the costs add up. For the most part, home cooked food is cheaper than its restaurant prepared counterpart. This week, I’m getting my act together. And the first step is to devise a [...]

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4 Hardcore Strategies to Torch Debt, Rack Up Cash, and Build Wealth Now

To reach financial freedom, don’t pussyfoot around your money problems. Tackle them like a boss. Go ahead: Complete online surveys. Shop at the dollar store. Reuse disposable freezer bags. But realize, when you’re smothered by a sea of debt and worried about which bills to pay each month, you need to free up more than [...]

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10 No-Sew, T-Shirt Scarves You Can Make at Home

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If your wardrobe budget is tight, don’t fret. Stretch your pennies by falling back on a rarely used, natural-born gift: Good ol’ fashioned creativity. I said don’t fret, dammit! You don’t have to depend on your own artistic skills. God invented Pinterest so that you can steal ideas from the fashionably gifted. A variety of [...]

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4 Remarkably Simple Ways to “Clip” Coupons With Your Phone

In today’s economy, money is tight for many of us. We try and find ways to save as much money as we can, and one way is by couponing. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to get a good deal though. If you have a smartphone, it is easy to get the best [...]

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5 Travel Hacks Learned at FinCon12

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If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or FourSquare, then you might’ve noticed I left my beloved District of Columbia for a few days. Where’d I go, you ask? To FinCon12 in Denver, Colorado, of course. As far as I know, there’s no other conference like it. Hundreds of personal finance nerds get together for [...]

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Finally, There’s a Better Way to Organize Your Bills

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Isn’t life more peaceful when your mind isn’t cluttered with thoughts and whatnot? I mean, why burden yourself with remembering stuff? You’ve got better things to do, right? That’s why I’m a huge fan of automation. I’ll automate anything. I auto-save for emergencies. I auto-invest for retirement. I auto-pay my bills. I’ve even auto-fed my [...]

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3 Quick and Easy Tips to Shrink Car Insurance Costs

Even after you slide that final car payment in the mailbox, you may dish out thousands of dollars in auto insurance premiums. Car insurance is an onus that never seems to die. Like it or not, you need it, you probably want it, and in most states, you gotta have it. Fortunately, you can reap massive savings [...]

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Career Prospects and Job Hunting Tips for a New Mother

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Going back to work can be a very emotional time for a new mother. The choice to return to the work force is filled with a million questions like How am I going to work and care for my child? How will I pay for daycare? Will my employer think I’m a less dedicated work? [...]

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The 3 Most Diabolical Online Scams and How to Avoid Them

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Classified ads are the preffered stomping ground of online con artists. You’ll find internet hustlers creeping around most sections of classified websites: From the housing section to automobiles to jobs. These diabolical crooks have cooked up some pretty impressive tricks designed to rip off the most skeptical buyer. So which scams should you look out for? [...]

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