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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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Menu Plan Monday ~ Mar 28, 2011

Whew! What a week. I, literally, just returned home from Smithfield, NC where we celebrated my mother’s 59th birthday. Don’t ask me why my brother chose that location. I mean is it really too much to ask to meet at a half way point that’s a bit closer to civilization? Either way, it feels good to [...]

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How 5 Seconds Can Make You Feel Better About Yourself…Or Worse

They say you shouldn’t compare yourself to other people. Well, what the hell do they know? I mean who are they anyway? As much as we hate to admit, it’s hard to calculate our awesomeness if we don’t have any criteria to measure it against. For instance, would you say that you’re wealthy? And don’t [...]

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Spend Money to Save Money on Groceries?

If you want to save more money on groceries, like every other area of your finances, you’ve got to be honest with yourself. It’s common for people who’ve recently set out to reform their spending habits to go overboard with frugal living tips. There’s one tip in particular that makes perfect sense in theory, but completely falls [...]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Mar 21, 2011

It’s amazing how shame can motivate you. I awoke this morning overcome with anxiety and guilt for cooking once last week. Writing another “I’m going to get it together” post this week would be – well – embarrassing. Since there was still a bit of time for me to redeem myself, I raced to the [...]

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How to Make Extra Money Online Freelance Writing

Making money freelancing online can be a wonderful way to add to your main source of income, especially if you have writing aspirations or talents, but it can just as easily be the worst kind of Ponzi scheme out there. Here are a few tips for writing content, online or off, that gets you some [...]

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The No-Nonsense Parent’s Guide to Saving for College

Given the shameful condition of the average American’s finances, it’s a wonder so many insist on funding their kids’ college education. Albeit a noble endeavor, setting aside money for your child’s education, while your retirement portfolio lay coughing and wheezing on life support, is another form of living above your means. I say let the [...]

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Why Your Facebook Friends Can’t Spell And How It Relates To Your Money

While browsing through my Facebook news feed, I came across this little gem of ignorance authored by one of my younger friends. Facebook friend: I Got Ah Notha Question ;; Y Is It Wen Yhu Dnt Wear Yo Seat Belt In Ah Car Yhu Get Pulled Over And Get Ah Ticket , But Wen Yhu [...]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Mar 14, 2011

I’m still not 100% compliant with my menu plan, but I’m getting there. Last week, I made bacon wrapped chicken with a side of vegetables and mushrooms. They were pretty good, but the meal that really stole the show were the tacos. Initially, I planned on making taco seasoning from scratch, but the prepared stuff [...]

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How Much Does Comfort Really Cost?

Last weekend, I attended a taping of The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman here in Washington, D.C. The show consists mainly of audience members asking Ric Edelman questions about their personal finances. As expected, I learned a ton of information about money – stuff I’d never even thought of. It was all so fascinating. However, [...]

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The 7 Sorriest Excuses for Being Broke

I’ve legitimately been called a lot of things: smart, selfish, compassionate, nappy headed, beautiful, ample bosomed. (I’m just kidding about that last one.) In writing this blog post, I’m slightly concerned that “heartless” will be added to the list. Humbly do I ask your forgiveness in advance. Okay. Enough with the pleasantries. Too often we [...]

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