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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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This is My Confession: I Got Scammed

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This morning, I was all fired up to come home and blog about my 2010 Roth IRA contributions as well as the logic behind investing in Charles Schwab ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds). That burning desire has since simmered. There’s a more pressing matter I have to get off my chest. You see, I’ve been scammed. [...]

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Menu Plan Monday: Back from Sickation

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Yeah, uh, I didn’t get around to making that Curried Rice with Shrimp at any point during the previous week. Last time we spoke, I mentioned I was going to make a pot of rice in anticipation of cooking the curried shrimp the following day. Well, I made the rice, but that delicious shrimp (and [...]

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A Minor Setback on the New Year’s Resolution Front…Already

How I wish I had a profound money saving message to deliver tonight. I don’t. I wanted to give a quick update on how I’m sticking to the menu plan I outlined last night. It looks like I won’t get around to making the Curried Rice with Shrimp. Rats! Just getting the year started and I’m [...]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 4, 2010

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One of my top New Year’s resolutions is to reduce waste by 75% in 2010. When you’re as frugal as I am, it’s painful to throw things in the garbage that could’ve been put to good use. To the extent possible, I try to ensure my possessions find a proper home before making their way [...]

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Budgets Aren’t Supposed to Work. You Are.

Ramit Sethi, a personal finance blogger I greatly admire and respect, recently bashed budgets again in a post entitled 7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money. In lie number 3, “I’m going to start keeping a budget,” Ramit correctly identifies why people don’t track their spending: It’s hard, It makes you uncomfortable, and It’s easier to [...]

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips

If you’re like me, most of the big gifts for your immediate family are out the way.  Now it’s time to purchase (or not) small gifts for friends, family and associates.  Here is my holiday gift guide that won’t break the bank. Determine if the prospective gift recipient needs, or even wants, a gift. Last [...]

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85% Savings on a Name Brand Product Purchase?! I’ve Outdone Myself.

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I don’t know about you, but I really get excited when I’ve gotten a good deal. I’ll stop an uninterested stranger on the street to rave about a bargain. But fortunately, through the magic of the interwebs, there’s an audience who actually wants to hear the story. You already know I meticulously planned my health [...]

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The Last 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Anything

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The previous post dealt with The First 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Anything. Here we’ll primarily address what to do if you haven’t convinced yourself not to purchase a particular item, or you don’t know how to get it for free. Before you open your wallet, ask the following: 1. Can I borrow [...]

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Guest Post at Bible Money Matters!

You may have noticed I haven’t contributed any posts on how to save money on Christmas gifts. There won’t be any either. Not from me anyway. For the last few years, I’ve taken a strong position against giving gifts to loved ones. Occasionally the thought may cross my mind to buy something for the children, [...]

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The First 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Anything

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Okay, there are actually 10 questions you should ask yourself before buying anything. This here’s a two parter. To the novice frugalite, it may seem like a lot. But once you hone the art of not spending money (or parting with as little as possible), these questions automatically answer themselves. 1. Do I need it? [...]

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