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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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10 Cost Cutting Tips for Christmas 2009

Keeping costs low during the holiday season is nearly as tough as keeping the excess weight off during Thanksgiving. While many of us are well intentioned when it comes to keeping expenses down during the holidays, our best laid plans are often crushed by the reality of the cost of food, gifts, decorations, and all [...]

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Eats for the Week: 12/13/09

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Last Sunday I prepared Slow Cooker Beef Chili with Cornbread Topping, then proceeded to eat it practically every day for the rest of the week. If it hadn’t been my very first slow cooker meal, I would’ve cut the recipe in half, but I was afraid I’d ruin the dish. Not this week. These recipes [...]

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Marketing to the Max: When Dumb Products Happen to Smart People

Do you know anyone who’s absolutely convinced their favorite product is the best invention since boxed wine? My mother swears by low sodium salt. For a while, I believed it was healthier because, hey, it has less sodium. One day while sprinkling my grits with regular sodium salt, my mother told me to be careful [...]

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Eats for the Week: 12/6/09

I’m disappointed in me. My waistline has expanded beyond my circumference of comfort. While driving from the supermarket this evening, I felt belly fat spilling over the front of my skinny jeans. My thighs aren’t vigorously rubbing together when I walk yet. But earlier today, they felt a little too snugly with one another while [...]

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Elin Woods, You’re My Hero

I’m afraid what I’m about to say might tarnish my squeaky clean image, but I’ve been rabid for new information about this Tiger Woods “getting in a one man car crash at two something in the morning the day after Thanksgiving” debacle. You’d think I’m a more thoughtful person. I’m not. Sorry to disappoint you. [...]

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When Freedom Binds You

The other day I stumbled upon a man whom I found myself surprisingly attracted to. It took a minute before I realized what was appealing about him. Was it the salt and pepper hair? Maybe I found his wrinkled t-shirt alluring. The half calf socks were kind of doing it for me.  Was it the [...]

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A Pain in My Budget: December 2009

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Preparing December’s budget hurt a little bit. But not for reasons that pain most people this time of year. I only exceeded my Black Friday/Cyber Monday budget by about $10. From my findings, it should be pretty clear I made no arrangements to holiday shop for anyone other than Shawanda Greene (that’s me). Every year [...]

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Eats for the Week: 11/29/09

Thanksgiving dinner turned out surprisingly well. Although turkey would’ve been great, there’s no way I would’ve been able to finish even a small one before tiring of it. Plus, I don’t have a fryer, and there’s absolutely no other way to prepare a turkey. I said “no other way!!!” If you’ve got nothing against bottom [...]

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Black Friday Findings

I woke up around 9:45 this morning. By 10:30 AM, I was dressed and ready to brave the holiday crowds. Normally, I’d be out well before sunrise. With the exception of clothes, everything I wanted could be purchased over the internet. So there was no need to cut my beauty rest short.  I’m glad I [...]

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Keeping the Thanks in Thanksgiving

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With all the talk of Black Friday, it seems we skip right over Thanksgiving and shift our focus sharply to Christmas. We treat Thanksgiving like it’s the opening act for Black Friday. Well, there’s no way I can forget about Thanksgiving. Every year, around this time, I get inexplicably teary eyed about once every other [...]

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