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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 Move Without Blasting a Hole in Your Budget

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Stop wasting energy on frugal tactics that save piddly amounts of cash. If you want to save serious money, take a chainsaw to your big expenses, most notably, housing. Some people think smart financial habits involve burning money on plus-size mortgages while scrimping on basic comforts like heating and cooling. Do you seriously believe you [...]

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Downsizing to Free Up Cash From Your Property

The economic downturn has had a significant impact on pension pots, and although there is still disagreement over whether quantitative easing is to blame, thousands of people approaching retirement are having to look at other ways to top up their income in later life and maintain their expected standard of living. One of the options

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Secret Tricks to Grabbing the Best Travel Deals

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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 will give you peace [...]

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My Top 10 Most Favorite Frugal Things (An Update)

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In early 2010, I shared My T0p 10 Most Favorite Frugal Things. A lot has changed since then. Although I still regularly use most of the items on the original list, I’ve discovered other money saving products that are worth mentioning. So, without further ado, here goes. #10 Hem Tape When my job required I [...]

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4 Steps to Financial Health

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Americans these days are increasingly concerned about their health — quitting smoking, exercising more and eating more locally grown fruits and vegetables. If only people were as conscientious about their personal finances. If you’re one of those people whose pocketbook feels worn out, whose retirement savings seem flabby, it’s time to give yourself a financial [...]

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How to Dodge the High Price and Inconvenience of Your Doctor’s Office

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Many Americans blame skyrocketing health care costs on others who, at the onset of a tummy ache, race to the emergency room. I suspect only a few people define a four hour wait in a dimly lit, diseased lobby as a good time; however, it’s easy to overlook more affordable treatment options. A recent study [...]

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Should You Use a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund?

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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 can withdraw contributions–NOT [...]

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How to Make Extra Income With Online Odd Jobs

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After surveying YHMTYT readers and newsletter subscribers, I learned which financial matters most concern you: Saving an emergency fund Paying off debt Investing for retirement Surprisingly, starting a business falls to the bottom of list. (You guys also don’t give a crap about funding your kids’ college education. :’) You make me proud.) But I know you’re [...]

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No kids? No problem! You Can Still Take Advantage of Back-to-School Sales

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There’s a lot of dough spent as parents send their kids off to school. In the midst of all this shopping craziness there are great deals, coupons and sales on school supplies, furniture & dorm needs and clothing. Even if you are not a student and don’t have children, you can take advantage of this [...]

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What You Can Do to Stomp Out Gender Pay Discrimination

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In 2011, American women earned 82.2% of men’s median weekly earnings, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. In almost every profession, women pull in lower wages than their male counterparts. Although part of the gender pay gap stems from good old-fashioned sexism, women shoulder some of the blame for their discounted salaries. When you [...]

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