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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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Eats for the Week: 11/22/09

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After all these years, I finally learned how to dice an onion. Judging by the popularity of the video How to Chop an Onion on Clicker, I’m not the only one who’s struggled in this area. Don’t be afraid to watch the video if you’re among those who haven’t mastered this basic culinary skill. There’s [...]

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The Intersection of Confucius and the Catwalk

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There’s nothing more inspirational and accessible than a good quote. It’s amazing how a combination of words can drive you to act, to feel, to appreciate, to ponder. So simple, yet so powerful. I’ve had quotes totally alter my perspective. We’re talking about a few, seemingly, measly words. That’s crazy! Given the affection I have [...]

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Yo Money Yo Problems

Video can be fun. I’m trying it out just to see how it goes over. If you watch the video – and I hope you do- let me know your thoughts, opinions, questions, complaints, and concerns regarding the subject matter. Here’s the description of the video I posted on YouTube: Not a whole lot to [...]

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Don’t be a Diva

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It’s interesting how moneyless people think so many things are beneath them. They have such high standards. Standards that are in no way representative of their actual financial condition. When we think of divas, we envision an over the top woman decked out in high-end clothing and gaudy jewelry. We think of a haughty shrew who walks [...]

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Why Paying Off Student Loan Debt Makes No Sense and Why I Did It

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There was a time I swore I’d never pay off student loan debt a second sooner than required. Why would I do something dumb like that? There were so many benefits to keeping it around until 2020. By paying off my student loan, I’d avoid 2.625% of interest on the outstanding balance each year. That’s [...]

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Eats for the Week: 11/15/09

Perhaps I was a little overzealous with last week’s menu plan. Who knew a 9″ x 13″ tuna casserole would last so long? Even though I didn’t prepare three of the meals on the previous menu plan, I only ate out once. And that cost me less than $3.50. Not bad, huh? The Swiss Chard [...]

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Weekly Roundup: Debuting the “Tweet of the Week”

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I really hate to say this, but, sometimes, Google sucks. As far as search engines go, they’re the best we got. But still, they suck….sometimes. In my experience, the most useful sites were introduced to me by way of a blog post, magazine article, news program, podcast, or word of mouth. The point I’m trying [...]

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The Only Thing My Mama Needed to Teach Me About Money

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Why is it so hard to grasp the concept of scarcity? Didn’t we learn that stuff in grade school? Although I believe it’s important to minimize the negative impact we have on the planet, that’s not what I’m getting at. Even if you don’t care about responsibly managing the earth’s resources, you should concern yourself [...]

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Lean Financial Living

It was the lure of  The $10 Phone Bill featured on the November 16, 2009 cover of Forbes that enticed me to open the magazine. The article spanned a total of 11 pages. Interspersed within were advertisements and photographs. All sorts of wasted space. My limited attention span couldn’t suffer all the extra information. For now, I’ll [...]

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Are You Generous or Spineless?

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The likelihood of us becoming close friends is inversely related to your propensity to hassle me. Words generally used to describe me are “smart,” “sarcastic,” and just plain ol’ “awesome.” Over the years, I’ve managed to escape labels such as “generous” or “giving.” Why? Again, because I don’t want to be hassled. You need a [...]

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