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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: 11/8/09

As you can see, last week was very productive. The chicken posole was the only dish from my previous menu plan I didn’t prepare. While at the supermarket today, I happened upon hominy – the lone ingredient from the recipe that I didn’t have on hand. Before, I decided to spare myself the time and [...]

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Cinco de Weeko

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Aah. What a week. I’ve been looking forward to writing this roundup all day. Although not totally related to personal finance, I recently discovered two great resources. They’ve made it so much easier for me to consume all the interesting information I come across. First up is Snackr. It’s completely revolutionized how I organize my [...]

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Wealth Relativity

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About a week or so ago, I was talking to a friend about Christian leadership. There’s a particular area in her life where she’s struggled tremendously. She’s been challenged spiritually, physically, mentally and financially. It’s been my experience that such battles will either bring you closer to God or leave you questioning whether he even [...]

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Back to the Basics of Budgeting: November 2009

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Unlike a distant retirement, world travel is actually something to get excited about. If I want to begin the realization of this dream in the near future, I’d better get a bit more serious. Lately, I’ve viewed my budget more as a way to track past expenses than as a tool to plan future spending. [...]

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Eats for the Week: 11/1/2009

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For a while, I thought menu planning was something only women with children did. Why would a young, sexy, and single urbanite like myself even consider such a thing? (I’m joking; twenty-eight isn’t that young.) As it turns out, menu planning is a great way to save money. The weight loss that usually results is [...]

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This is My Confession

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I’ve been a bum. In case you don’t know what I’m referring to, take a look at the number of blog postings during September and October 2009 compared to August 2009 on the sidebar. It’s ridiculous. Some changes must be made going forward. But I would like to add that it’s not totally my fault. [...]

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Go Big and Go Broke

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There’s nothing wrong with investing in yourself. Actually, I’m a huge proponent of continual self improvement. I’m not averse to spending money to ultimately make money, and I have a sneaking suspicion you aren’t either. Three sentences in and you should already know we’re going to take this discussion in a different direction. I’m not a [...]

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What’s Your Gazingus Pin?

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Shopping is a fairly easy and mindless way to pass the time. When I couldn’t think of anything more meaningful to do, I’d hit the mall. The success of an impromptu trip to the mall was based on the number of products purchased. Few experiences were more fulfilling than exiting the mall with multiple bags of goodies on each arm.

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A Love Affair with Frugality and Frivolity

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After I paid off my final debt in December 2008, I really wanted to treat myself to a ginormous leather designer handbag. Reluctant to abandon the habits that led to debt freedom, I set a $500 cap on this piece of shoulder art that’d accompany me for all of 2009.

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