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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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Don’t Get Distracted by Misguided Money Advice

Regular readers of You Have More Than You Think know my opinion of the “I deserve it” mentality. A few days ago, I was reminded of another line of reasoning that caused my neck muscles to tense up. While reading the Wall Street Journal article “Saving Again? Here’s a Way to Do It Right,” I [...]

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Did We Learn Anything from the Recession?

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Last Tuesday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession is “very likely over.” Many radio talk show hosts, television personalities, and others who are utterly clueless on matters of the economy weighed in to assess the validity of the Chairman’s statement. I’m not going to argue with the man. If he says the recession is [...]

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Why Your Prayers Are Powerless Over Your Money

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During the infancy of You Have More Than You Think, I wondered if I should discuss religion. After all, our religious beliefs, or lack thereof, could strongly influence the way we manage our money. But still, religion is such a sensitive issue. I don’t wanna get any of my readers all worked up if I [...]

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A Time to Challenge Cookie Cutter Financial Advice

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Now that I’m back from vacation, I’ve been pondering a blog post that’ll knock your socks off. The financial argument I’m about to put to you is profound, earth shattering, mind blowing even. It is radical. I might go so far to say that it’s soul shifting.

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The Softer Side of Building Financial Wealth

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When I was a kid, there wasn’t a single act of dishonesty that wouldn’t provoke my mother’s wrath. Telling a lie was a surefire way to getting beat/spanked/whipped. (Don’t worry. I wasn’t abused.) It’s the memory of my mother’s violent reaction in response to even minor deception that makes it so difficult for me to [...]

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The Weekly Roundup (More Like Recap)

Due to a severe case of vacationitis (Ashley from SpendOnLife.com diagnosed me), I was unable to post as often as I would’ve liked this week. This condition also made it extremely taxing to do anything beyond daydream about being off from work for 10 days straight. I didn’t do much reading of other peoples’ blog [...]

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The Dumbest Way to Save Money

The other day, I was casually chatting with a family member. She is a financial dunce who repeatedly serves up material for this blog. If you’re a regular reader of You Have More Than You Think, then you already know this particular family member’s name. If you’re not, her name is Larissa, and I will [...]

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The Birthweek Roundup

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The highlight of this week was having the opportunity to meet a You Have More Than You Think reader in person. The meeting was especially interesting for me because he’s from Sweden. I’m always eager to hear how people from other countries live.

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4 Reasons You Should Never Cosign A Loan

Picture it. On a blistering cold evening in the winter of 2005, I received a frantic phone call from a family member whose loan application had just been denied. To protect the indigent, let’s refer to this family member as Larissa. Unable to obtain law school financing [...]

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The Crafty Craigman

What self-proclaimed frugal nut isn’t a fan of free? From time to time, I like to see what’s available – for free – on Craigslist and Freecycle. Last Tuesday, I felt like doing a little “shopping” on Craigslist. Crest Whitestrips were the first product listed under the free category. This was welcome news since I’ve [...]

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