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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 Prevent Identity Theft

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If you have a clean criminal background and a good credit history, you want to keep it that way. Meanwhile, criminals aim to steal your identity, use it to get credit cards, swindle the IRS out of tax refunds, and let you handle the consequences. Dealing with identity theft is costly and time-consuming. According to [...]

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BlogHer ’12 – Swag, Swag, and More Swag

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This past weekend, I ascended upon New York City to attend BlogHer ’12. I set out to accomplish one goal: recoup my registration fees in complimentary swag. I warmed up slowly. On day one of the conference, I circled the expo center with dignity and discipline, refusing to sample the Michael Angelo’s pasta because “It [...]

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The Anti-Social Guide to Selling Your Stuff

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Sometimes you just wanna sell your things with no hassle, no haggle, and little to no human interaction. Craigslist, flea markets, yard sales, even eBay are some of the most frequently used methods of selling your stuff. Unfortunately, they’re not necessarily for the lazy, busy, or uninterested, but these methods are. Gazelle Turn your old [...]

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Changing Jobs? Why Cashing Out Your 401(k) Could Be a Costly Mistake

Employer-sponsored retirement plans, including 401(k)s, have made it easier than ever for employees to save for retirement. These types of retirement plans are particularly attractive since many employers offer matching contributions. While past generations relied on pensions to fund their retirement, current and future generations of American workers will be largely dependent on their own [...]

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Will You Owe a Tax Penalty Under the Affordable Care Act?

I am SO tired of hearing that President Obama is secretly Beelzebub’s half-Asian, younger brother and that Mitt Romney’s sideburns aren’t real. It’s sickening! Enough with the pointless distractions. Real issues haunt the United States: The stubbornly high unemployment rate The staggering national debt The ridiculously expensive health care system Since our elected leaders have [...]

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Would You Accept Food Stamps If You Didn’t Need Them?

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Have you ever applied for food stamps? I have . . . twice. Once as a sophomore in college eleven years ago and again as a budding entrepreneur, um, about a week ago. Currently, my income is . . . how should I put this? Modest. If that old Michigan dude qualified for food stamps AFTER [...]

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Success Story: How to Ask for a Raise and Get It

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If you want to boost your savings, you have several options: increase cash inflows, decrease cash outflows, or both. Most people gravitate toward cutting expenses. Usually, you can nix wasteful spending right away. On the other hand, raking in more dough takes time, it takes effort, and for some, it takes GetRaised.com. GetRaised.com is a [...]

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Where to Put Your Emergency Fund . . . Specifically

Last week we discussed the importance of not only having an emergency fund, but also keeping it easily accessible.  Although we kicked around the idea of hiding a few bucks inside the home, the underbelly of your mattress is not a safe place for large sums of cash. So today, I want to talk about [...]

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Food Fiction

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Although I fry more food in bacon fat than I care to admit, my pantry stays stocked with heart healthy olive oil. Medical professionals have long touted the benefits of consuming monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like the ones found in olive oil. Which is why, every few months, through gritted teeth, I drop eight whole American dollars [...]

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Where Should You Put Your Emergency Fund?

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A couple of weeks ago, a cluster of angry thunderstorms tore through the DC area. They seriously disrupted our lives. Trees crashed onto parked cars, area restaurants shut down, and residents rushed local gas stations for fuel and ice. I was without power for two long, hot, one hundred degree days. My neighbors were without electricity [...]

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