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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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Set Up Alerts and Monitor Your Bank Accounts {Video}

If you don’t check your bank and credit card account activity regularly, you might miss erroneous or downright fraudulent charges on your account. A few years ago, I’d log in to my accounts every day just to say “Hi” to my money. You know, and see what it was up to. Any suspicious charges were [...]

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Innovative Money Saving Tips

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  With the recession showing few signs of abating, more and more people are being forced to tighten their belts. That said, there are lots of things you can do to save money without having to sacrifice any essentials. One of the most effective ways to save money is to change your bank account to [...]

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The Rent vs. Buy Debate: Why Renting Makes Sense

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For years I’ve proudly rejected home ownership. My argument goes something like this . . . Real property is an illiquid asset that’s expensive to buy, sell, and own. Though some people garner good returns from leveraged real estate, many ultimately land in bankruptcy. That’s what happens when you have too much debt and too [...]

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$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Complete Short Survey for a Chance to Win

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In order to deliver enormous value to my readers, I need to know what’s important to you. I have an idea of what you want to learn and what you need to learn, but I don’t know for sure. So, instead of droning on about unimportant foolishness every week, I’m asking, “When it comes to [...]

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How to Get a Promotion {Video}

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When you set out to get your finances under control, save for an emergency fund, get out of debt, etc., it’s easy to focus on reducing your expenses. It makes perfect sense. Immediately, you can decide to spend less money. Earning more money is another matter altogether. Increasing your income, generally, takes time. And that’s [...]

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The Wealth Number Challenge: How Much Do You Need to Save for Retirement?

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If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. ~ Lewis Carroll According to the 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey, fewer than half of U.S. workers have tried to calculate how much money they’ll need to retire. Un . . . ac . . . cept . . . a . . [...]

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7 Non-Extreme Ways to Slash Your Restaurant Bill

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“STOP EATING OUT!” Due to the popularity of this advice, I assume it works for many people. But what if you enjoy great food prepared by someone else’s hands in someone else’s kitchen with someone else’s dishes? Perhaps you can afford to pay for a few modest luxuries and still save money. If you’re like me, [...]

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Good Debt: Does Such a Thing Exist?

For years I believed there were three types of good debt: student loans to pay for a college education, a mortgage to buy a primary residence, and a loan to start or expand a business. Seems logical, right? On average, college graduates out earn those who only obtain a high school diploma. Home buyers build wealth and [...]

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Check Your Credit Score Online for Free: Credit Karma Review

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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 report. Lenders use [...]

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June 2012 Roundup: The Affordable Care Act and Other Trivial Matters

Health care in the United States is ridiculously expensive. Oh, and despite what you heard, it’s not the best in the world. (Although, if you’re diagnosed with cancer, the United States is probably where you want to be.) So, it looks like the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. I don’t know about you, but I’m [...]

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