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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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A $5 Checking Account Fee? Uh-Uh

Recently, Wells Fargo notified me of changes to my account. I’d have to pay a $5 monthly fee on my checking account if the balance dipped below $300. I think I would’ve avoided the fee if I signed up for an automatic savings or direct deposit plan. Honestly, I can’t remember exactly. It’s not important. [...]

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Let’s Put an End to Pretending

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Companies spend a lot of money to convince you their products are worth more than they really are. And you believe ‘em. Quite frankly, your naiveté is starting to bug me. Mostly because you waste money on perceived, yet nonexistent, value. But also because people like you look down on me. By now you’re probably [...]

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How to Make Razor Blades Last Longer {Video}

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Have you seen how expensive razor blades are these days? They’re so valuable, you’ll find them behind a locked case in many stores. I guess patrons really enjoy stealing them. Like anything, the longer your razor blades last, the more money you’ll save. There’s an easy way to extend the life of these pricey tools: [...]

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How Do I Get Out of Credit Card Debt?

With the exception of a payday loan, credit card debt is probably the most expensive money you’ll borrow. Which is why you should get rid of it as quickly as possible. After your credit card balances are zero (or you at least pay them off every month), you can do fun stuff like beef up your [...]

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Financial Wisdom From Southern Sayings

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Today, I pay homage to my southern roots by going over some of the common sayings I heard growing up. I gathered a few of my faves, translated them, and loosely related them to personal finance. I did my best to keep this post relevant to money, but I won’t make any promises. Saying: Ain’t got [...]

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Spend Money Now, Save Money Later (Or Not)

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All forms of savings don’t happen instantly. Occasionally, you have to spend money to save money. Presumably, you’re a savvy shopper. So I don’t need to tell you how low quality merchandise can end up costing more money than a well made alternative. What I’m referring to is a bit more nuanced. Renting vs Owning [...]

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The Dark Side of Money {Video}

Money is not the root of all evil. Considering the amount of time I spend thinking about it and writing about it, I must think money is pretty awesome. However, when cash is readily available—whether it belongs to you or someone else—it’s easy to become not only physically, but intellectually lazy. In order to achieve the best [...]

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Happiness in the Small Things

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Before I began to manage my finances wisely, I used to look for joy in material items. To curb the onset of boredom, I’d entertain myself with unnecessary shopping trips to Target, Barnes & Noble, and Pier 1 Imports. For fun, I wasted money on stuff I didn’t need. How stupid is that? Soon, I [...]

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Race to the Middle: Forget the Stars, Reach for the Clouds

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Despite what you heard, we were not all created equally. In almost every respect there’s someone who’s—dare I say it—more amazing than you. She’s prettier, funnier, and smarter. Her husband is faithful, and her kids don’t snort bath salts. So embrace inferiority and move on. I’m not trying to make you feel bad. I just [...]

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Auto Loan Refinancing with Balance Transfers

For anyone struggling to get rid of quick cash loans, a 0% APR balance transfer offer can look like a godsend. If one creditor is ripping you off, you may be tempted to race to the seemingly safe embrace of another. After all, the new guy promises to behave, in writing, for a set time [...]

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