To Invest or Not To Invest the Baby Money

I was reading My Journey to Millions last week and the topic of children accounts came up. Currently the kids, ages 21 months and 6 months, have savings accounts for money that was gifted by family and friends. It isn’t a ton of money, but it adds up. Obviously, it made sense to get them […]

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How Early Retirement Could Mean Higher Medical Bills

Many of us like the idea of early retirement. We have visions of relaxing on a beach somewhere, enjoying our money. However, this might not be the case when you retire early. In fact, early retirement could actually result in higher medical bills. According to a recent study reported on CNN Money, retiring at age […]

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thoughts on, once again, losing 100 pounds

If you’ve come to brip blap via search, you probably landed on one of a few pages: How to make money without a job is still popular, and 25 quotes on ambition spikes up all the time. However, one post is far and away, the most popular: 101 thoughts on losing 100 pounds. I wrote […]

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3 Basic Rules to Be a Budget Friendly Cook

Finding ways to save money on food is on every budget conscious person’s mind, and rightfully so. Eating and drinking is something we have to budget for on a daily basis, and it can significantly add up if you’re not thinking about it. The first tip people generally give to save money on food is [...]

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Approaching a Net Worth Milestone

It’s been a number of years since I revealed my net worth. I’ve still been tracking it, but instead of doing it once a month, it is more or less once a quarter. One could argue that I should get in the habit of doing it on a specific date. That would allow me to […]

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5 Key Philosophies for Long Term Investing Success

Over the years, I have received a number of emails from people just starting their investing journey on how to invest.  More often than not, beginners ask which stocks they should buy.  There is much more to investing than just picking stocks.  In fact, I believe that starting out with individual stocks is a mistake […]

US Bank Checking $150 Sign Up Bonus

US Bank is running a summer promotion for a $150 sign up bonus on their checking account. As part of the promotion, you can win a Tesla Model S or $100,000. Even though giveaways are fun, we’ll focus on the $150 bonus since everyone can get it as our Free Money Friday offer this week. [...]

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Is Kangen Water a Scam?

Today’s MLM question is about Enagic’s Kangen Water. I first got an email about this back in late December of 2011. Due to the Christmas holiday, I missed the email. Since then I’ve steadily gotten questions about it every 6 months or so. Each time, I got a question, I thought I should write an […]

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How to Find Coupons for Groceries

While watching Extreme Couponers one day, I was amazed at the amount of coupons they always have. Since I felt like I rarely come across that abundance of coupons, I decided to start making more of an effort to find coupons to save more money on my grocery bill. How to Find Coupons for Groceries [...]

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There Is No Today

Last week, I woke up and I had a most unusual “first thought.” There was no “today.” I thought this because I sometimes play Devil’s Advocate with myself. I try to see if I can convince myself of the opposite thought. The opposite of “today” is “no today”, right? Now obviously the day existed and […]

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Starting a Business

This is the part of our 2003 update. This update I am doing a little bit different than our 2002 update.  I am breaking it up into several consecutive posts and the last post will have the net worth update for 2003 followed by a glance at our 2003 budget. By doing it this way […]

The Genius of Weird Al Yankovic

For those who haven’t been disconnected from the world over the last couple of weeks, “Weird” Al Yankovic has been busy promoting his new album Mandatory Fun. It’s an ingenious promotional campaign where he put out new videos every day for over over a week. Personally, the last thing I remember from him is Amish […]

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Pay Less for School Supplies on the 2014 Tax Free Weekends

The 2014 state sales tax holidays are almost here! If you’re lucky, your state will encourage you to shop on specific days this summer to avoid paying sales tax. The tax free weekends and sales tax holidays vary by state, but many are having the 2014 tax free weekend the first weekend in August for [...]

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Motif Investing Review to Earn $150 Sign Up Bonus

I just finished opening my new Motif Investing account to take advantage of the Motif Investing $150 Sign Up Bonus. Here’s an overview of how it went and how Motif Investing is different than the other online discount brokers we’ve reviewed. Motif Investing Review What is a Motif? A Motif is a portfolio of stocks [...]

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Making Money in the Sharing Economy

You may have heard the term sharing economy over the last few years. It can mean a lot of different things to different people, but I’ve come to use as a set-up start-up companies that allow you to rent resources that you aren’t currently using to others. Perhaps one of the most popular examples of […]

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How to Figure Out the Right Career for You

Many of us don’t want a career that is “just” a job. Instead, many of us like the idea of fitting a career into a lifestyle. If you are tired of taking whatever job comes your way, here is what you can do to change things up and figure out which career is best for […]

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5 Practical Wedding Tips from the Tightwad Gazette

Amy Dacyczyn allowed her creative juices to flow when it came to frugal living. She began a newsletter, called The Tightwad Gazette, in 1990 and ran it until late December 1996. Her name became synonymous with frugality, cheap living, and being a tightwad, and her books have lived on (and probably will continue to do [...]

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Is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited A Good Deal?

Amazon has just announced a new service, Kindle Unlimited.  For $10 per month, you get access to 600,000 books and 2000 audio books.  Is this a good deal? Well, first of all, in classic Amazon style, there’s a free 30 day trial.  Give it a spin and if you don’t like it, just cancel. What’s included […]

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Building your “Forever Money” Portfolio

One of my “money philosophies” is to focus on nurturing the goose that lays the golden eggs.  In this parable, a farmer had a goose who laid a golden egg on a daily basis.  The eggs were valuable and allowed the farmer to live a modest, but fullfilling, lifestyle. Even though life was good, the […]

When I Realized I Needed Life Insurance and Some Helpful Tips

There are a lot of key moments in life. When you met that special person and know that she’s the one. When you actually ask her to start her life with you. When you buy your first home. Then there’s the first time you realize that you need life insurance. For me, and many others, […]

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Amazon Store Card $10-$20 Sign Up Bonus

We have covered the Amazon Visa credit card $30 Sign Up Bonus before. I just noticed an alternative, the Amazon Store card with its own sign up bonus. The bonus is our Free Money Friday offer this week. How to Get Your $10 Sign Up Bonus Open a new Amazon Store card. A $10 Amazon.com [...]

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WorldVentures and MLM Lawsuits

Earlier this week I was alerted by my friend Amthrax about MLM company, WorldVentures, threatening a blogger. The target of the threat was Stephanie Yoder who writes a travel blog called Twenty-Something Travel. She was approached by an independent distributor for WorldVentures and wrote an article giving her opinion of it: WorldVentures: This is NOT […]

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Staycations, Value Premium, Barbecue Menus, Living Debt-free, and more!

This is a good article from the archives about the basics of insurance (scroll down to the bottom of the article for a free e-book on the topic). Time spent in an exotic land need not be the only way to seek pleasure. My Own Advisor lists Why Staycations Are Worth It. Personal growth, even if […]

Should You Leave Money to Your Kids?

Let’s pretend for a minute that you are a rich celebrity with millions and millions of dollars. Would you leave the money to your children? Sting says he won’t in this article. Specifically Sting says: “I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. […]

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How to Rehabilitate a Federal Student Loan

In life, there are few do-overs. Most of the time when you mess something up, it is what it is and you have to move on. But sometimes – and these times are wonderful – there is a way to sort of erase the bad that happened because of a mistake you knowingly or unknowingly [...]

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