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 [...]

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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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How to Get a Free Trial from Netflix

Adrienne mentioned in How to Get Rid of Cable and Still Watch TV that they picked up a subscription to Netflix. Meanwhile I’ve heard from countless friends that their new favorite shows are House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. However, since they are Netflix original series you can’t watch them without a [...]

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Cable TV Boxes: The Sneaky Power Hog

One of the most surprising things I’ve learned in the past few years is that cable boxes require a ton of electricity. (That statement came out sadder than I intended it to.) I was reminded of this recently by a great story in the LA Times. The small boxes can use as much as $8 […]

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No Load versus Load Mutual Funds: What You Need To Know

Investing in mutual funds can be a challenge when you take into account the fees that are associated with them. As time has passed, some mutual funds have become very sneaky in how they charge you fees. I say sneaky for two reasons: First, they will claim that the fund doesn’t charge a fee when [...]

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Dehydrating Food Revisited

Last week, I was in my basement digging for something and I came across my food dehydrator. If you have some kind of freaky memory, you may remember that I wrote Dehydrating Fruit for Fun… and Profit? last year. My conclusion was that it was a little bit of fun, and not that much profit. […]

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Negotiating Pay: Don’t Forget the Soft Benefits!

One of the most stressful aspects of the job search is the salary negotiation. However, it is often a necessary part of the job search. Trying to come to an equitable agreement with a company is important. On the one hand, you don’t want a company to decide you’re too expensive and decide not to […]

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How I Became a Used Car Dealer, for a little while

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

5 More Tips To Save At The Grocery Store

Saving money on food is a tough task since it’s a huge part of each day. While you may have reduced going out to eat at restaurants or stopped or limited fast food to save money, there is still the grocery bill to battle. Grocery bills can add up fast and be quite large, but [...]

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Weird –> Rich + Happy

When I was growing up, everyone strove to be “normal.” If you weren’t “normal”, you got beat-up or you didn’t get to hang out with the cool kids. It seems like being different is much more popular today. How else could you explain Lady Gaga’s success? Or maybe I feel it is more popular because […]

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Why You Should Think Twice about a Mortgage with the Big Banks

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’re renewing your mortgage, it’s important to shop the market for the best mortgage rate. The days of most homeowners strolling down to their local bank branch to obtain a mortgage may be numbered. The share of new mortgages obtained through banks is dwindling. 42 per cent of all […]

Is WakeUpNow a Scam?

A few weeks ago, I had someone ask me what I thought about the MLM, WakeUpNow. Actually, Bill Kutras asked me about it in August of 2012. Two months earlier Russell Birtwistle tried to sell me on how it was “going to be a billion dollar company quickly.” I wasn’t very interested in looking at […]

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Capital One Venture 40,000 Mile Sign Up Bonus

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is currently offering a 40,000 bonus mile sign up bonus. The bonus is our Free Money Friday offer this week! How to Get Your Sign Up Bonus Open a new Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. Spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months. Earn 40,000 bonus [...]

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Government Grants and Financing for Businesses – II

The first part of this series looked at some of the government grants/funding available to businesses across Canada. This second and final part of the series will cover a few more nationwide programs available for different industries. There is a link at the end of the article that provides the full list of programs and […]

How To Survive a Market Correction

Sometimes when I read a title or headline of an article in a financial magazine, I think about what I’d write if tasked to write the article. The August 2014 of Kiplinger’s Magazine has a title across the top that says, “How To Survive a Stock Market Downturn.” My reaction was to write the second […]

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