Is a Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Taxable?

We featured How to Find Class Action Settlements That Owe You Money last week to help you find current settlements you might be eligible for. I’ve had some luck with class action lawsuits in the past. As each post-card sized, class action plea comes in the mail, I fill it out and send it in. [...]

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Does Anyone Understand Cell Phone Family Plans?

If you asked me this question a few years ago, I feel like my answer would be a clear yes. It seemed relatively simple. Split a bucket of minutes and data amongst your family and pay a price and be done. Every couple of years, each person could get a new subsidized phone. Financially, I […]

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How to Save Money When You Go Away to College

Whether you or your child is headed to college for the first time this Fall or you’re going back for another semester, you know it’s going to be costly. It doesn’t have to be hard to save money in college. Here are some simple tips to save on your college checklist: Photo Credit: Rupert Ganzer [...]

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Ask the Readers: Best Place to Invest Around $1000?

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about whether I should invest my babies’ money. I think the general consensus was that I should, especially because I’ll personally make up for any losses. (Don’t you wish all investing companies were as cool as me?) So the question then becomes, where do I invest the […]

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Can You Keep Your House When You Lose Your Job?

One of the scariest things about losing your job is trying to figure out what you will do about your living arrangements. After all, if you have a mortgage and lose your job, it might make it difficult to keep up with your payments. Whether or not it is practical to keep your home after […]

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8 Tricks You Should Learn From Extreme Couponers

If you’ve read my article on 10 TV shows to watch to save money, you might have jumped on board with watching Extreme Couponing. The show is based on coupon lovers who don’t just save a few bucks, but they save hundreds with coupons. Even if you aren’t interested in going to the extreme, here [...]

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Lending Club Update (August 2014)

As regular readers know, I’ve been posting my Lending Club updates for years now. At the start of 2011, I was making a 4.78% return on my ultra conservative loans. I started to mix in more risk and it moved up to 5.90% by March and 6.42% by May. Three years later, I gave my […]

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The Smith Manoeuvre Resource

Over the past year so, MDJ has posted many articles on the topic of using a HELOC to invest in equities aka: The Smith Manoeuvre. As I’ve been receiving quite a number of emails regarding the Smith Manoeuvre lately, this article compiles all the posts into a single Smith Manoeuvre Resource. Hopefully, you’ll find it […]

Goodbye Robin

Sometimes is it worthwhile to take a break from person finance. There are so many wonderful things in this universe and it’s quite possible that money is the most boring of all them. As everyone knows by now,

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How to Find Class Action Settlements That Owe You Money

Do you ever read through some of the Class Action notices you get in the mail? Many times if you fill out the forms, you’re entitled to a cash settlement. However, there are more settlements out there than just the ones that have to mail you a form. We’re featuring class action settlements as our [...]

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Questions to Ask Your Landlord Before You Sign the Lease

If you’re going to be renting an apartment or home, it isn’t something to just jump into. Before signing the lease, there are many things you need to learn about your potential home that can impact your finances along with your quality of life. Here are questions to ask your landlord before signing the lease: [...]

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Thoughts on Raising a Tennis Star

I just realized that title is really confusing. My oldest child isn’t even two. (Not to mention that his parents admit to not being athletically gifted.) I’m referring to another article in the August 2014 issue of Money Magazine. It’s a slightly differently worded version by the same author of What It Costs to Raise […]

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5 Surprising Things Your Homeowner’s Insurance Won’t Cover

To be quite honest, I never used to know what our homeowner’s insurance actually covered. We were in the midst of buying our first home in 2009, and I only knew that I had to have it. Because of the time crunch (once we had found the home we wanted), we did not even take [...]

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To Sell or Rent a Home?

By the end of this month, you’ll likely conclude that I get a lot of mileage out of Money Magazine. Today, I want to highlight a question from their Ask The Expert column from their August 2014 issue. Specifically the question is here: I greatly respect Brandon Turner of Bigger Pockets and the community of […]

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Traveling Overseas? Check out these Health-related Tips!

Overseas travel is a favorite pastime and/or goal for many people. Travel can provide a new experience through the chance to see great landscapes and monuments and meet new people and learn their culture, not to mention temporary relief from the monotony of everyday life. However, it is vital that a traveler stays healthy to […]

Tiny House Nation – The Best Show You Aren’t Watching

Back in September of 2007 when people blogged on stone slates, I wrote an article, Get Rich by Thinking Small, that covers the idea how living in a very tiny house could jump start you to financial freedom. The idea is that living small has fewer expenses. You don’t require as much land. It has […]

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End of Summer Checklist for the College Bound

The first summer after high school and on your way to college is definitely one to remember. You can look back at your high school years – either fondly or just happy to be done with them, while also being excited about college and everything that lies ahead. While you’ve probably focused on having a [...]

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Career Path

Your career is likely to take up a large amount of time. A “traditional” job often accounts for eight hours of your day, which means that you spend up to 1/3 of your life with your career. When you think about how much time you spend with your career, it makes sense to consider a […]

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Lifestyle Inflation Cure: Real Estate Investing

A couple of weeks ago, when I wrote about Approaching a Net Worth Milestone, I got a great comment by Big-D: “I find that as I hit milestones, and surpassed them, they meant not as much to me as I thought they would. The issue with Net Worth is that it is kind of like […]

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4 Purchases That Cost You More Than You Think

How do you determine you are going to make a purchase? Do you simply look at the price? Maybe you compare the price to other stores or patiently wait until an item goes on sale. No matter what great of a deal you find or what kind of bargain you are getting, there is one [...]

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Is Nerium a Scam?

Welcome to another MLM Friday. One of these days, I’m going to slip in some of my typical personal finance content just to keep you on your toes. People have been asking me about Nerium since November of 2011. Specifically Jeff Flanzer of Ojai, CA wrote me as he became a distributor citing the integrity […]

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Santander $20/Month Bonus

Santander is offering you a bonus of $20 per month when you use their direct deposit and bill pay features on a Santander checking and savings account. It’s Free Money Friday and the Santander offer is easy since you can automate it and it will keep repeating! How to Get Your $20 per Month Sign [...]

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10 Summer Memories to Make Without Leaving the Comfort of Your Home

The funny thing about memories is that you don’t need to spend lots of money or go to lots of far places to make them. In fact, some of the best memories can be made right in your own backyard! The most important thing is to be fully engaged in any activity that you pursue, [...]

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Net Worth and College Savings

A couple of weeks ago, I put out an article explaining that our family was approaching a net worth milestone. My key takeaway, was that it was just a number, like any other number. One commenter mentioned how he had a similar situation, but most of his money was in the form of real estate […]

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12 Ways to Save On Back To School Supplies For Kids

Back to school can come as a relief to some parents who are exhausted from an eventful summer. But on the other hand, back to school means an extra cost for stocking up on supplies and clothes for the next year. This expense may not come at the best time since it seems like you’re [...]

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