Creative and Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, many guys are scrambling to find that perfect gift. Many will rely on the old standby of roses and chocolate. But I encourage you to do something different. Take some time to put some thought and effort into your gift this year and show your Valentine you really care. Below […]

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Hedgeable Ushers in Digital Asset Manager 2.0

Last year, robo-advisors came on in a big way. What’s a robo-advisor? Glad you asked. According to Wikipedia a robo-advisors is “a class of financial adviser that provides portfolio management online with minimal human intervention.” They fit in-between the two extremes of do it yourself investing and having a financial advisor. They take a small […]

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Cut Medical Bills With a Hospital Billing Negotiator

Have you ever received a great, big, ugly bill for services rendered from a hospital or other healthcare provider? This can happen to just about anyone, whether or not you have health insurance. When a bill of this size comes in, you can sometimes get it cut by using the services of a hospital billing […]

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Best Places to Sell Your Stuff to Make Quick Cash

I am not a fan of clutter. In fact, I have a rule for myself that every time I buy a new shirt or pair of pants, I have to get rid of an old pair. Still, I do find other things lying around the house, unused. For example I had an old home theater […]

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The Easiest Index ETF Portfolios for Each Discount Brokerage

Last week, I wrote about the easiest, cheapest, and perhaps even the best way to invest with your bank mutual funds.  That type of investment strategy is best for those who have no interest in opening a discount brokerage account of their own, regardless of the savings.  However, a lot of you are willing to […]

Perhaps one of the Best Weeks Ever (and a Screaming Deal on a New PC)

It was Thursday morning around 10AM when I had the thought, “Everything is coming up Lazy Man this week! Maybe things are just going too good?” Two weeks ago, things hadn’t been as good. We had two feet of snow. Some people get snow days, but the blogging world doesn’t stop. I had just started […]

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$25 Amazon Gift Card from ExxonMobil

It’s Free Money Friday! The Speedpass+ app is the latest technology to pay at the pump. To try it out, ExxonMobil is offering a $25 Amazon gift card. This is perfect timing since we’re traveling this week. I downloaded the app and we are ready to try out the Speedpass+ app! Hopefully, it will be […]

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US Airlines Scam

Last November, I got an interesting letter in the mail. It had no return address, which I always consider a little fishy. I opened it up to find that US Airlines has given me two free tickets to fly anywhere in the United States. You can see the letter here, but I’ll quote it for […]

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Save Money on Valentine’s Day

[You might have read this article in the past, but frugal Valentine’s Days ideas are timeless. Though I’ve purposely kept some old references which gives the article a retro “feel” to it. Use this as a good reminder to get prepared now. If you wait until the last minute you might get caught having to […]

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

A credit score is an important three digit code that can impact your financial life. If you have a score that needs a lift, here are five ways to improve your score today. (Photo Credit: Simon Cunningham/Flickr) Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Check your credit report. The first step is to check your credit […]

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Sometimes, Luxury is the Most Financially Sound Option

[Today’s article comes from a new author, Megan Sullivan. She’s got a different perspective on personal finance, that I don’t necessary subscribe to, but I thought it was worth exploring. It’s probably because I’ve got two small kids, but I’d certainly value a couple of trips to Applebee’s. You’ll see what I mean in the […]

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Skint to Mint: How We Messed Up Our Finances and Came Out on Top

[The following is a guest post from Maria Nedeva, owner of The Money Principle. I met her at Fincon a couple of years ago and we just hit it off. She’s the proverbial smartest person in the room, so I knew she was going to deliver an awesome guest post. When I read it, I […]

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Should You Let Your Family and Friends Know About Your Debt Struggles?

This is a touchy subject – it’s easy making a case for keeping personal debt problems secret from your family and friends. But let’s take the opposite side of that debate – should you let your family and friends know about your debt problems? Despite the problems that are inherent in sharing negative information about yourself […]

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8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s

When I graduated, I was thrilled to be done with college, start working, and move on. Then, a few months down the road, I got my first student loan bill. And suddenly all of the loans I took out over the past several years for tuition and living expenses were very real. Taking out too […]

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Easy Index Mutual Fund Portfolios with the Big Banks

Over the years while helping readers, friends, and co-workers with investing, I’ve come to the conclusion that convenience is of the highest priority, even if it means paying higher fees.  Most people simply want to stick with their current banking institution and have no interest in opening a discount brokerage of their own. Having said […]

The Epic Super Bowl Analysis Guide

Tomorrow is the Super Bowl. For many, that means some great commercials. For fans of football, it’s billed as possibly the closest match-up in the history of Super Bowls. For fans of two geographic regions, there’s a little more on the line. If you look at geographic map of NFL teams there’s no franchise close […]

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Is Yevo a Scam?

Back in October, 2014 I wrote an article: How To Start a $500 Million Company the Easy Way. It was meant to be satire of the MLM/Pyramid schemes out there. I outlined how they worked and how you could pull off the same scam with misinformation. So imagine my surprise when a friend wrote me […]

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Free $10 Amazon Gift Card from Personal Capital

The sign up bonus from Personal Capital is back! Their new sign up bonus is for a $10 Amazon gift card. This is a very easy bonus, the sign up took less than five minutes from start to finish. It’s our quick and easy Free Money Friday offer. How to Get Your Sign Up Bonus […]

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Aeroplan Bonus, Death and Taxes, Comparing Net Worth, Caring for Others and more!

For Aeroplan fans, TD has brought back their 25,000 Aeroplan points bonus (and no annual fee for first year) when you sign up for their Aeroplan credit card. More details here. The Retire Happy blog discussed about Four Financial Numbers You Really Need To Know. The Blunt Bean Counter had a post about The Two […]

Setting Goals for 2015

There’s some irony in sitting down to write this article on the morning of January 29th. I had hoped to have it done a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully that’s not an indication on how my goals are going to go this year. I’ve thought long about how I set goals every year just to […]

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This Month’s Most Popular Finance Tips: January

This month our favorite finance discussion topics were how to save money on food, have a life on a budget, improve your finances, questions to ask yourself, when to file taxes, a DirecTV deal, and how to get a free membership to Jet. If you missed the most popular finance tips this month, here’s a […]

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So You Have a Huge Student Loan (Like Me), Here Are Your Options

[Editor’s Note: I’m still shoveling out of two feet of snow, so today we have a guest post from Grant Biles, the co-founder of Gradible. The company helps people on how to eliminate student loan debt. The following is his guide on what students can do to pay off their loans. I’m often offered guest […]

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2015 Chase Freedom Rewards Calendar

Each quarter I put together a list of the 5% cash back on rotating categories. If you have flexibility with the timing of your purchase and you know the purchase category will be on the list for a future quarter, you might want to hold off on your purchase until you can get 5% cash […]

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Do Your Kids Need to File Taxes?

Usually filing taxes for the kids is an afterthought. Only after people scramble to finish filing in time for the tax deadline do they realize they didn’t even think about the kids. Let’s put in on the radar earlier this year. Will you remember to file taxes for your kids? If your kids earn interest […]

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Five Alternatives to Raiding Your Retirement Savings Early

Every year thousands of people raid their retirement savings early. It could be to get out of debt, to cover living expenses during a time of unemployment, to deal with a medical crisis, or even help a family member in trouble. While the reasons for doing so may be perfectly noble, it’s best to consider […]

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