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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The Triple Benefit of Municipal Bonds

With the volatility of the stock market and low interest rates, many investors are looking for ways to earn a decent return on their money and also keep their principal safe. While it is common knowledge that you cannot earn a high return unless you take on a higher risk, you can still earn a [...]

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5 Overlooked Low Cost Vacation Ideas

Summer is here and for many, that means getting away for a week and going on vacation. But let’s face it, vacations can cost a lot of money. What if you are living on a budget and don’t want to hand over all of your hard earned money just to get away? You could save [...]

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Amazon Fire Phone and Impulse Buying

A few weeks back, Amazon released its Fire Phone, their first cell phone. The most notable feature on the phone is called the Firefly button. I was sad to learn that it wasn’t a button that launches the most excellent television show. Instead it performs the much less interesting function: “Quickly identify printed web and […]

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How to Get Rid of Your Student Loans (Without Paying Them Off)

You’ve probably heard it said a million times before that your student loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. Everyone is basically stuck with them no matter what happens later in your life (which is ample motivation to pay them off as quickly as possible). In fact, I paid off my student loans just five years [...]

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Team MDJ – The Wealth Builders – Vote for your Favorite!

Since proposing the concept of reader-based net worth updates, my email inbox has been non stop!  I’m happy to see so many readers interested in sharing their story with others and being held publicly accountable for their financial goals.  Initially, I wrote that the team would consist of 3-4 members, but I have decided to […]

Elevator Pitch: Make Better Career Connections

One of the essentials when it comes to finding a new job or advancing your career is the connections you make. Networking is an important part of career advancement, no matter what stage you are at. In fact, even when you are self-employed, it’s important to learn how to effectively network and connect with others. […]

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More Money, More Life

Some days I feel like I write too much about money. Then I read something in the news that makes me feel like I couldn’t possibly write enough about money. This article in Aeon magazine is a great example: Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will […]

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