Today’s Lesson: Take a Guaranteed 20+% Return

Last week, I got a haircut. Nothing exciting there… many people do that on a typical day. Sometimes there are very interesting personal finance lessons hiding in the most mundane activities. This was one such case. I noticed that place I get my haircut, Supercuts was running a promotion: 4 haircuts for $50 via a […]

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How to Sell Yourself Without Sounding Like a Braggart

One of the biggest problems I have in my freelance career is selling myself. First of all, I have a problem with impostor syndrome. But the other issue is that I’m unsure of how to talk myself up without sounding like an arrogant braggart. No one likes a braggart, but, at the same time, when […]

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How to Have Fun with Food and Save Money Too

I’m sure you have heard that old line, “Don’t play with your food.” As much as parents may often try to get their kids to stop playing with the foods on their plates and just eat, the kids somewhat have it right. Food is fun, and eating can be a really enjoyable fun experience. Many [...]

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Invest in Yourself?

This is a phrase that I’ve heard a few times over the past few weeks. It comes in different forms, but that’s what it essentially amounts to. Perhaps not so surprisingly, it has come from people with a vested interest in making that “investment.” It’s made me think, are these investments really worthwhile? Over the […]

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Smith Manoeuvre/Dividend Portfolio – Q2 2014 Update

For those of you just joining us, listed below is my portfolio that is leveraged with money borrowed from my home equity line of credit (HELOC). As the money borrowed is used to invest, the interest charged is tax deductible. I started this portfolio in 2008 (at the height of the market) and write updates every […]

US Bank START Savings $100 Sign Up Bonus

When I highlighted the new US Bank Checking $150 Sign Up Bonus I mentioned that the bonus offer also qualified for the START rewards program. The START program has its own bonus though, so we’re featuring it as our Free Money Friday offer this week. How to Get Your $100 Sign Up Bonus Open a [...]

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MLM, Utah Attorneys General, and Bribery

I really don’t like to talk about politics. If there’s one thing I avoid it’s that. Or maybe it’s religion. People have such strong views that I think things natural turn to debate, where there’s never an agreement on a “right” answer. It’s a little like a Denver Broncos fan trying to convince that I […]

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This Month’s Most Popular Finance Tips: July

This month we featured how to get rid of your student loans (without actually paying them off), municipal bond benefits, saving at the grocery store, a review of Quicken, insurance scams and cheap vacation ideas. If you missed the most popular finance tips this month, here’s a quick overview: This Month’s Most Popular Tips: July [...]

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Monster House Returns!

That title is extremely similar to the subject line I sent my wife last week… and that’s not a good thing. Almost three and a half years ago, I wrote about buying a vacation/retirement home. It was a multi-part series where I went in depth about all the houses we were looking at, and most […]

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How to Cut Your Losses Selling on Amazon

Once you’ve been at the Amazon business for more than a year, you’ll probably have some duds sitting in the warehouse. Sometimes I buy junk. Sometimes popular products lose their popularity and you end up with leftover items. It’s ok. It’s part of the business model. Maximize Profits and Minimize Expenses Just like any business [...]

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Save Money by Not Using So Much

I love when my wife has an idea for an article. Often, I feel like I get too caught up in a particular topic and the fresh ideas challenge me to think a little differently. Today’s article is the fruit of her idea. My wife mentioned that many people are wasteful… and it often isn’t […]

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New Floating Rate Notes to Protect Against Rising Interest Rates

Have you heard of the new debt instrument the Treasury Department issued earlier this year? It is called the two year floating rate note. You may be wondering why the Treasury is issuing a new instrument now. The answer lies in the fact that it is still pumping money into the economy to right the [...]

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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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