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Five Ways to Steal Back an Hour a Day

What would you do with another hour in the day—get a good night’s sleep for once, organize your workspace, update your resume? Bottom line, if you had more time, your personal life isn’t the only thing that would benefit. Eventually, with more rest and time to focus on the stuff that really matters, your career […]

How to Celebrate a Child’s Birthday Without Breaking the Bank

This past weekend, my daughter celebrated her birthday in a relatively quiet and subdued fashion. Some of her friends who have reached the same age (my daughter is the youngest in her social group) have had extravagant birthday parties with tons of gifts. Our daughter, on the other hand, celebrated her birthday differently, one that […]

Ten Useful Strategies for Learning Financial Self-Control

If you’re anything like me, you’re incredibly tempted several times a day to spend money on something that you don’t really need. Maybe it’s a bottle of Gatorade at the convenience store or out of a vending machine. Maybe it’s an online purchase. Maybe it’s another $5 in tokens for whatever your favorite mobile game […]

Questions About Travel Rewards, Water Bottles, Credit Card Balances, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Earning more interest? 2. Carrying a credit card balance 3. Disabled and taking next steps 4. Travel rewards 5. US citizen investing outside […]

The Myths and Realities of ‘Doing What You Love’

One issue that you’ll see constantly debated in books and articles about choosing a career is the idea of “doing what you love.” Should a person “follow their passion” as a primary guiding light for their career? Or does it make more sense to choose a career based on income and aptitude? There are pros […]

Our Family’s Strategies for Saving a Mint on the Back-to-School Season

It’s an annual tradition of sorts for parents all across the country. The summer starts to wind down. They get a letter from the school telling them about their student’s enrollment for the next year and who their teacher is. They start seeing hints of “back to school” at the store and in their mailbox. […]

The Secret to Getting Great Concert and Sports Tickets for Cheap

We all want front row seats to see our favorite band play in an intimate venue, or to cheer on our beloved sports teams with a great view of the action. But when everybody wants the same thing, well… the law of supply and demand dictates that the price is going to go up. Way up. […]

How to Actually Acquire the 10 Most Valuable Career Skills in Your Spare Time

Money Magazine recently printed an article in their June issue (page 45, June ’16) that lists the most valuable career skills that a person can have as ranked by the wage premium that such skills generate on average (here it is online). In other words, they evaluated a ton of different skills that companies look […]

How Born Spenders Can Become Born-Again Savers

Are you a born spender? Many people are. Recent research shows that it might even be genetic. Still, like many genetic predispositions, just because it’s inside you doesn’t mean that you have to let it out. If you’re a born spender, here are some strategies to become a born-again saver. Automate It and Forget It […]