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Carlos Portocarrero

Check out more of Carlos at The Writer's Coin, where he strives to become the Michael Lewis of all things money.

Latest articles by Carlos Portocarrero

8 Cheap Ways to Play Video Games

If you can resist the urge to have the latest console and games, there are lots of terrific video games available at terrific discounts — online and off. Here's where to look.

How to Embrace Failure, Keep Going, and Win

Whether your goals are lofty or low, chances are you won't reach them without failing — frequently. Get up, learn for next time, and keep going.

How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV

Dropping your cable subscription and switching to content streamers like Hulu and Netflix is complicated. Or is it? Cutting the cord has never been easier.

7 Websites You Must Visit When Buying a New Car

Buying a new car can be very stressful. But if you're armed with the right information, it can go a lot smoother than you expect.

A 5-Step Plan to Quitting Your Job

Want to quit your job? If you play your cards right, you can use these steps to turn an awkward situation into a great new career opportunity.

Smart Shopping: Guide to Researching a Purchase

Need help making sure you're not making a purchase you'll regret? Follow these simple guidelines to make sure you wind up a happy, satisfied customer.

25 Career Changes You Can Make Today

Don't complain about your job without doing anything — make a positive career change right now with one (or more!) of these techniques.

Give Your Career a Boost With One Skill

Want to impress potential employers and current bosses alike? Then it's time to learn some basic web coding. Here's why.

Balancing Living in the Now With Planning for the Future

Save for the future! Live in the now! These common bits of advice can seem like polar opposites. Learn how to find balance for a happy financial life.

Why Everyone Needs a Portfolio of Work

Creating a portfolio is a great way to stand out in a crowded job market, no matter what field you're in — and anyone can build one.

5 Ways Blazing Internet Speeds Can Save You Money

Faster internet can save you money by making you happier, healthier and more productive.

Great Ways to Invest in Yourself

The best investment you can make has nothing to do with the stock market — learn how to increase your earning power by investing in yourself.

11 Cool Uses for a Tablet Computer

Tablets are a great way to watch videos and check your email on the go — but they're also perfect for these awesome, surprising uses.

7 Surprising Facts About Roth IRAs

A lot of people think Roth IRAs are just another retirement vehicle. Yes — and they're also one of the most flexible options available.

8 Cool Mint Tools for Managing Your Money

Many people know that Mint.com is a powerful budgeting website — but its tools might be even more comprehensive than you realize.

The Power of Lists: Getting More Creative and Efficient

If you want to start working faster and coming up with better ideas, the answer is easy. All you need is a few minutes, a piece of paper, and a pen.

15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About

Whether you need basic guidance, salary information, or inspiration to shake you out of a work rut, these 15 sites will get you on the path to a great job.

How Lessons From Moneyball Can Help Your Career

Moneyball is about a baseball team, but its core lesson can teach us all how to be successful in our careers.

6 Tips to Shrink Your Bills Every Year

An annual bill audit can help you ensure that you're not paying for things you don't need. Follow these steps to slash your regular costs.

Effort vs. Results: The Difference Between Trying and Getting It Done

Sometimes, trying hard isn't enough. If you really want spectacular results, you need to make sure you properly direct your efforts. Here's how.

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