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Star Money Articles for Week of October 10

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. We'll start with alternatives to eating out. I love to eat out (as do my kids) so I needed these ideas! I'm seeing more and more posts on using an HSA as a retirement account and I liked this one. Money Boss shares highlights from FinCon 2016, the annual conference for money bloggers. […]

The Importance of Accomplishments on Your Resume

It doesn't happen very often, but once in a while a mainstream media article gets personal finance right. Here's a case in point: this piece from US News that lists the three most important things to include on your resume: In particular they hit a home run IMO with #2. Here it is: Numbers. Anyone can add a goal that they accomplished to their resume. […]

5 Part-Time Jobs That Are Perfect for Retirees

US News lists five part-time jobs that are perfect for retirees as follows: Substitute Teacher or Tutor Caregiver Call Operator Business Owner Consultant Here's my take on these for me personally: Substitute Teacher or Tutor -- Not really interested in this as it is, but I would love to teach a college class or two, either in person or online. Caregiver -- Uh, no. […]

How to Improve Your Odds of Success at Investing

Kiplinger lists six ways to improve your odds of success at investing as follows: 1. Using low-cost, low-turnover solutions—preferably index-like mutual funds with a relatively low focus on active management. 2. Hire a fee-only objective adviser to help you sort through your holdings, provide recommendations and monitor them. 3. […]

Reminder: Don't Quit Your Job Until You Have a New One

I recently ran into a LinkedIn post titled "That's It, I Quit!" -- What's Your Exit Plan? where a worker says (in part): I am going out of my mind at my job. I hate my job so much that I'm afraid I'm going to walk out the door one day in frustration. I have almost done that already on two occasions but I stuck it out. […]

Star Money Articles for Week of October 3

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Let's start with a fun post. I laugh out loud just about every time I read Budgets are Sexy and his post on the financial empowerment game certainly gave me a chuckle. Question: Can Getting Up Early Make You Wealthy? Answer: Yes! Yikes! Who knew you could spend so much on make-up! […]

Costco versus Sam's Club: Which is Better?

Wisebread recently did a comparison post on Costco versus Sam's Club. They compared the two on six attributes. Costco won three, two were tied, and Sam's won one. […]

Four Skills You Need in Retirement

US News lists four skills you need in retirement as follows: 1. The capacity to be independent and self-directed. 2. Good people skills.3. Financial confidence. 4. The ability to relax. Here's where I rate on these: 1. I am a pretty independent and self-directed guy. Some would say I'm probably too much of both of those, but apparently they come in handy during retirement so good for me. :) 2. […]

Can You Become Wealthy by Renting?

Here's an interesting piece telling how a single mom and a couple have sworn off home ownership and are better off financially for it (the couple has even gotten "rich"). […]

Millionaire Interview 17 Update

The following is an update to Millionaire Interview 17. My FMF millionaire #17 interview took place almost 3 years ago. The biggest change for me since then has been my job. At the time, I hated my job. It affected my mood very negatively and looking back, I was probably on the edge of depression. […]