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No, credit cards are not evil

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. A little over a month ago, my husband and I were getting ready for a five-night trip to Jamaica. And as usual, we went to great lengths to budget for anything and everything. For starters, all but $97 of our airfare was paid with points I earned with my Chase Ink Bold Business Card, and that expense was taken care of months before. […]

The problem with the “perfect” gift

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. When it comes to gift-giving, I like to buy gifts that are exciting, maybe something that the recipient wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves because it’s not practical. In fact, I so enjoy finding the perfect gift that I even have secret Amazon gift lists for my family members. […]

Why we aren’t saving for our children’s college educations

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. For a few years, I got to skip Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step 5. Save for our children’s college education? That was an easy one…since we didn’t have children, that answer was NO! But now we have two kids (soon to be three), which means our days of delaying that decision are over. […]

Now casting: Money-help TV show

A few weeks ago, a TV producer in California reached out to us for help casting their cable TV show. They’re looking for a couple who are at a financial crossroad and need advice from a professional. (They don’t say who the “renowned money expert” is.) Obviously, you’ll need to open the books on your finances for this show. In return, you’ll get a plan for resolving your financial issue. […]

Ask the Readers: What do you do if you can’t make ends meet? (Part 2)

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Part 1 is “What do you do if you can’t make ends meet? (Part 1) “ There are so many people desperately trying to make ends meet and failing at it – whether because of their own failures or because of terrible misfortune. And it’s hard. […]

Professional investment advice (and why you should ignore it)

This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D. recently appeared on the Microblogger podcast, where he talked about taking control of his financial life, moving from debt to wealth. In January, I accompanied Kim to an appointment with Paul, her investment adviser from Edward Jones. […]

How to get started investing

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Confession time: Despite a financial and business education more comprehensive than most, I never invested. I grew up poor and just couldn’t wait for my first “serious” job and those big bucks. It was so bad, I decided to drop out of college in my senior year. […]

Charity, hobby, or mistake? The cat we didn’t keep

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. Jake and I have two cats and a dog. To us, having pets is one of the most important aspects of our lives and identity. You might even consider it a hobby. Unfortunately, it is a hobby that, as you will see, has not always been entirely strategic. Our love for animals has permeated much of our lives. […]

The Second Annual Chautauqua on Wealth and Happiness

Hey, everybody. J.D. here. Last September, I traveled to Ecuador to participate in a good old-fashioned chautauqua. Near Otavalo, I joined Mr. Money Mustache, Jim Collins, and Cheryl Reed to share what we knew about wealth and happiness. Twenty-two smart Canadians and Americans joined us for a week of workshops, one-on-one meetings, and excursions into the beautiful Ecuadoran countryside. […]