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10 Hot Jobs That Simply Cannot Be Shipped Overseas

Over the last decade, two huge issues — rising student loan debt and the lack of entry-level jobs – have been on a collision course. […]

A Guide to Extreme Food Budgeting

When you need to stretch a meager food budget, keep an eye out for community dinners at churches and other organizations.  Photo: Richard Masoner Jeremy writes in: In my current job, I bring in about $780 per biweekly paycheck. I get paid 26 times a year. […]

The Daniel Norris Code for Success

Photo: Daniel Norris via Twitter “Research the things you love. Gain knowledge. It’s valuable.” – Daniel Norris What would you do if you were suddenly given $2 million? You’d pay your taxes, of course. You’d probably pay off any debts that you had. You might buy a nice home to live in and refresh your vehicles. You might sock some away for your children’s education and maybe some for retirement. […]

How to Make Money Dog Sitting With Rover

If you enjoy taking care of animals, you could easily earn an extra few hundred dollars each month dog sitting through […]

What Is a CPN, or Credit Privacy Number?

Photo: morebyless A credit privacy number, or CPN, is supposedly a nine-digit identifying number that you can use instead of your Social Security number, or SSN, to protect your privacy on credit documents. Sometimes CPNs are referred to as secondary credit numbers, or SCN numbers. Others may call them credit profile numbers. Whatever they’re called, officials say CPNs are bad news. […]

Applying SMART Goals to Personal Finance

Borrow a popular business strategy and make your personal finance goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-limited. Photo: Highways England A few weeks ago, I was chatting with an old friend of mine about personal finance and The Simple Dollar. […]

How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling

Photo: Garry Knight One big treat that Sarah and I enjoy is an annual family vacation. We usually travel somewhere within the United States or Canada as a family, sometimes camping and sometimes staying in hotels. Sometimes we visit state and national parks, while other years involve visits to cities. I’ve been to most of the states in the U.S. at this point, as well as several other countries. […]

How Much Does Car Insurance Cost?

Generally speaking, the faster the car goes, the more you’ll pay to insure it. Photo: NRMA Driver’s Seat How much is car insurance going to cost you? It’s not an easy question to answer. The quote you receive could be painfully high or comfortably low based on a number of different factors. But for what it’s worth, the average amount spent to insure a car in the U.S. […]

Why Bother? Digging Into the Purpose of Personal, Financial, and Professional Success

To some extent, our generation lacks the clarity of purpose that came with the unifying challenges of our predecessors: There’s no Great Depression to survive, no frontier to explore, and no World War to win. Photo: Library of Congress “We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. […]

Will Getting Multiple Credit Cards Hurt My Credit Score?

 Photo: Frankie Leon As a credit card rewards enthusiast and credit expert, I am constantly asked the same set of questions. Not only do people want to know if credit card rewards are “real,” but they also want to know how pursuing them will affect their credit. And it makes sense to be cautious. As we know, your credit score is an incredibly important component of your overall financial health. […]