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Financial Mistakes You Must Avoid in Your 20s? Why You Need to Be Careful with Online Financial Advice

In the last few days, several readers have shared a video with me that’s been floating around on Facebook. The video is titled Financial Mistakes You Must Avoid in Your 20s and it features “entrepreneur and author” Grant Cardone discussing a bunch of what he considers to be financial mistakes that people make early in life. I watched the video, hoping for the best. […]

Questions About Roth IRAs, Savings Bonds, Mattresses, 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. Old savings bonds 2. Attacking spousal debt 3. Wedding cost cutting strategies 4. “Backdoor” Roth IRA? 5. Mattress buying advice 6. Are we ahead or behind? 7. Stocks at all time high 8. […]

What to Do If Your 401(k) Stinks

Your 401(k) is often the easiest place to start investing because the account is already set up for you and your contributions can automatically be deducted from your paycheck. Unfortunately, many 401(k)s are still behind the times in terms of offering high-quality, low-cost investment options that maximize your odds of success. So, how do you know if your 401(k) is good or bad? […]

Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Have a Budget

Nobody likes talking about the dreaded “B word.” Just mention the word budgeting in a crowd, and you’ll see perfectly reasonable adults turn into petulant children. After giving you an angry stare, they’ll cross their arms, give you the side-eye, and breathe deeply until the moment passes. Why? Because even responsible and hard-working adults hate the idea of budgeting or planning their spending. […]

Why These Vehicles Are the Cheapest Cars to Insure

You’re probably familiar with the urban legend that auto insurance companies charge higher rates for red cars. In fact, your insurance company probably doesn’t even know what color your car is. But it is true that some cars are cheaper to insure than others. Often, the final determination isn’t even the value of the car — that’s only an important factor if you’re insuring the car against theft. […]

31 Days to Financial Independence (Intro and Day 1): The Shallows and the Deep

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. Introduction One of the earliest collections of articles to appear on The Simple Dollar shortly after its launch was 31 Days to Fix Your Finances (you can read it in full here), which was a culmination of everything I had learned about personal finance up to that point, organized in a series […]

Don’t Try This at Home: You Are Not Going to Make Money With These Five Side Hustles

Side hustles represent the new American dream: making more money, without going through the trauma of the job search process, or retraining for an entirely new career. But not every side gig is created equal. […]