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How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates in 2014

Even after the subprime mortgage crisis, homeownership remains a dream for many Americans. If you’re among them, you’re probably wondering how you can get the best mortgage rate to keep your payments as low as possible. Securing the best mortgage isn’t simply about finding a lender who offers you the best rate. […]

The Missing Ingredient for Change

I’ve had a lot of successes in changing my life for the better. Over the course of approximately five and a half years, Sarah and I managed to pay off three student loans, three car loans, four nearly-maxed-out credit cards, and a full home mortgage, moving ourselves from financial disaster to complete debt freedom. […]

How to Curb the Rising Costs of Parenting

Food is a big family expense, but one that can easily be trimmed. Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers Europe Parenting is the most difficult yet rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. It definitely hasn’t been easy on my pockets, either. And apparently, I’m not alone in my experiences. According to a recent report released by the U.S. […]

The Best Retirement Plans and 401k Rollovers are Online

I’m on a quest to find the best retirement plan to roll over my old 401(k). Since millions of other people are in this same boat, and don’t know where to turn for sound advice, I figured I would conduct the most thorough research I could — publicly — then put my money where my mouth is. […]

Some Thoughts on Extreme Cheapskates

Extreme Cheapskates is a “reality” television series that airs on TLC that just entered its third season. Over the last two years, the show has launched a new season in October and, as with the previous two Octobers, I’ve been asked a few questions about my take on the show. First of all, I’m not a regular viewer of “reality” television shows – or of most television shows, for that matter. […]

Protecting Your Business From Natural Disasters

Hurricanes and earthquakes can wreak havoc on your business, but too many owners overlook these risks. Running a business is fraught with challenges that must be addressed on a daily basis, ranging from personnel and payroll to competition and cash flow. Most business owners recognize the need to insulate themselves from risks, both internal and external. […]

Best Gas Credit Cards of 2014

The best gas credit cards enable you to take advantage of high reward rates on inevitable spending. With more than 200 million licensed drivers in the U.S. traveling on average over 13,000 miles a year, there are a lot of rewards that are going unrecognized and unredeemed. The best credit cards for gas are actually cash back rewards cards. […]

College Internship Guide

College is tough. You’re applying for scholarships, dealing with student loan debt, taking tough courses, and all while worrying about the end game – getting a job after graduation. An internship is one of the best things you can do to help with your job quest. […]

Nine Financial Questions to Discuss When Your First Child Is on the Way

In February 2005, Sarah and I were handed a completely unexpected piece of information. Sarah was pregnant and our first child was going to arrive late in the year. It was a life-changing moment. Sarah and I had several months to prepare, of course. Unfortunately, since we weren’t in the best financial shape at the time, we didn’t really focus on the financial implications very hard. […]

Are You Guilty of Financial Infidelity?

Finances and cheating are amount the most common reasons for divorce. And what happens when you merge the two? […]