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Frugality Without Sacrifice

Not too long ago, I received a really good email from a reader, “Jan,” who asked some pointed questions about frugality. Here’s that email, in part: Your story of how you and your wife dug out of debt and started building toward a financially independent lifestyle is a great one. […]

Best Bad Credit Auto Loans

Bad credit? No problem — if you can handle the lender’s terms. Photo: Ricardo Diaz Getting the best price on a car is never an enjoyable experience, and getting a loan when you have bad credit can make this experience even harder to swallow. […]

Best Bad-Credit Auto Loans

Bad credit? No problem — if you can handle the lender’s terms. Photo: Ricardo Diaz Getting the best price on a car is never an enjoyable experience, and getting a loan when you have bad credit can make this experience even harder to swallow. […]

Best Unsecured Loans for 2014

Unsecured loans don’t have to be a ball-and-chain proposition. Photo: Chrls Potter If you need a large amount of cash for a big expense, whether planned or unexpected, you might want to consider unsecured personal loans. Just like credit cards, unsecured loans don’t require collateral. […]

Best Unsecured Loans for 2014

Unsecured loans don’t have to be a ball-and-chain proposition. Photo: Chrls Potter If you need a large amount of cash for a big expense, whether planned or unexpected, you might want to consider unsecured personal loans. Just like credit cards, unsecured loans don’t require collateral. […]

Becoming Rich Is a Matter of Mind Over Money

Photo: PhotoSteve101 Mindset plays a much bigger role in reaching our financial dreams than most of us realize. The good news is, you can work on your mindset without spending a dime. Today’s post touches on a timeless book, nearly 100 years old, with some financial advice garnered from the greatest financial minds who ever lived. […]

Becoming Rich Is a Matter of Mind Over Money

Photo: PhotoSteve101 Mindset plays a much bigger role in reaching our financial dreams than most of us realize. The good news is, you can work on your mindset without spending a dime. Today’s post touches on a timeless book, nearly 100 years old, with some financial advice garnered from the greatest financial minds who ever lived. […]

Questions About Amazon, Christmas Lights, Thermoses, Aldi and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Student loan repayment strategy 2. Unemployment question 3. Home as investment 4. Buying long-term Christmas lights 5. Great goal advice 6. Amazon Rewards card tip 7. Stain remover 8. Saving money on children’s activities 9. […]

What Is a Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus?

Credit card sign-up bonuses can be a good deal — but only if you’re careful. Photo: Sean MacEntee Unless you’ve opted out of junk mail or targeted offers altogether, you’ve probably gotten at least a handful of credit card bonus offers in the mail. […]