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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. […]

Small Business Guide to SBA Loans

Like so many government endeavors, the Small Business Administration (SBA) can be both incredibly helpful and terribly confusing. But when your small business needs capital to grow or to simply keep the doors open, SBA loans are among the best small business loans you can get, and the SBA’s myriad other resources can help you make smart use of the money. […]

Navigating the Small Business Administration

The SBA offers valuable resources for small business owners, but it can be confusing, too. Photo: Niki Odolphie Like so many government endeavors, the Small Business Administration (SBA) can be both incredibly helpful and terribly confusing. […]

Cheers to the Holidays: Food, Beer, and Wine Gift Guide

Surely there are people on your holiday gift list who enjoy good food, wine, beer, or all of the above. Photo: Noah Borgondy We’re in prime gift-buying season. Your list of who to buy for probably includes a foodie, beer lover, and/or wine enthusiast. This is a fun group to buy for because you can really get creative with your gifts. […]

Cheers to the Holidays: Food, Beer, and Wine Gift Guide

Surely there are people on your holiday gift list who enjoy good food, wine, beer, or all of the above. Photo: Noah Borgondy We’re in prime gift-buying season. Your list of who to buy for probably includes a foodie, beer lover, and/or wine enthusiast. This is a fun group to buy for because you can really get creative with your gifts. […]

Making a “Daily Practice” Work for You

The single best idea I’ve learned this year came to me courtesy of James Altucher, who I heard as a guest on Episode 139 of the podcast Gweek. […]

Making a “Daily Practice” Work for You

The single best idea I’ve learned this year came to me courtesy of James Altucher, who I heard as a guest on Episode 139 of the podcast Gweek. […]

How to Make Money as an Airbnb Host

Anyone who has stayed at a nice hotel in the past decade knows it’s not cheap. When was the last time you stayed in a major city for under $100 a night? Or under $200 for that matter? There is money to be made in the lodging industry. […]

The Single Biggest Money Mistake People Make

Let’s just cut right to the chase. The single biggest money mistake that people make is that they put too much emphasis on the short term and not enough on the long term. […]