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The Wisdom of Frugality: What Is Simplicity?

This is the first entry in an eight-part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. When I first read The Wisdom of Frugality two years ago, shortly after its publication, I was struck more than anything about the depth of the connection between philosophy and frugality. […]

When Veterans Should (and Shouldn’t) Use a VA Loan

If you’re a veteran who’s thinking of purchasing a home or refinancing the home you have, you may want to consider a VA loan instead of conventional financing. This government loan program was created to help members of the armed forces, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. VA loans come with plenty of perks. According to the U.S. […]

When Veterans Should (and Shouldn’t) Use a VA Loan

If you’re a veteran who’s thinking of purchasing a home or refinancing the home you have, you may want to consider a VA loan instead of conventional financing. This government loan program was created to help members of the armed forces, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. VA loans come with plenty of perks. According to the U.S. […]

The Snowball Effect of Retirement Savings

If there was one financial move that I executed well during my first few years of professional life, it was my decision to save heavily for retirement right off the bat. […]

The Snowball Effect of Retirement Savings

If there was one financial move that I executed well during my first few years of professional life, it was my decision to save heavily for retirement right off the bat. […]

Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card Review

There’s a reason we named the the best business credit card for big expenses this year. Not only does this card offer a large signup bonus, but you get up to 5% cash-back on purchases made in certain business-related categories. There’s also no annual fee and no additional fees for employee cards. […]

Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card Review

There’s a reason we named the the best business credit card for big expenses this year. Not only does this card offer a large signup bonus, but you get up to 5% cash-back on purchases made in certain business-related categories. There’s also no annual fee and no additional fees for employee cards. […]

Should You Remodel or Move?

If you’re feeling like you’ve outgrown your current home, you might be considering a move. And with housing markets around the country heating up with the weather, it’s peak house hunting season. But what if the idea of moving stresses you out? What if you like your yard and your neighborhood, but just not your house? In that case, you may want to consider an alternative option. […]

How an Impulsive Personality Can Find Financial Success

Alex writes in with a great question: I have a very impulsive and addictive personality. I find it really difficult to stick to things and I’m constantly distracted by the cool new thing or the quick snack and that makes it real hard to make any financial progress. I need some help in overcoming this side of me so I can have some kind of financial future. […]

Your Car Probably Doesn’t Need as Much Maintenance as You Think

Your car definitely needs maintenance — but it doesn’t need as much of it as you’re being told it does. I didn’t used to think about routine maintenance a whole lot. For most of my driving life, I drove older, second- to third-hand vehicles and did maintenance myself when I could. […]