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Books With Impact: Voluntary Simplicity

The “Books with Impact” series takes a deeper look at specific books that have had a profound impact on my financial, professional, and personal growth by extracting specific points of advice from those books and looking at how I’ve applied them in my life with successful results. […]

Student Loan Forgiveness: Move to a Place that Pays Your Loans

Dealing with student loan debt can seem unbearable and overwhelming. As mentioned in the article, 15 Ways To Deal with Student Loan Debt, the average student owes a whopping $40,000 after graduation but almost 19 percent owe $50,000 and above with 5.6 percent owing over $100,000. Maybe you worked hard to save money in college diligently keeping your student loan debt in mind. […]

Saving Money in Your Startup

We get it. You’re starting a new businesses and you’re strapped for cash. There are a million questions going through your head. We empathize with bootstrapping entrepreneurs and small-business owners everywhere, and today we explore meaningful ways (that add up) where your business can save money in the early phases. […]

Best Cheap Car Insurance Options

Whether you have a set of shiny new wheels or a decaying rust bucket, cheap car insurance is a must for staying legal on the road. The good news? You have more control over factors that influence your auto insurance rates than those that affect other types of coverage, such as life insurance or home insurance. The No. […]

Emergency Funds on the Path to Financial Independence

One of the first things that’s recommended for people as they start on their journey toward financial recovery is to build an emergency fund. The reason is simple. […]

Separating Obamacare Facts From Fiction

Chances are you already have a strong opinion about Obamacare — and you’re not alone. The one consistent factor since Obamacare was passed and signed into law is that most people find the law confusing. Much of that confusion is driven by misinformation and misunderstanding. We’ve gathered some of the most common ones here. […]

Hobbies on the Path to Financial Independence

Let me start off by describing several hobbies I’ve enjoyed over the years. It’s not a secret that I’m an avid reader. Once upon a time, I had a large collection of books that I’d purchased in various places. Some of them were cheap as they were bought at secondhand stores or acquired via Paperbackswap. […]

Questions About Watches, LEDs, Bad Tenants, Chapter Books, Freelancing, 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. LED versus LCD televisions 2. Handling surge of freelance income 3. Why retire early? 4. Handling a disastrous tenant 5. Buy it for life: watch 6. Cooking and time 7. Insomnia tip 8. Defining reading goals 9. […]

15 Ways to Deal with Student Loan Debt

Dealing with student loan debt is tough. You’re probably no stranger to the student loan crisis we’re facing with $1.2 trillion and growing in debt. The average student will graduate with a whopping $40,000 in student loans, but for those who pursued graduate or higher degrees, switched majors, or went back to school, that number can be significantly larger. […]

Inspiration from Gillian Welch, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Colin Grant on being the son of a difficult father From the description: Colin Grant has spent a lifetime navigating the emotional landscape between his father’s world and his own. […]