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Inspiration from Claude Monet, Henry David Thoreau, 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. Claude Monet, Red Boats at Argenteuil (1875) Whenever I look at a painting, I want it to make me feel something, whether it’s an emotional tug or a sense of awe or something else. […]

10 Worst College Degrees to Earn in 2015

If you want to be an actor, just start acting — you don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on college. […]

It’s Not a Competition

Several months ago, my sister-in-law took over a small business in her community. She had been working there as an employee, but the business owner was making some life changes and they came to an agreement that left both of them happy. […]

How to Use Technology to Start Saving More

Use a budgeting app such as Level or Goodbudget to save automatically and keep spending in check. Photo: Level The numbers on who is saving money in America — or more commonly, who isn’t — may shock you. According to a survey by Bankrate, 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. […]

11 Lucrative Freelance Jobs That Are Still Growing

Here are some legitimate ways to make extra money online as a freelancer. Photo: jseliger2 Building wealth boils down to a pretty simple equation: Either spend less money, or earn more of it. […]

Best Home Security System for 2014

Home security is often not addressed until an intrusion has already occurred. According to the FBI, more than 2 million burglaries were reported in 2012. However, homes with alarm systems have shown to be 300% less likely to be broken into. […]

14 Simple Life Hacks That Have Each Saved Me $100 (Or More) Since My Financial Turnaround

As many of you know, I’m constantly trying out little lifestyle changes and tweaks just to see if they’re something that actually saves money and if they’re something that integrates well into my life. […]

Give Your Entire Home a Makeover for Under $500

Throw pillows, new paint, and colorful flowers can revamp a room quickly and cheaply. Photo: Wicker Paradise You pull into your driveway, glance at the yard, and a wave of disgust sweeps over you. The yard is a mess and you can’t stand to look at it another day. And that’s just the beginning. […]