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25 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

Summer might be the perfect time for a vacation, but peak-season travel doesn’t come cheap. […]

Inspiration from Carl Sandburg, Cory Booker, Jean-Luc Picard 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. Carl Sandburg on the true currency of your life “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent. […]

Best Credit Card Points to Redeem for Gift Cards

While it’s easy to assume credit card rewards are only lucrative if you like to travel, that’s not really true. In reality, a large number of rewards credit cards actually work better when you’re redeeming points for cash back or gift cards. And some even provide more value when you redeem your points for high-dollar gift cards instead of cash back. […]

Best Credit Card Processing Service

The world of credit card processing might look like a maze of charges, fees, unwelcome chargebacks, equipment, new technologies, and contracts. That’s because it is. There are more than a few players involved (you, your bank, your customer, their credit card’s bank) and the fees are flying everywhere. When I talked to 30 merchants, I heard a lot about how opaque the industry is. […]

The Best Cheap Home Insurance

Finding the best cheap home insurance should be easy. Just call up some providers, compare prices, and pick the lowest one, right? Not quite. […]

The Best Online Personal Loans

If you’re thinking about taking out a personal loan, you’re in good company: CNBC reported in February 2016 that the number of people taking out unsecured loans jumped close to 30 percent in recent years, from 10.57 million in 2013 to 13.72 million in 2015, and another 24 million Americans are likely to take out a personal loan this year alone. You’re also making a good financial move. […]

A Walkthrough of Our Weekly Meal Planning Routine

A couple of years ago, I wrote a very popular post called Meal Planning for Busy Families, in which I outlined the exact strategy that my own family uses to plan and prepare meals at a reasonable cost. But what does that strategy actually look like in the real world? I thought it might be interesting to show you exactly how we implement this strategy in our own life. […]

Two-Sided Coin: Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the first in a series of posts called the “Two-Sided Coin,” where TSD’s Jon Gorey and Holly Johnson take opposing viewpoints on a number of personal finance topics.  Holly: College Isn’t Always Worth the Money Most of us have been told the same story our entire lives: If you do your best in school, you can get into a good college. […]