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Do Smartphones Make Us More Impulsive Shoppers – or Less?

When it comes to the way they influence consumer spending, smartphones are double-edged swords. On the one hand, it’s undeniably great to have more computing power in our pockets than the computers used to put the first man on the moon. […]

Do Smartphones Make Us More Impulsive Shoppers – or Less?

When it comes to the way they influence consumer spending, smartphones are double-edged swords. On the one hand, it’s undeniably great to have more computing power in our pockets than the computers used to put the first man on the moon. […]

Six Strategies for Deleting Stale Spending from Your Life

A few days ago, I was reviewing my credit card bill and I noticed some expenses that surprised me. Two of them were annual renewals for services that I rarely use and honestly hadn’t really thought about in weeks, or even in months. […]

Six Strategies for Deleting Stale Spending from Your Life

A few days ago, I was reviewing my credit card bill and I noticed some expenses that surprised me. Two of them were annual renewals for services that I rarely use and honestly hadn’t really thought about in weeks, or even in months. […]

Spring Cleaning for Your Credit

As the weather warms in spring, you might give your home an annual deep clean to clear out the remnants of winter. But I believe the phrase and practice of spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to your home. […]

Questions About Digital Nomads, Generosity with Friends, Engagement Rings, VHS Tapes, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. “Digital nomad” suggestions 2. How much money to quit? 3. Can’t realistically afford college 4. Struggling to cut grocery bill 5. Reciprocating generosity with friends 6. Moving cash in from Canada 7. […]

The Simple Guide to Healthy Living on a Budget (2017)

.single div.lower-head h2.subheading {margin-bottom: 0;} Afraid a healthier lifestyle won’t fit in your budget? Good news: there are many strategies for making nutrition and fitness more affordable. Many of these strategies boil down to having a plan, doing your research, and making small lifestyle changes that can have a big impact down the line. […]

When You Can’t Afford to Be a Bridesmaid

Several years ago, Sylvia Inks was caught in an uncomfortable dilemma. A childhood friend asked her to be the maid of honor at her wedding, but Inks doubted whether she could – or even should – participate. Just two years out of college herself, Inks felt the marriage was rushed and a bad idea. Her friend’s fiancé had broken up with her at least three times the year before. […]

Three Times Travel Deals Are Actually More Expensive

The internet is a treasure trove if you’re looking for travel deals that can help you save on your next trip. Want to travel for free? Numerous websites, including this one, can help you navigate the confusing world of credit card rewards. Want travel packages that include airfare, hotel and a rental car? Try Expedia, Priceline, or Travelocity. Need a cheap hotel tonight? […]

Inspiration from Alice Walker, Henry David Thoreau, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 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. Alice Walker on power “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker You are not powerless. You are never powerless. You control what you think. […]