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Some Thoughts on Procrastination

During the year or so before I reached my ultimate financial bottom, I had this faint sense in the back of my head that I needed to make some financial changes in my life. I knew that I needed to start doing things differently or else I would never build the life that I wanted. But, that voice was a quiet one. I kept telling myself that I could do it tomorrow or next year. […]

Eight Best Places to Retire Abroad (and Enjoy the Good Life for Less)

With its warm, lakefront location, extremely low cost of living, and lively expat community, Granada, Nicaragua, has become a popular retirement haven for Americans willing to think outside the border. Photo: Nickelstar More than 373,000 Americans had retired abroad by 2013, according to the Social Security Administration, and for various reasons. […]

Eight Best Places to Retire Abroad (and Enjoy the Good Life for Less)

With its warm, lakefront location, extremely low cost of living, and lively expat community, Granada, Nicaragua, has become a popular retirement haven for Americans willing to think outside the border. Photo: Nickelstar More than 373,000 Americans had retired abroad by 2013, according to the Social Security Administration, and for various reasons. […]

Handling Jealousy of Other People’s Affluence

Amanda wrote in with a great question for the reader mailbag via my Facebook page and, as is sometimes the case, my answer grew to such a great length that I decided it deserved a post on its own. Here’s her question: I work at a place with a lot of affluent families. We are lower middle class and try to be generally frugal and save for retirement and whatnot. […]

Best Home Improvement Loans

Home improvements can get pricey, whether you do it yourself or hire the pros. Here’s what to know about financing a remodel. Photo: Colleen Taugher Whether you want to make a few simple upgrades or construct a pricey new addition, if you don’t have money saved for the project, you’ll want to figure out the best home improvement loan for your situation. […]

20+ Ways to Make Extra Money to Pay Off Your Student Loans

Want to earn some extra income to pay down those student loans? Selling handmade items on Etsy, walking dogs, or driving for Lyft or Uber are all worth considering. Photos: Tom Page; Dave Crosby; Alfredo Mendez You graduated college, started your career, but you still don’t have enough money to make headway with those student loans. […]

20+ Ways to Make Extra Money to Pay Off Your Student Loans

Want to earn some extra income to pay down those student loans? Selling handmade items on Etsy, walking dogs, or driving for Lyft or Uber are all worth considering. Photos: Tom Page; Dave Crosby; Alfredo Mendez You graduated college, started your career, but you still don’t have enough money to make headway with those student loans. […]

“Freedom” Money

I recently saw the film The Gambler, and one scene stood out at me, where John Goodman’s character describes his financial philosophy to the main character, played by Mark Wahlberg. Here’s that scene, but beware, the language here is very rough and very not safe for work. […]

‘Freedom’ Money

Photo: ‘The Gambler’ via Facebook I recently saw the film The Gambler, and one scene stood out at me, where John Goodman’s character describes his financial philosophy to the main character, played by Mark Wahlberg. […]

Five Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation

Add a professional conference or networking event to your next vacation, and you could write off a portion of your trip. Photo: Tech Cocktail Planning a vacation and dreading all the costs? […]