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“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. […]

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? […]

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? […]

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Master for Financial, Personal, and Professional Success

Even if you’re smart enough to coast through high school, at some point, you’ll face bigger challenges — and your success will boil down to self-discipline. Photo: Ryan Hyde Yesterday, I addressed a great reader mailbag question from a parent who was worried about their 11th grade child being ready for college. […]

Where Do Investment Returns Come From?

The whole point of investing is to give yourself the possibility of earning better returns than you can get from a savings account. If you can find a way to make your money work just a little bit harder for you, maybe you can reach those long-term goals a little bit sooner. But where do those investment returns come from? […]

Questions About Wallets, Hybrid Cars, Procrastination, Personal Loans, 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. Tiniest food budget 2. Retirement income drop 3. Dealing with excessive email 4. Long-lasting wallet 5. Long-lasting jeans 6. Personal loan advice 7. Question about buying a hybrid 8. Cash tips and income tax 9. […]

Getting the Most Out of Your American Express Rewards Points

Exchanging American Express Membership Rewards points for British Airways Avios can help you score a cheap international flight. Photo: Mark Harkin When it comes to earning points and miles, it often pays to focus on flexible, versatile points that can be redeemed in a number of ways. […]

Getting the Most Out of Your American Express Rewards Points

Exchanging American Express Membership Rewards points for British Airways Avios can help you score a cheap international flight. Photo: Mark Harkin When it comes to earning points and miles, it often pays to focus on flexible, versatile points that can be redeemed in a number of ways. […]

Why Coupons Might Not Work for Your Family

Consider what an hour of your time is worth before devoting too much of it to coupons. Photo: StockMonkeys I’ve been on a quest this year to drastically reduce my grocery spending. I’ve taken extreme measures to save on food, from going vegetarian for weeks on end to eating a ridiculous amount of split pea soup. […]

Why Coupons Might Not Work for Your Family

Consider what an hour of your time is worth before devoting too much of it to coupons. Photo: StockMonkeys I’ve been on a quest this year to drastically reduce my grocery spending. I’ve taken extreme measures to save on food, from going vegetarian for weeks on end to eating a ridiculous amount of split pea soup. […]