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How to Master Your Money Habits

Want to master your money habits? According to “The Happiness Project” author Gretchen Rubin, there is no magic bullet. You have to know yourself. “There’s this really strong impulse among habit experts to have one-size-fits-all solutions,” she says in a phone interview from her home in New York. “Like, ‘Only use cash! […]

Discover it Miles Review

If you’ve been looking for a simple way to earn travel rewards on all of your purchases, the brand new Discover it® Miles credit card might be exactly what you’re looking for. Unlike other popular cards that force you to keep track of rotating categories, the Discover it® Miles card promises to award you with 3 miles for every dollar you spend the first year. […]

Questions About Thin Mints, Netflix, Daniel Norris, and More!

Should you feel guilty for declining to buy Girl Scout cookies?  Photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar 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. Girl Scout cookies 2. Cash income and taxes 3. Daniel Norris 4. Credit cards are a ripoff! 5. Parkinson’s Law 6. […]

Questions About Thin Mints, Netflix, Daniel Norris, and More!

Should you feel guilty for declining to buy Girl Scout cookies?  Photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar 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. Girl Scout cookies 2. Cash income and taxes 3. Daniel Norris 4. Credit cards are a ripoff! 5. Parkinson’s Law 6. […]

Five Side Hustles Even Your Grandma Could Try

Spending less than you earn is the No. 1 rule of personal finance, so increasing your earnings can immediately improve your financial picture. But depending on your job, it can be difficult to boost your weekly or monthly income. If you’re paid hourly, for example, you might be able to secure some overtime. […]

Five Side Hustles Even Your Grandma Could Try

Spending less than you earn is the No. 1 rule of personal finance, so increasing your earnings can immediately improve your financial picture. But depending on your job, it can be difficult to boost your weekly or monthly income. If you’re paid hourly, for example, you might be able to secure some overtime. […]

Small Business Saturday: Snow Is Money for Plowz & Mowz

Andrew Englander and Wills Mahoney founded Plowz and Mowz, apps that let consumers order snow plowing or lawn mowing services from their smartphone. Photo: Plowz & Mowz For Wills Mahoney and Andrew Englander, snow is money. […]

Seven Strategies for Working from Home from an Experienced Telecommuter

When you work from home, establishing a dedicated workspace, a regular schedule, and a pre-work routine can help you flip your mental ‘work switch’. Photo: Paul Cross Since early 2008, I have worked entirely from home, submitting my projects and writings via the Internet. At this point, I have more than seven years of experience doing this. […]