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Beyond eBay: Six Better Ways to Buy, Sell, and Trade Stuff Online

Photo: Yerdle via Facebook Are you tired of the mountains of clutter around your home? Are you overwhelmed by your own “stuff?” Do you have so many belongings that you have to rent a storage unit to house them all? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re not alone. […]

Thoughts on the Parable of the Mustard Seed

Photo: Jessica Spengler Recently, I attended the baptism of a beautiful baby girl. During the reading of the scripture, a passage from the book of Matthew was read – chapter 13, verses 31 and 32 – and it really stuck with me. Here it is, from the NIV translation: He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. […]

Some Thoughts on My Father

Photo: Giuseppe Milo In the spirit of Father’s Day, I wanted to share some thoughts about my own father and the huge impact he’s had on my life, personally and professionally. I grew up in a single income household. Most of the time, my father worked in a factory making construction equipment, while my mother stayed at home. […]

How to Use a Simple Pocket Notebook to Change Your Life

Photo: Mike Petrucci A few days ago, in Monday’s Reader Mailbag, I made an off-hand reference to my own use of pocket notebooks, where I wrote a paragraph or two about how I used them and suggested that if readers wanted to know more, they should send me a note and I’d write a longer article. […]

Ceiling Fan Hacks to Save Energy (and Money)

Look for a switch like this one to change the direction of your ceiling fans depending on the season. Photo: The JH Photography Summer’s just about here, and you’ve probably had to kick on the air conditioning a few times already. […]

How Financial Security and Useful Skills Change Your Decision-Making Process

A few weeks ago, an interesting event occurred in one of my old hobbies that sheds a wonderful light on how decision making processes of people change as they achieve success in the world. Bear with me – I have some interesting points that relate to this story. Recently, there was a very large Magic: the Gathering tournament in Las Vegas. […]

Eight Hidden Benefits of Credit Cards

Valuable perks like price protection or extended warranties may be hiding in your wallet. Photo: Jeff Rose In 2013, Lance Cothern and his fiancé, Victoria, purchased a $250 wedding dress from a retailer based in China. […]

Five Ways to Bounce Back from a Busted Budget

Getting your budget back on track can seem insurmountable. Photo: Archives New Zealand It happens to the best of us. Everything is going great, then all of a sudden, something knocks your budget completely off track. It can be anything, really – a sudden job loss that drastically reduces your income, a surprise home repair, or a medical issue. […]

Handling the Hardest Moments of a Financial Turnaround

It’s an experience common to a lot of people. You overspend for years and don’t really think about your finances. Something changes and you begin to take notice. You start turning that ship around. You struggle, and sometimes you succeed and other times you end up reverting back to the same old habits. I was lucky to be in that “succeed” camp. […]

Questions About Fast Casual, Amazon Credit, BPA, 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. Can’t save enough for independence 2. Challenges after quitting 3. Board game box repairs 4. Using Amazon credit 5. Starting a writing career 6. Stipend from parents 7. Toilet advice 8. Actually using a pocket notebook 9. […]