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The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a B&B is a lifestyle occupation and, in many ways, the ultimate home-based business. It’s also an enormous amount of work. Photo: A.G. […]

Are 401(k)s Unrealistic? Only If You Are

In the past few days, three different readers have sent me a link to this great article from Fidelity entitled Five Habits of 401(k) Millionaires. The article offers up five suggestions for readers that will help you sock away a lot of money for retirement: 1. Start saving early 2. Contribute a minimum of 10% to 15% 3. Meet your employer match 4. Consider mutual funds that invest in stocks 5. […]

Chase Ink Plus Review

If you’re looking for a business card that offers both extreme rewards and valuable perks, look no further than the Chase Ink Plus® Business Credit Card. […]

Chase Ink Plus Review

If you’re looking for a business card that offers both extreme rewards and valuable perks, look no further than the Chase Ink Plus® Business Credit Card. […]

Why Taking a Lump-Sum Payout Makes More Sense Than You Think

When I was in sixth grade, a classmate’s grandma won a million dollars in the lottery. This made the front page of our small town’s weekly paper.  Even as a 12-year-old I knew that buying lottery tickets wasn’t a smart investment strategy, but one detail of the story that didn’t make sense was why the lady chose to take a lump-sum payment instead of the annual payments for 20 years. […]

Does SodaStream Save Money?

Photo: Ted Eytan Apparently, quite a few people either received SodaStream machines for Christmas or else have family members that received one, because I’ve received a ton of questions regarding SodaStream machines in the past few weeks. Most of them are pretty similar to this one from David: My wife and I received a SodaStream machine for Christmas. […]

Does SodaStream Save Money?

Photo: Ted Eytan Apparently, quite a few people either received SodaStream machines for Christmas or else have family members that received one, because I’ve received a ton of questions regarding SodaStream machines in the past few weeks. Most of them are pretty similar to this one from David: My wife and I received a SodaStream machine for Christmas. […]

Guide to the Gift Card Economy

Got a gift card you’ll never use? You can resell it online — and buy ones you will use at a discount. Photo: 401kcalculator.org Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gift cards continue to be one of the most popular presents to give and receive. […]