3 Reasons Why Credit Cards Are Your Friend

While we definitely don’t recommend overusing credit,  a credit card can be a really useful tool in your credit arsenal if you know how to use it properly. It can help you positively build your credit history, give you rewards like cash back when you use it, and help protect your money better than a […]


Stop Saving and Start Paying Off Debt NOW!

Have you looked at interest rates recently?  I mean, local brick and mortar banks are offering less than half a percent and if you check out banks like Citi, Bank of America and Chase, you’d be lucky to earn 10 cents on 100 bucks.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving money and keeping […]


The Employment Battle of Men vs. Women

Any reader of the news frequently hears that women earn 77 cents on the male dollar. Fifteen years ago, an organization called the National Committee on Pay Equity marked April 20 “Equal Pay Day,” because that is the day on which the average working woman will make her “full” salary (meaning it takes her 15+ […]


Credit Cards Stack Up Well Against Interest Rates

For most of the 20th century interest rates in the USA moved in a range that would swing like a monetary pendulum with a center of gravity around 10 percent. Many people born during the baby boomer generation, for example, lived through decades when financial planners advised that borrowing money for anything in the single […]


My Credit Karma Credit Score is Over 600!

Two years ago, around the time when I had left my full time office job to work online, my credit score was in the tank.  I wasn’t making enough money to support myself and my massive debt load and as a result,  I was late on almost every payment I made.  And if that wasn’t […]


How to Build an Emergency Fund

Last week I wrote about how my wife and I paid off a lot of debt in less than five years. An important part of getting out of debt for us was an emergency fund. A lot has been written about the importance of saving for a rainy day. But most of what you’ll read […]