Archives for 2013

8 Ways to Cultivate Generosity in Your Kids Over the Holidays

You don’t need the zillions of toy-related commercials this time of year to remind you that it’s difficult to keep kids from turning into mindless consumers. What can we expect, when they’re constantly bombarded with more and more things to want or “need”? But you don’t have to throw in the towel on raising selfless, […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

DR 003: How to Invest for Retirement with Rick Ferri

One of the best books on investing is All About Asset Allocation by Rick Ferri. He’s written several great investing books, but AAAA is my favorite. It’s a must read, particularly if you’re just starting out or want to learn more about passive investing. In October of this year at a personal finance bloggers conference […]

Published or Updated: November 27, 2013

5 Ways to Invest in Bitcoins

Bitcoins, the most popular in a wave of electronic cryptocurrencies, are taking over the news these days. There’s the Norwegian guy who bought $27 in Bitcoins, only to find four years later, that his investment was worth nearly $1,000,000. Then there’s the first Bitcoin ATM, located inside a Vancouver, British Columbia, coffee shop. Some investors […]

Published or Updated: November 22, 2013

9 Tools That Make Price Matching a Snap During the Holidays

Holiday shopping is something of a competitive sport in the United States — even if you’re only competing against the last price you saw. We all spend more during the holiday shopping season, but that doesn’t mean we want to. In fact, many of us look for ways to limit the damage to our bank accounts. […]

Published or Updated: November 21, 2013

Alternatives to Healthcare.gov Coming Soon

The rollout of the federal healthcare exchange website, Healthcare.gov, has been about as smooth as cottage cheese. It’s been nearly two months since the website launched, and I still cannot register and compare insurance plans. That’s the bad news. The good news is that change is coming. According to CNN: “Julie Bataille of the Centers […]

Published or Updated: November 20, 2013

Low Down Payment Mortgages are Back

Shortly after the mortgage crash in 2008, popular low- and no-down payment mortgage options vanished from most of the market. The Federal Housing Administration was left to take on the homebuyers who couldn’t afford to put down a lot of money, many of whom were lower income or buying a home for the first time. […]

Published or Updated: November 20, 2013

5 Credit Cards that Offer Price Matching

There are few things in life as frustrating as making a major purchase, such as a big screen TV, only to see it on sale two weeks later. You could have saved $150 if only you had waited. Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball for determining when some items will go on sale. You either […]

Published or Updated: November 18, 2013

Discover it Credit Card Review (now with free FICO score)

I‘ve carried the Discover card for longer than I can remember. Originally called the Discover More Card, it’s now known as the Discover it®. It’s one of my favorite cash back credit cards. Historically, Discover is known for two things: (1) excellent cash back rewards, and (2) excellent 0% APR introductory rate offers on balance […]

Published or Updated: April 1, 2016

How I Bought a House for Next to Nothing, and How You Can, Too

My husband and I are in the process of “buying” a home for $0. Not kidding. I’ll admit our circumstances are so strange that seasoned mortgage loan officers scratch their heads. People just don’t get homes for nothing. But I’ve learned it is possible in many areas of the country. Read on to find out how. Our […]

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Published or Updated: November 18, 2013

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