DR 059: Should You Rent a Home or Buy One?

Rent vs. Buy  Which is Cheaper for You    Trulia Trends

Is renting or buying a home better? How do you determine which is right for you? Is there a basic rule of thumb you can use to make this decision? A reader named Joe recently wrote in asking if it’s better for him to rent or buy. This is a timely question, and it’s one […]

Published or Updated: May 1, 2014

DR 058: 6 Reasons Gold is a Terrible Investment

A reader named Aaron sent me an email recently asking about gold and silver. He wanted to know if they should be a part of a diversified portfolio. He writes: Hi, Rob. I enjoy reading your tips, and I’ve put a lot of them in place for our retirement savings. My question is: what is […]

Published or Updated: April 29, 2014

Reader Tip: Pay Your Credit Card Bills Before They’re Due

Pay off credit card early

Some folks have trouble paying their credit cards on time. Paying them early seems completely out of the question. Yet we got this great money tip from a reader named Steve who does just that: I have a money tip for credit cards. Let me know what you think. About six months ago, I started […]

Published or Updated: April 28, 2014

How To Get Your REAL Credit Score – The One That Lenders See

Real Credit Score

A reader recently wrote in asking about credit scores. She wanted to understand why the credit score she received from the credit bureaus was different than the score used by her bank. Here’s her question: Q: I enjoy reading your blog. I have one question regarding the credit scores. I checked my credit scores with […]

Published or Updated: April 24, 2014

DR 057: 9 Things to Know About the myRA

The New myRA Retirement Accounts

In the most recent State of the Union Address, President Obama unveiled the myRA – My Retirement Account. Another retirement savings option? Yes. In addition to 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA and a host of other types of retirement accounts, later this year we can add the myRA to the list. In this article we’ll […]

Published or Updated: April 23, 2014

5 Tax Moves to Make Now (Yes, After Tax Day)

5 Tax Moves After April 15

With April 15th behind us, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind. They shouldn’t be. If you only think about taxes at the beginning of April, you’re missing out. Making the right tax moves now – even after tax day – will help improve your tax situation next year. At a minimum, planning […]

Published or Updated: April 22, 2014

DR 056: 7 Ways to Budget Like a Zen Master

7 Ways To Budget Like A Zen Master

How can you budget like a Zen master without tracking every dime you spend? How do you budget for those oddball expenses that pop up from time to time? As someone who goes in budgeting spurts, I’ve learned the hard way how to make our budget work. Recently, this has been at the forefront of […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

DR 055: Beverly Harzog: How She Paid Off $20,000 of Credit Card Debt in 2 Years

Beverly Harzog

A great success story can be very motivating. And that’s exactly what Beverly Harzog brings us in today’s podcast. Beverly describes how she sunk into $20,000 of credit card debt, maxing out all seven of her cards. But her story doesn’t stop there. She then shares with us how she climbed out of the debt […]

Published or Updated: April 18, 2014

5 Factors to Consider Before Using a HELOC for Your Emergency Fund

A reader named Brian asks whether it’s a sound move to use a home equity line of credit as an emergency fund: Rob, I enjoy your podcast, and I have great respect for your approach to personal finance. The 31-Day Money Challenge actually had me looking forward to my daily commute. I have a simple […]

Published or Updated: April 15, 2014