DR 081: Take Control of Your Student Loans with Student Loan Hero (An Interview)

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Do you have student loans? Do you know someone who does? If you answered “yes,” then check out this interview with Andrew Josuweit, one of the founders of Student Loan Hero. It’s an excellent tool to help graduates organize their student debt, manage payments, and – hopefully – get out of debt faster. Topics Covered […]

Published or Updated: June 27, 2014

DR 080: How to Build Credit When You Are Just Starting Out (the Smart Way)

How to Build Credit for the First Time

It’s official. Credit scores are the most confusing aspect of personal finance. The FICO formula remains largely a mystery. And don’t get me started on the multiple versions of credit scores out there. By one account, you may have 49 different FICO scores, not to mention dozens of credit scores calculated using non-FICO formulas. So […]

Published or Updated: June 24, 2014

DR 079: HUD Homes–Saving Big Money with HUD Foreclosures

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If you are in the market to buy your first or next home, a HUD home could potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars on the purchase price. While buying a HUD Home can save you a lot of money, there are some things to watch out for. In this article we’ll cover the […]

Published or Updated: June 23, 2014

Discover it® Chrome Review

Discover has just launched a new version of its Discover it card. The new card, called the , offers a new and more convenient approach to cash back rewards. Let me explain. Traditionally, Discover’s cash back rewards have followed the quarterly rotating category approach. Each quarter certain categories of purchases qualify for 5% cash back […]

Published or Updated: June 20, 2014

DR 078: Are Low Cost Investment Advisors a Myth? [Interview with Mitch Tuchman of Rebalance IRA]

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As regular readers know, I’m a big believer in DIY investing. One of my goals for this site, my free weekly newsletter, and the podcast, is to arm investors with the information they need to invest on their own. Some folks, however, will still want some help. For these folks, my goal is to promote […]

Published or Updated: June 18, 2014

DR 077: Teamwork for Your Budget – An Interview with Listeners Kate and Trevor

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One of the great things about producing a podcast are the emails I receive from listeners. Recently a listener named Kate emailed me about the 50-20-30 budget. One thing led to another, and now Kate and her fiancé Trevor are guests on the show. Kate and Trevor’s story was so inspiring that I wanted to […]

Published or Updated: June 19, 2014

DR 076: Is a Home a Good Investment? The Numbers Will Surprise You

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It’s a hotly debated question. Is it better to buy or rent? We covered this question in detail in Podcast 59. Many argue that buying is best because on average homeowners have a higher net worth than renters. Rather than looking at averages, however, today we are going to look at an actual case study. […]

Published or Updated: June 14, 2014

DR 075: The Reality of Dave Ramsey’s 12% ‘Reality’ (and why it really matters)

12 Keys to Making Smart Financial Decisions

Recently I reviewed what Dave Ramsey calls his Endorsed Local Providers (ELPs). As I was doing research for that review I learned of Dave’s view that historically the S&P 500 has returned 12%. I also learned that he believes it will continue to do so over the long run. This was curious to me for […]

Published or Updated: June 14, 2014

DR 074: My Real Life ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’

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Many have said that Robert Kiyosaki’s ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ book is a piece of fiction. Apparently, he never had a rich dad and a poor dad as described in his book, or at least that’s what many believe. But I did. My parents divorced before I was two, and both remarried. My father, who […]

Published or Updated: June 15, 2014