How Much Monthly Income Can Your Retirement Savings Generate?

If you’ve listened to the 31-Day Money Challenge, you know that Personal Capital was one of our sponsors. I was happy to have them sponsor the series because I’ve used Personal Capital for quite some time, and I like the tool a lot. Personal Capital is a free online tool that lets you connect all […]

Published or Updated: April 2, 2014

Quick Tip: How to Use Excel to Calculate the Monthly Payments on a Loan

Most of us probably forget much of the math we learned in high school or college. There are times, however, when a little math can help us with our finances. One such time is when we need to calculate the monthly payment on a loan Whether we are considering a car loan, student loan, or […]

Published or Updated: March 19, 2014

10 Money Management Tools to Build Wealth

This is the eighth day in our 31-Day Money Challenge. Over 31 days we’ll publish 31 podcasts, each designed to help you move closer to financial freedom. Yesterday we looked at the 20 ways to save without sacrifice. In today’s podcast, we talk about 10 money management tools that I’ve found to be very helpful. […]

Published or Updated: April 7, 2016

Making the Most of Morningstar: Determining the Market Cap of a Portfolio

This article is part of our Morningstar User’s Guide, a series of articles discussing how to make the best use of the tools, research and analysis available at In the series on asset allocation, we looked at the importance of the market capitalization (or market cap, for short) of a fund or portfolio. Today, […]

Published or Updated: August 1, 2013

25 Travel Websites to Use When Booking Your Next Vacation

Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, with a little effort, you can find some great deals. Where such deals be found? I’ve assembled a bevy of resources to aid you in your travel planning (the below are not in any particular order and the resource that yields you the best deal will […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2016

50 Incredibly Useful Resources for Freelancers

Welcome to our week-long series on How to Earn Extra Income from a Side Hustle. In this fourth of five articles, we look at 50 resources every freelancer can use. Knowing where to find the right tools to help you get the job done is an important part of the Side Hustle process. The web […]

Published or Updated: October 3, 2016

Track Your Finances with HelloWallet

I‘ve been writing about finance for many years now, having trudged through the many reviews of online software to help consumers budget.   Quicken has always been my software of choice, but I have to say that as of today, I’ll be using HelloWallet for all of my budgeting needs.  This software may be a bit […]

Published or Updated: January 27, 2012

Why I Use Quicken to Manage My Debt Mountain

Debt sucks.  There’s just no prettier way to say it and for the past four years, I’ve been dealing with more non-mortgage debt than most Americans will ever see.  You see, after being extremely stupid and attending a private university for five years (to obtain a four year degree no less), I took on the […]

Published or Updated: June 6, 2011

A Review of DoughHound – Personal Finance Software

Many readers are familiar with the plethora of personal finance tracking sites available these days. Now there’s a newcomer to that arena: The site, created by married couple Daniel and Jillian Tobias, launched earlier this year, and is a spin-off of their personal project to save enough money for a trip around the world. […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2013

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