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DR 053: Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedRecently, a reader named John wrote in asking about leasing vs. buying a car. Here is John’s question: I was wondering what your input is in regard to buying vehicles? For example, I’m in the process right now of selling a vehicle for a good buck. Would […]

DR 052: A Step-by-Step Guide to Rebalancing Your Investments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedIn the last podcast, we talked about why rebalancing your investment portfolio is important and how to create a rebalancing plan. Today we are going to walk through step-by-step how to actually rebalance your retirement and other investments. As we discussed in the last podcast, you can […]

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Best Mortgage Calculator

The Best Online Mortgage Calculator. . You won’t believe what it can do

There are an endless supply of online mortgage calculators. Most of the big personal finance sites have. The best one, in my opinion, is one you’ve probably never heard of: Karl’s Mortgage Calculator. You’re probably asking who the heck is Karl? I have absolutely no idea. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve emailed Karl from […]

10 Balance Transfer Tips

DR 044: 10 Tips on Using Balance Transfer Credit Cards to Get Out of Debt

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedA reader named Kathleen recently emailed me with a lesson she learned with balance transfer credit cards: Hi Rob, I just rolled over one of my credit cards to another at 0%, which has been very successful for me at paying off credit card debt. But I […]

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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 […]

Credit Score Piggybacking

Credit Score Piggybacking Survival Guide

Getting the ball rolling when building (or rebuilding) credit is a classic catch-22. You need credit to build credit. If you have absolutely no credit history – or if you have a bottomed-out credit score – then lenders are less likely to extend the credit you need to start building your FICO score. You may […]

Debt Chart February

How to Deal with Setbacks When Climbing Out of Debt

Confession: I dreaded writing this post today. It’s just a little depressing. See, at the end of February, Ben became unemployed. It was a decision we didn’t take lightly, and we do feel like we made the right choice. (I won’t go into all the reasons. Suffice it to say that we had sufficient reasons […]

2014 Tax Changes for Individuals

9 Tax Changes in 2014 You Don’t Want to Miss

Every year, the IRS updates tax codes to reflect changes in the cost of living. Recently, the IRS announced tax law changes for 2014. Many of these relatively minor changes could affect you in the coming tax year. Remember, these 2014 tax changes affect the tax year 2014, so you won’t see these changes reflected […]

Latte Factor

The “Latte Factor” is Not About the Latte

I‘ve been reading a lot of criticisms of the Latte Factor recently. If you’re not familiar, the Latte Factor was popularized by author David Bach. The idea is simple. If instead of getting a $4 latte every day, you instead invested the money, you’d have a pile of cash in 10, 20, 30 or 40 […]

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DR 043: How to Compare Mutual Funds in Under 60 Seconds

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedI encountered a big problem when I first started investing. Maybe you’ve encountered it, too. I would read a lot of books on investing. Two of my favorites are Rick Ferri’s All About Asset Allocation and William Bernstein’s The Four Pillars of Investing. These books cover asset […]

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DR 042: A Complete Guide to Hard and Soft Pull Credit Inquiries

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedThe formula thet generates a FICO credit score is made up of several components. Some of these components you would expect to see, such as paying your bills on time. But there is one component that takes a lot of people by surprise: credit inquires. A credit […]

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