Archive for May 2013

How to budget without regular paychecks

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This post, written by Michelle Sheiman, is from our partner site LearnVest. Successful budgeting tends to depend on two things: careful planning and a steady income. The first, anyone can do. The second isn’t so simple. If you’re self-employed, you might be asking yourself: “But I don’t have a regular paycheck coming in. Can I […]

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Published on May 31st, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - One Comment
Filed under: Planning,Working
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What do you do with your windfalls?

Written by William Cowie - 6 Comments

This post is from new staff writer William Cowie. A few weeks ago, the lottery jackpot was almost $600 million. Did you buy a ticket? If you’re like millions of others, the answer would be yes. As the size of the jackpot climbs, more people buy tickets. Why? The “big pot” Powerball ticket costs the same ($2) […]

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Published on May 29th, 2013 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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Don’t believe the bull

Written by Richard Barrington - 12 Comments

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. Have you got bull market fever yet? Its symptoms are giddiness and a blurring of reality. It happens when the stock market has had such a run of success that investors start to imagine just what kind of riches it would create if that run just kept […]

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Published on May 27th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 12 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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How I cut my spending in half to take a job I loved

Written by ecannon - 9 Comments

This article, by Ainslie Simmonds, as told to Libby Kane, comes from our partner site LearnVest. In 2009, I was a very senior executive celebrating my fourth anniversary at a brokerage firm.  I was working about 70 hours a week, managing 80 people and traveling to the company’s other offices (two of which were cross-country) 3-4 days a […]

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Published on May 24th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life,Working
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Working longer: Fallback or fallacy?

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 6 Comments

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele. The following has occurred to me countless times; maybe it has you as well. Perhaps you’ve even been the one to utter those oft-repeated words. Two or more people are talking about how far behind they are in saving for retirement. They’ve saved so little, in fact, that […]

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Published on May 22nd, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Working
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More money, more happiness: Do you think money can buy happiness?

Written by Suba Iyer - 18 Comments

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer. Money and its effect on happiness is one of those topics that has been discussed over and over again. Yet, the topic fascinates the academic community and the research continues — with contradicting results every few months. The latest finding in this genre of research comes from […]

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Published on May 20th, 2013
Modified on May 13th, 2013 - 18 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life
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Overdraft fees soared to $32 billion in 2012

Written by ecannon - 5 Comments

This post, written by Anthony Fontana, is from out partner site QuickenLoans.com. Nobody likes wasting money, do they? Actually, according to a news report from Moebs Services, banks, credit unions and thrift institutions made $32 billion on overdraft fees in 2012. That’s right, $32,000,000,000! That’s a lot of zeros. The 2012 numbers represent an increase of […]

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Published on May 17th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Banking
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How do you combat prom inflation?

Written by William Cowie - 6 Comments

This post is from new staff writer William Cowie. Prom inflation? There’s such a thing now? Seriously? Yep. Visa evidently thinks prom spending is significant enough that they’re spending money doing an annual survey about how much people are going to spend on proms. The 2013 report just came out a few weeks ago. What did […]

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Published on May 15th, 2013
Modified on May 28th, 2013 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Consumer,Family & Life,Polls
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How should you choose a bank? Look in the mirror.

Written by Richard Barrington - 8 Comments

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. I was recently interviewed on the subject of online banking, and the reporter asked a very direct question: is online banking better than traditional branch-based banking? It’s a fair question given the information we were discussing. This included surveys from MoneyRates.com that show online banks consistently having higher […]

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Published on May 13th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Banking
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The cost of clean water

Written by ecannon - 8 Comments

This post, written by Aaron Brandt, comes to us from our partner site QuickenLoans.com. In order to survive, we need water. However, the water we drink could actually harm us. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tap water can contain contamination from natural chemicals and minerals, viruses, bacteria, parasites, pesticides and even sewage overflow. […]

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Published on May 10th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 8 Comments
Filed under: House & Home
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