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20+ Ways to Make Extra Money to Pay Off Your Student Loans

You graduated college, started your career, but you still don’t have enough money to make headway with those student loans. While the best option would be to find a higher paying job or wave a magic wand — or find a magic job — that eliminates your loans altogether, there are some things you can do to …

Affordable Online MBA Programs

This is the final article in a series on affordable online education. We previously covered specifically online colleges and various degree programs, including online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you missed the other articles in this series, you can navigate to each of them here: most affordable online colleges, affordable online bachelor’s degree programs, and …

‘Freedom’ Money

I recently saw the film The Gambler, and one scene stood out at me, where John Goodman’s character describes his financial philosophy to the main character, played by Mark Wahlberg. Here’s that scene, but beware, the language here is very rough and very not safe for work. Here’s the idea Goodman’s character presented, reworded into …

Affordable Online Master’s Degree Programs in 2015

This is part of a four-part series that focuses on affordable online education, specifically online colleges and various degree programs. Other articles in this series cover the most affordable online colleges in general, affordable online bachelor’s degree programs, and affordable online MBA programs. We hope this series can help guide people who are looking for …

Five Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation

Planning a vacation and dreading all the costs? While there are many ways to spend less on vacation, there’s another route to try if you want to travel at a discount: Write off a portion of your trip on your taxes. The savings won’t be immediate, but you’ll appreciate them come tax time next year. The trick is, you’ll …

Categories: Saving Money, Taxes, Travel

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Master for Financial, Personal, and Professional Success

Yesterday, I addressed a great reader mailbag question from a parent who was worried about their 11th grade child being ready for college. I’m going to share the question (in bold) and the first part of my answer (in italics) below, because it forms a starting point for this discussion. Our son is a high …

50 Small Businesses You Can Start on Your Own

In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: It fills your time with something that you choose (and thus you enjoy) and sets up a potential long-term revenue stream. I also discussed how I got a side business going myself. But that was 2007, and …

Where Do Investment Returns Come From?

The whole point of investing is to give yourself the possibility of earning better returns than you can get from a savings account. If you can find a way to make your money work just a little bit harder for you, maybe you can reach those long-term goals a little bit sooner. But where do …

Questions About Wallets, Hybrid Cars, Procrastination, Personal Loans, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Tiniest food budget 2. Retirement income drop 3. Dealing with excessive email 4. Long-lasting wallet 5. Long-lasting jeans 6. Personal loan advice 7. Question about buying …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

Getting the Most Out of Your American Express Rewards Points

When it comes to earning points and miles, it often pays to focus on flexible, versatile points that can be redeemed in a number of ways. Fortunately, American Express offers its own flexible rewards program that allows consumers to earn travel rewards without being tied down to a specific loyalty program or travel currency. Here’s …

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