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Is Financing Furniture With a Store Credit Card Ever a Good Idea?

For many Americans, summertime means big transitions: new jobs, new cities, and often even new homes. And as just about any homebuyer can attest, a mortgage is often just the beginning in a series of sizeable new bills. You may need to make some immediate repairs, or you may need to buy new furniture or …

Inspiration from Carl Sandburg, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jon Ronson, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Eleanor Roosevelt on pushing your limits “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt One of the most …

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The Money Onion: Peeling Back the Layers of Personal Finance Success

One of the most interesting things I’ve found over the years of working on The Simple Dollar, charting my own financial progress and changes, and talking with countless readers is that personal finance is a lot like an onion. An onion? Yep. It’s like an onion in that it’s made up of a bunch of …

How Can Donald Trump Declare Bankruptcy Four Times… and Still Be a Billionaire?

By Doug Hoyes I took my family on a short vacation to New York City this summer, and we had the sense that Donald Trump’s name is everywhere.  There’s the Trump Tower, and more than one Trump hotel.  I even saw the Trump name on an airplane at the airport.  So how can this guy …

21 Best Small Business Apps

When you run a small business, you’re pulled in several directions every day. If the demands on your time feel overwhelming, take heart: There are thousands of productivity apps out there that can help you do everything from keep a neat to-do list to delegate tasks to employees and stay on top of your business …

Frugality, Financial Independence, and the Bigger World

Fairly often, I give interviews to media sources – newspaper reporters, radio hosts, and so on – where I share my story of financial recovery and how I managed to achieve it. Most of the questions are pretty straightforward, as they’re simply related to the story of my own life and some basic financial strategies. …

Personal Finance 101: What Is a Debit Card?

A debit card looks like a credit card — and functions like one at the cash register — but acts as a direct link to your bank account. When you pay for something with a debit card, the money for that transaction comes directly out of your checking or savings account, but you’re spared the …

How to Avoid Getting Cut by the Cutting Edge

When I graduated from college in 2002, smartphones were just beginning to become popular. There were several different types floating around out there, most with LCD screens that enabled you to check your email and send text messages, both of which were beyond the capacity of the “dumb” phones at the time. I immediately got …

20 Reasons Why You Need an Emergency Fund

If you don’t think you need an emergency fund, think again. No matter how financially prepared you are, life has a way of throwing curve balls that you never expect. Those “unexpected expenses” are the reason many financial professionals suggest keeping three to six months of expenses tucked away in a savings account or investment …

How to Negotiate Salary and Juggle Job Offers

You’ve got a job offer: That’s great, but now what? According to conventional wisdom, salary negotiations should be numero uno on your agenda. You weren’t going to automatically accept the first figure they offered, were you? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens much of the time. According to a survey of 2,000 professionals conducted by Salary.com, 18% …

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