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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 …

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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 …

Why Coupons Might Not Work for Your Family

I’ve been on a quest this year to drastically reduce my grocery spending. I’ve taken extreme measures to save on food, from going vegetarian for weeks on end to eating a ridiculous amount of split pea soup. So far, I’ve been able to cut my spending to only $50-$60 a week for a family of four, …

The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a brothel was never part of Debbie Miller’s plan. But 25 years ago, in rural Ohio, there were few people who understood the distinction between a luxury bed and breakfast and a house of prostitution. “The local county commissioners had no idea what a bed and breakfast was,” says Miller. “And because it was a rarity …

Are 401(k)s Unrealistic? Only If You Are

In the past few days, three different readers have sent me a link to this great article from Fidelity entitled Five Habits of 401(k) Millionaires. The article offers up five suggestions for readers that will help you sock away a lot of money for retirement: 1. Start saving early 2. Contribute a minimum of 10% …

Categories: Retirement

Chase Ink Plus Review

If you’re looking for a business card that offers both extreme rewards and valuable perks, look no further than the Chase Ink Plus® Business Credit Card. Not only do you earn one point per dollar spent on all purchases made with the card, but you also get the opportunity to earn an astonishing number of points …

Why Taking a Lump-Sum Payout Makes More Sense Than You Think

When I was in sixth grade, a classmate’s grandma won a million dollars in the lottery. This made the front page of our small town’s weekly paper.  Even as a 12-year-old I knew that buying lottery tickets wasn’t a smart investment strategy, but one detail of the story that didn’t make sense was why the lady …

Categories: Investing, Retirement

Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in 2015

This is part of a four-part series on affordable online colleges and degree programs. The other articles cover affordable online colleges, affordable online master’s degree programs, and affordable online MBA programs. Our goal with this series is to help anyone interested in online education find the best programs for the money and walk away with …

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