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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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Does SodaStream Save Money?

Apparently, quite a few people either received SodaStream machines for Christmas or else have family members that received one, because I’ve received a ton of questions regarding SodaStream machines in the past few weeks. Most of them are pretty similar to this one from David: My wife and I received a SodaStream machine for Christmas. …

Categories: Frugality, Meals

Buying a House? How to Save for a Down Payment

By Peter Miller Saving for a new home has just become easier. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they will now buy mortgages with as little as 3% down, a big drop from the old 5% minimum. Even though conforming loans are now easier to get because down payment requirements have been reduced, there’s …

Categories: Housing, Loans, Saving Money

Guide to the Gift Card Economy

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gift cards continue to be one of the most popular presents to give and receive. According to a study by CEB Tower Group, Americans loaded over $124 billion onto gift cards in 2014, much of which was gifted in the form of “e-gift cards” or mobile gift cards. But gift …

Handling Unhappiness Without Breaking the Bank

Most of the time, I’m pretty happy with my life. I have a great wife and wonderful children. I have a burgeoning social network and plenty of hobbies that fulfill me. I like the area where I live. I’m pretty happy in most regards. Still, there are times where some aspect of my life will …

Categories: Getting Started

Three Reasons Teachers Make Good Investors

The average Wall Street bonus was $172,860 in 2014. That’s just a bonus — and it’s more than three times the average high school teacher’s annual salary of $55,000. And yet, America’s teachers have reason to feel pretty smug right now beside their financial industry peers. Sure, summer’s coming, and with it more than two months of guilt-free vacation for most teachers, …

Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2015

Finding the most affordable online colleges comes down to looking for the best value, not just the lowest cost. You want to get what you pay for and then some, especially given that any degree is a two or four-year investment. That means that to find the best online schools for your money, you have …

Five Reasons to Love a Clothing Swap (and How to Host Your Own)

I’ve always loved to shop. And I’ve always really loved to shop for anything wearable. Cowboy boots and maxi dresses. Cozy sweaters and dangly earrings. Button-downs and scarves. If it goes on my body, I’m hooked. But however you feel about shopping, I imagine you understand the excitement of having a new-to-you jacket (or statement …

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