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The 21st Century Wallet: Will Mobile Payments Go Mainstream?

When I set out to write about the pros and cons of mobile payment or electronic wallet technologies, I assumed it would be a simple and interesting subject. Interesting, yes. Simple? Not at all. Apple Pay, Google Wallet, SoftCard, and PayPal are some of the leaders in the emerging mobile payments field. But how might these …

Categories: Shopping, Technology

Six Big Financial Differences Between a Normal Job and Self-Employment

In 2008, I took the leap from a traditional white collar job into self-employment, mostly on the back of a small side gig I had built for myself that was mostly based around The Simple Dollar. It was a scary change, as I walked away from the stable salary and relative security of my previous …

Starting a Business? 12 Must-Read Books

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, reading is essential. It will change your world and expose you to new information, points of view, and ideas to help you see the world through a different lens and launch your business. According to the Harvard Business Review, all leaders are readers. Create the Reading Habit How …

10 Money Mistakes Most 20‑Somethings Make

Your 20s are a time of self-discovery, a time to mature and grow. Many people reach several life milestones in their 20s: graduating from college, buying their first home, getting married, or starting a family. But if you set aside all those exciting and momentous occasions, the best thing about your 20s might be this: You still have time. …

Best Frequent Flyer Programs of 2015

Other than shopping around, there are few ways to save money on airfare – that’s where the best frequent flyer programs come in. Fortunately, many airlines have created and implemented frequent flyer programs that aim to foster a sense of loyalty among their clients- and reward them with airline miles that can be redeemed for …

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30 Ways We Saved Money When Having a Baby

In 2005, Sarah and I had our first child. In 2007, we added another. In 2010, we added a third. Today, all of them have gone through their infant years (and their toddler years, for that matter). The fun part about having kids in consecutive order like that is that you have the opportunity to …

Categories: Family

Debt-Free Payment Methods: Alternatives to Cash

Whether it’s Target, Home Depot, or Sony, it seems like every couple of months another huge corporation is hacked, exposing vast amounts of customer information. So it’s no wonder more Americans are turning to cash for their spending needs. This solution has its own set of problems, as well as benefits. If you’re thinking of switching to a cash-only …

Make the Most of a College Job Fair

If your main goal after college is to land a job, attending a college career fair has to feel somewhat like visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Maybe not quite that cool. But it’s a great way to land or line up a job after graduation. The U.S. Department of Labor says that approximately 18% of …

Categories: Careers, Education

Questions About Ice Scrapers, 529 Changes, Freecycle, and More!

Questions About Ice Scrapers, 529 Changes, Freecycle, 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. Money slipping through the cracks 2. Car window ice removal advice 3. Freecycle question 4. Too much …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

5 Amazing Hotels You Can Book with Starwood Points

Despite what you may have heard, you don’t have to pay for a single hotel stay in order to begin racking up hotel loyalty points. Case in point: With the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, you simply need to meet a minimum spending requirement in order to earn a boatload of points. …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel