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Nine Things We Look for When Buying Rental Property

When my husband and I bought our first rental property in 2007, we barely knew what we were doing. We saved up a large down

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Will the New iPhone 8 and iPhone X Be Worth the Investment? (Nope.)

A few days ago, I was reading the news when I stumbled on an article I found both interesting… and appalling. CNBC explained that the new

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When You Overspend: Five Steps to Recover from a Spending Spree

Have you ever spent more money than you planned? If you’re a human who has had money at any point in your life, the answer

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What Would You Do to Retire Early? Three Ways to Help Make It Happen

Most of us who read money blogs like the Simple Dollar do so because we have real-life financial goals. If you’re like me, your goals

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Six Home Improvements That Just Aren’t Worth It for Us

As someone born and raised and central Indiana, I have been spoiled with cheap real estate all my life. The first home we ever purchased

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Eight Cheap and Tasty Taco Recipes

No matter your ethnic background or where you live, it’s fairly safe to say that almost everyone you know likes tacos. They’re easy to make,

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10 Financial Advisors Share the Craziest Ways Clients Have Invested Their Money

Most people who hire a financial advisor do so because they truly need the help. They may have a complicated financial or tax situation, or

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Nine of My Favorite Recipes for Summer Garden Leftovers

Even though I’ve wanted a garden my entire adult life, I didn’t take the plunge until around five years ago. Before then, we just didn’t

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Outrageous Investing Fees You Should Never, Ever Pay

Worried about paying too much in investing fees? It might be time to take stock of your investments and their ongoing costs, then search for

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The Future Is Coming, Whether You Save For It or Not

When it comes to money and personal finance, there are so many behaviors that seriously grind my gears. For example, it bothers me when people

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Life Lessons Anyone Can Learn from a Lousy Job

If you’ve ever worked in a job that feels unrewarding, you already know how draining and soul-sucking it feels to spend hours wishing you were

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The Magic Math of Paying Yourself First

When my husband and I first started building a life together in our 20s, we treated our money the way too many young couples do: We

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Five Back-to-School Items I Refuse to Buy This Year

Is there anything that says “summer is basically over” quite like the arrival of next year’s school supply list? Since my children’s school follows a “modified,

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14 Things to Borrow, Not Buy

If there’s one thing no one ever tells you about adulthood, it’s how easy it is to accumulate stuff. Let’s face it: Many families have

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Why Making Trade-Offs Is the Most Important Financial Lesson I Learned

As an ’80s baby born to an insurance salesman father and a stay-at-home mother, I grew up watching my parents scrimp and save. My mother

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10 Fun and Frugal Ways to Beat the Rain on Vacation

You’ve spent months planning the perfect vacation, and it’s finally here. Your bags are picked, the kids are bouncing off the walls, and you’ve finished

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How to Make Money as a Pet Sitter or House Sitter This Summer

If you started summer with the goal of picking up part-time work, you might wish you had started searching sooner. While it’s still possible you’ll

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Why I Quit Having Garage Sales (and What We Do Instead)

Whether you’re trying to get out of debt or just need spending money, there’s something eerily satisfying about selling your unwanted “stuff” for cash. Your