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Suze Orman Trumped Us All

Paula Pant’s Afford Anything podcast recently featured nationally-known personal finance guru, Suze Orman. (Paula conducted the interview very professionally!)  Suze seemed to show some serious HATE for the FIRE movement or the idea that you can retire early after achieving financial independence.  Ostensibly, Suze thinks we’re all making a huge mistake trying to achieve financial independence …

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Making a Budget That’s Actually Helpful

You’ll often hear Mint touted as a good free budgeting tool within the personal finance community and in my opinion, it is a very nice free tool.   But I think to get the most use from it, requires a bit of customization.   Let me share my strategy for how to use budgeting software to actually …

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Is Betterment’s New “Smart Saver” Plan Really Smart? How to Beat It.

Disclaimer:  I have an affiliate relationship with M1 Finance and may earn a commission on referred new accounts over a certain amount. I’m not a professional financial advisor so always consult with a professional before making any investment decisions to make sure you do what is right for you. Betterment just rolled out a new “Smart …

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Mint vs Personal Capital: Why you actually want BOTH.

Disclaimer: I’m an affiliate of Personal Capital so I may receive a commission if you sign up and link an investment accounts over a certain amount.   You may receive a call from Personal Capital soliciting you to try their paid services but you’re not required to sign up. If you’ve followed many money management sites …

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The Easiest Quick $20 You Can Possibly Make.

This is simply too easy to pass up.    If you sign up for Personal Capital FREE service and link an investment account, you get a $20 Amazon gift card the next day.  That’s it. There’s more to say but it’s almost not even necessary.   Personal Capital is a nice free service I’ve used for …

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Earnings from Three Months of Blogging

Tell anyone you’ve started a blog and you’ll inevitably get the question about how much money you’re making blogging.    It’s pretty straightforward to answer how much money I made THIS MONTH.  But it’s not easy to determine how much money you CAN make from blogging or how much you’re likely to earn in the …

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M1 Finance compared to alternative robo-advisors

Is M1 Finance a Betterment Killer?

Signs are pointing to “YES”. There’s s quite a few brokers in the “Robo-Advisor” market these days.  Wealthfront and Betterment were among the first.   Vanguard has an offering.  Fidelity and Schwab do as well.    I’ve even read recently that E*Trade has jumped on the bandwagon.   I have experience with Wealthfront and Betterment and I …

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Getting Pickpocketed by your Employer’s Retirement Plan?

After leaving a previous employer, it’s going to be tempting to just kick back and relax for a while. The 9 to 5 weighs on your soul and after a termination your brain probably needs to unwind. It’s healthy to unwind a bit. But after a week or two of relaxation, travel, Netflix binging, or …

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Avoid paying off your ARM Mortgage for this one reason.

If you’ve hung around the personal finance communities long enough you’ve probably come across articles that vie back and forth about the rational direction that new money should flow when a mortgage is involved. Pay down the mortgage or invest new money?  Hmmmm. This blurb isn’t about that discussion.   This is about a rather coveted …

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