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New Travel Cards Aim for Leisure Over Luxury

American Express and JPMorgan Chase have introduced a pair of co-branded airline cards with no annual fees and fewer frills. The new cards aim to

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Questions About Evil Index Funds, Stretched Belts, Debt Regrets, Grills, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

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Seven Vital Money Moves to Make in Your 40s

Many people find their 40s to be the best decade yet. You’re in your peak earning years, and the kids, if not nearly launched or

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A Beginner’s Guide to Lifelong Learning at a Minimal Cost

This is part of an informal series of posts where I outline how I’ve applied money-saving strategies to many of my hobbies without sacrificing what

09.08.17
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How I Get Focused for Great Professional and Personal Performance

During the school year, I typically have a roughly seven and a half hour window in which the house is empty and quiet and I

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The Five Year Question

For the last few months, I’ve been taking a new approach to almost everything that I do. With every dollar that I spend, with every

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Windfalls Aren’t Unlimited Money

A few days ago, I had a really interesting conversation with an old friend of mine from my childhood. I had gone back to my

09.06.17
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Hurricane Harvey: How to Donate Safely and Avoid Charity Scams

As Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas and Louisiana with deadly downpours, thousands of generous Americans responded with an outpouring of financial support. Unfortunately, times of crisis

09.05.17
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My 25 Favorite Money-Saving ‘Life Hacks’

My 11-year-old son loves “life hacks.” It’s become something of a hobby for him as he’s found lists of preteen-appropriate “life hacks” and has been

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Questions About Youth Sports, Cryptocurrency, Tipping, Convenience Foods, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

09.03.17
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Why You Need a Cash Cache

These days you can live a pretty much cash-free life. But it’s smart to have at least some greenbacks on hand for emergencies – a

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Stopping Online ‘Boredom’ Shopping

I’ve done it myself a few times. You’re sitting at your computer, or maybe tapping around on your phone. You don’t have much to do

08.31.17
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How to Find a Partner Who Is Money-Smart

A few days ago, I received a Facebook message from a reader looking for dating advice. She was looking for someone stable for a longer-term

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4 Ways to Avoid Paying Interest on Credit Card Debt

It’s official – Americans owe a ton of money in credit card debt. Actually, it’s more than a ton: it’s $1 trillion, which is even

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How to Get Over Feeling Envious of Other People’s Money and Success

It happens to most of us at some time or another. A neighbor will buy something extravagant, like a gorgeous new car, and you look

08.29.17
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The Battle Between Stress and Frugality

As I often do when I write an article, I start by making a list of all of the major points I want to cover,

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The Ultimate Military Discount Travel Guide (2017)

Millions of men, women, and their families have made daily sacrifices to ensure the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. There’s no denying that

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Questions About Emergency Funds, Haircuts, Kitchen Gear, Freemium Software, and More!

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