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Wedding Expenses: Worth it or Worthless? Thoughts on What Counted on my Big Day

If you’re planning a wedding—or even just imagining getting hitched anytime soon—the thought of paying for all that stuff can be overwhelming. The list of typical wedding expenses is long, and few are cheap. Now that it’s been a bit more than a month since my wedding, I’ve been reflecting on the experience and have […]

How This Blog Earns Six Figures (And You Could Too)

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When I was 25, I was $80,000 in debt and working both a full-time job and 25 hours at Starbucks on nights and weekends just make a dent in my bills. Despite a grueling schedule, I wasn’t satisfied with how quickly I was making progress. Which is why I also spent hours every week building this site […]

Willing to Bare It All? Get Your Financial Questions Answered

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Do you have a financial question you want answered? Want somebody to look at a snapshot of your finances and give you a checkup? Volunteer for a public Financial Checkup. For the longest time I’ve considered doing a regular segment that involves readers, either something like Simple Dollar’s Reader Mailbag or Get Rich Slowly’s Ask the Readers. […]

The Start-Up That Thinks Quality Investment Advice Shouldn’t Just Be For Rich People

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The majority of the financial services industry pays little attention to young people. For example, unless you’re sitting on a seven-figure trust fund, the best financial advisors probably won’t return your calls. (And you should be wary of those who do, especially if they’re hawking life insurance policies to you when you’re 24, single, and […]

Buying a Short Sale: Is It Worth It? (And Does It Really Take Six Months?)

Many U.S. real estate markets are flooded with short sales and, according to the National Association of Realtors, that number is only expected to increase in the near future. So if you’re in the market for a new home, there’s a good possibility that you’ll fall in love with a home that’s listed as a […]