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Where To Put Your Money

Where you should put your money depends on when you need it.

People ask me this all the time: “Dave, I’m sick of getting a crappy one percent APY on the money in my savings account. How can I earn a better return?” My response is always another question: “What’s the money for?” Where you should save or invest your money depends entirely on when you need […]

Extreme Couponing: Are These People Brilliant or Just Plain Crazy?


I’ve been hearing a lot lately about extreme couponing. The hit reality show on TLC and dismal economy seem to be driving interest in this phenomenon that takes clipping coupons to, well, extremes. (This is not the neatly-organized coupon folder your mom used to keep.) Extreme couponing is a hobby less about saving money and […]

Financial Checkup: How Should Erik Balance Savings Goals with $110k of Student Loans?

Erik Income Expenses

Prioritizing your financial goals in your 20s is tough. There are a lot of competing goals when you are just starting out. Down payment for a house, a wedding, student loans, emergency fund savings, and retirement are all demanding your money. What do you do first? Here’s our advice to Erik!

Why So Many People Are House Poor and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate

Wouldn’t it be nice if buying a home were as easy as walking into a store and out with a new smartphone? Unfortunately, it’s hardly so simple. As I’m finding out, getting ready to buy a home requires a ton of preparation (not to mention saving). But as I give this decision a lot of thought, I’m still […]

How Much Is Your Home Worth?

Millions of you want to know the answer to one seemingly simple question: How much is my home worth? Sadly, in many cases, the only simple answer is “much less than you paid for it.” (Go ahead, you can share your story in the comments. This should get ugly quick.) But just how much have […]

When to Get a Credit Card, When to Use It & When to Cut It Up

Adopt Me! When's it time to bring home a credit card?

Love them or hate them, credit cards are a fact of financial life. They can make tracking spending effortless. Just as easily, they can blur the line between how much money you have and how much you can spend—plunging you into debt. And even avoiding credit cards altogether is not without risk; you may need credit […]