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Closing on a House: Navigate the Home Closing Process Like a Pro

Closing a house is a long process, but it can go smoothly if you have the paperwork in order.

Some things, as they say, they don’t teach in school—especially when it comes to personal finance. Of course, that’s what this website is all about. Think about the first time you had to do your own taxes. Or figure out a proper investment plan. Or decide between term insurance and whole life insurance. Maybe you […]

Forrest Gump’s Lessons on Getting Out of Debt

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Note from David: The following post comes to us from blogging friend of mine Ben Edwards of Money Smart Life. Ben has recently published the book Debt Heroes featuring 21 inspirational stories from people who have gotten out of debt – including me. His book is free through tomorrow. — Forrest Gump was a runaway smash […]

Using a Credit Card Overseas: 15 Things to Know

Using your credit card overseas takes some careful planning before you travel.

While using a credit card while traveling is often smart, there are still things to be aware of. Tourists are often a target for thieves so be sure to carry your wallet in a way that will deter theft. Also, be aware of any changes in laws, such as a fee to use a credit card at the check out. Carrying some back up cash is also smart, just in case.

Get the Best Deal on a New Car with One Simple Email

Get the best deal on a new car by creating a public email bidding war among dealers.

How can you get the best deal on a new car? Learn how to send one simple email that will have car dealers scrambling to give you the best deal on a new car.

Funny Money: A Field Guide to Money-Sucking Friends, Family Members, and Acquaintances

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You know the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Remember the part at the end where it shows that no man is poor as long as he has friends? It’s all lies. Sure, there may be some people in your life who stand ready to shower you with money when you’re on the brink of losing […]

Garage Rock: 10 Tips for Making a Killing by Picking Garage Sales

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Looking to get your financial house in order? Pay close attention to one room: the garage. Garage sales prove financially smart whether you’re buying or selling; this week we’ll concentrate on the buying part. I’ve been a big fan of garage sales ever since I was in high school. My mom (who, yes, survived the Depression […]

♥ & $: Sometimes It’s About More Than Money — My Take On the Sheryl Sandberg Debate

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In 1996, I was invited to speak to an MBA class at my alma mater, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. They wanted to hear about my career as a marketing executive. I wanted to tell them about how hard it was to juggle two children and that seemingly successful career. After 45 minutes detailing […]

HBO ‘Girls’ and Money Quiz: Are You a Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, or a Jessa?

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The HBO show “Girls” has been called the “Sex and the City” of our generation. Years ago, fans of “Sex and the City” began asking themselves to which of the four female archetypal characters they most related. If you were a Carrie, for example, you always seemed to be picking the wrong guy. An eternal […]

Kapitall: Where Stock Trading Feels Like Gaming


Kapitall is an online stock broker with a twist — video game-like trading tools and free practice accounts allow investing newbies to hone their trading skills in a fun, easy way.

How Much Financial Help Should Parents Give 20-Somethings?

How much financial support should 20-somethings get from their parents?

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal spotlighted 20-somethings — including one 28-year-old attorney — who are still on their parents’ cell phone plans and Netflix accounts. At least through my mid-twenties, I got the impression most of my peers still received some kind of financial help from the bank of mom and dad – […]