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LOYAL3 Review: An Easy, Inexpensive Way To Begin Investing

One of the most common questions I receive is “I want to start investing, but I don’t have a lot of money and I have no idea where to start.” The investing world is intimidating. There are hundreds of brokers to choose from and tens of thousands of … [Read more...]

Put Your Money On Autopilot

If I've learned one new thing in six years of blogging about money, it's this: The most important factor in financial success is not having a budget, meticulously avoiding debt, or choosing the right investments. It is having a system that makes the r … [Read more...]

Should You Buy Or Rent?

For most of us, buying a home (or not) is the biggest financial decision of our young adult lives. There’s no easy answer to the question “is it better to rent or buy?” It depends on so many factors: Your age, your finances, your neighborhood, your … [Read more...]

10 Side Businesses You Can Start With Almost No Money

Astute readers of this blog will know that I advocate increasing your income more often than reducing your spending. It’s time to put my money where my mouth is with ten real side business ideas (not cheesy work-at-home ideas) that require little o … [Read more...]

The Annual Cost Of Pet Ownership: Can You Afford A Furry Friend?

Do you have friends who -- as soon as they moved into their first adult place of their own -- immediately went out and got an adorable puppy or cat? I sure do, because I was one of them. When I was 24 I moved into my first "real" apartment with my … [Read more...]

Personal Capital Review: A Powerful Free App For Independent Investors

Personal Capital is a free online and mobile personal finance and investment management app that’s been garnering a lot of fans both here on Money Under 30 and from Silicon Valley investors. I first found Personal Capital when we went looking for a … [Read more...]

How To Build Credit For The First Time

How do you get a loan or credit card? By showing the bank a good credit history that shows you're responsible paying loans and credit cards on time. Wait, what? How are you supposed to get approved for a loan or credit card if you've never … [Read more...]

Auto Financing For Smart People: Tips For Saving On Your Car Loan

Earlier this week I wrote about mistakes we make when buying a car. One of those mistakes is overlooking the importance of the auto financing in the overall cost of your new car. The example I gave is if you are buying a new Honda Civic, the … [Read more...]

How To Get Started With Sustainable Investing

When you begin investing, you need to learn a few basics about how Wall Street works. The ocean of available investment choices and conflicting advice is distracting and intimidating. Once you understand how to find a few mutual funds or ETFs that … [Read more...]

How Much Should You Contribute To Your 401k?

Ten percent? Twenty percent? More? Recently I wrote about the benefits of both 401ks and IRAs offer. We also looked at the emerging Roth 401k option and when it makes sense for young investors. But everybody’s next question is: “Okay, okay, but … [Read more...]