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Get Out of Debt on Your Own: My Big Fat Guide to Kicking Your Debt’s Butt

If you want to get out of debt on your own (and quickly), I’ve got the post that will help you do it. Not someday. Not tomorrow. Right. Freaking. Now. Get your boots on. Warning: There's a lot of information here. I tried to make it as ski … [Read more...]

How to be Thankful, Wherever You Stand

For many of us, the holidays don’t just mean good food, warm eggnog and new memories with family and friends – they also bring serious financial stress. If you are already strapped, the financial strains of December – travelling, feeding guests and bu … [Read more...]

How to Buy Life Insurance Online

Last December, my wife and I welcomed our second child, Elliot, into the world. As parents, we are ecstatic but weary. As a no-longer only child, big sister Molly remains skeptical. They say that having two children is more than twice the work of … [Read more...]

Credit Karma: The Best Way to Get a Truly Free Credit Score

For better or worse, your credit score plays a big role in your financial health. So it's important to know your credit score and keep an eye on how it's changing over time. While most services charge upwards of $15-20 to view your own credit … [Read more...]

Capital One Venture Credit Card: Still Tops for Travel Rewards

Capital One Venture Card The Capital One Venture Card pays double miles for every dollar spent. There is a $59 annual fee after the first year. View details or apply Capital One VentureOne Card The Capital One Venture Card pays … [Read more...]

Use the “Savings Triangle” to Pay Down Debt Faster

When U.S. News  ran a story earlier this year about how I paid off $80,000 of debt before turning 30, I was flooded with emails from new and existing readers wondering how I did it. Even veteran finance journalists were curious. I’ve written a lot … [Read more...]

Lending Club Investing: My Review After Three Years as an Investor

Many years ago I wrote extensively about peer-to-peer lending and two companies in particular: Lending Club and Prosper. In 2006, I took out a Prosper personal loan to consolidate some credit card debt and it ended up being an important step in my … [Read more...]

Cheap Gifts: 53 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Yay for cheap gifts! Back by the overwhelming demand of anonymous internet searchers (who are already far ahead of their holiday gift planning than I am!), here's our list of no fewer than 53 inexpensive holiday gift ideas! Got an idea that's not … [Read more...]

How I Make Online Banking More Secure

In the wake of revelations that the National Security Agency is harvesting our online data, NPR is airing a series that describes "just how vivid the typical person's digital picture has become — and how easy it can be for others to see it". This i … [Read more...]

How to Buy an Engagement Ring Online

Recently I was reflecting on my experience shopping for Lauren's diamond engagement ring. (I proposed at Christmas, as many guys do, so I was shopping for the ring about this time of year.) As a result, I decided to revive this important post on … [Read more...]