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Rolling in the Dough: How to Drive Your Car to 200,000 Miles

My white 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan, which I lovingly refer to as "the Lamborghini," has 156,712 miles on it, give or take. And I'm determined, come hell or high gas prices, to ride my beast to the 200,000 mile mark — even 250,000 if I can help i … [Read more...]

Facebook, Texting Increases Your Risk of Identity Theft: Here’s What to Do

As part of the under-30 crowd, readers here have more social media savvy than any generation in history. That's the good news ... now the bad: Social media and mobile platforms represent the new frontiers for identity fraud, according to a 2012 … [Read more...]

Turn up the Volume (And the Profits): How to Invest in Vintage Guitars

The adult world of investment requires lots of study, discipline and patience. But does it rock? Though I avoid absolutes when it comes to investing, I declare this without fear of error: No stock, bond or title ranks as cool as an investment you … [Read more...]

How to Increase Your Earning Power — and Free Time — with a Personal Assistant

Before I tell you about my personal assistant, why I have one, and the financial benefits of hiring one, I'm going to give you permission to make fun of me. That's right: Assume his name is Jeeves or Alfred, that I ask him to wash out my dirty socks … [Read more...]

Need Cash for a Start-up? Tap Your Alumni Club

As a graduate of Rutgers University, I've always had mixed feelings about my school. Rutgers did many things well during my undergrad years, but when it came to excellence, we only seemed to excel in matters that didn't matter, such as bureaucratic … [Read more...]

Considering a Move to the Suburbs? Here’s What to Look For

In mid-June, we treated Money Under 30 readers to our list of  "The 20 Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke and Single," and the response was phenomenal: more than 15,000 likes on Facebook, 900 Tweets ... and at least one amusing piece of hate … [Read more...]

The Not-so-empty Nest: Why One in Three Adults Under 35 Live With Their Parents

There's a one in three chance that as you're reading this — whether by tablet, smartphone, or a sophisticated-looking Mac laptop — a big part of your life remains somewhat unsophisticated and, well, maybe even embarrassing. Pssst: Your mom just cal … [Read more...]

Fix Your Own iPhone? Why Not — How to Save Hundreds with DIY Electronics Repair

That we live in a throwaway society hardly counts as news anymore, but it should. By conservative estimates, some 250 million computers became obsolete through 2010, making for a trash heap humongous enough to swallow the Silicon Valley. Now think … [Read more...]

The Bizarre World of Bitcoin Speculation: Should you Invest?

This column concerns a hacker, a McDonald's napkin, a coinage that looks like something you'd use to operate the skee ball machine at Dave & Busters and an economic meltdown in Cyprus. Many of these details we can verify; some we can't. But this … [Read more...]

Fast, Easy Ways to Make More Selling Your Stuff on eBay

What's the most valuable thing you can sell on eBay? Your Uncle Max's leather jacket in your walk-in closet? That box of Pokemon cards from your childhood? Or a 1950s Fender Telecaster that belonged to your dad, and now could fetch at least … [Read more...]