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Is a Balance Transfer Worth It? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions First

Struggling with credit card debt? You've likely been pitched (and perhaps considered) moving your debt to card with a 0 percent teaser APR using a balance transfer. Is that smart? Are balance transfers worth it? You'll want to double check to … [Read more...]

Pay Yourself First!

Want to spend ten minutes doing one thing for your finances that will have an absolutely MASSIVE impact on your ability to spend less, save more, and reach your goals faster? If you answered yes, then it's time to pay yourself first. The … [Read more...]

Where Should You Invest First? Your Company’s 401k or an IRA?

Decoding retirement savings is as thrilling as an all-day cram session for a standardized test. I get that. But just like that grad school exam, your future depends on it. A few weeks ago, I sent my focus group a quick survey on 401k plans. I knew … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Anything (Even if You’re Shy or Afraid)

If I were selling a tool you could use to earn more money, pay less for things you buy, and get your way more often, would you be interested? I hope so. Fortunately, I’m not selling anything. This tool is free; it’s called negotiation. In the … [Read more...]

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 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...]

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...]

Your First Investment Account: In Search of the Friendliest Brokers for New Investors

Here are two questions I get all the time: “Okay, I know I need to open an IRA. But where? E*Trade? Fidelity? My local bank?”“How can I start investing with just $500?” Today, I’m going to quickly tackle both. If you’ve been holding out on star … [Read more...]