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A Deeper Look at Check-Cashing Services: Do They Really Provide an ‘Alternative Banking’ Opportunity?
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A couple of weeks ago, Business Insider published an amazing article by Alex Morrell on check cashing that I think is well worth everyone’s time to read: An Ivy League professor who spent four months working in a South Bronx check-cashing store says we’re getting it all wrong. The article focuses on the research of University […]

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How to Write a Great Simple Business Plan for a Small Side Business
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Several weeks ago, I wrote an article on starting a side business as part of my larger 31 Days to Financial Independence series. In that article, I advocated strongly for writing a business plan for even a small little side gig: “Develop a real business plan for each idea. Take each of those three ideas […]

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Questions About Treasurys, Beards, Market Peaks, Camping, and More!
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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Morality of government Treasurys 2. Several loans with equal interest 3. Leaving New York 4. Camping or glamping? 5. Journal suggestions? 6. Frugal beard […]

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How to Become ‘The Millionaire Next Door’
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One of the most influential books I’ve ever read in terms of shaping my thoughts on personal finance and helping me figure out what to do. This is one of a few books I read at my financial low point, along with Your Money or Your Life and The Total Money Makeover, that really helped […]

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Questions About 401(k) Fees, Razors, Camping with Kids, and More!
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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. 401(k) fees and other options 2. Personal finance book recommendations 3. Roth IRA, 401(k), and taxes 4. Learn how to program cheaply 5. […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 21): Starting a Side Business
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we examined strategies you might want to use if you’re looking to move on to a better job. Today, we’re going to to take a different […]

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