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Questions About Inheritance, Old Money Books, Fidgeting, Pickles, 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. Inheritance question 2. Converting attic into extra bedroom 3. Tempted by individual stock investment 4. Staying motivated at work 5. Fidget “spinners” or […]

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Best Travel Credit Card for 2017
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Airline cards, hotel cards, travel rewards cards… frequent travelers have many options when choosing a new card. While some travel cards offer redemption options like gift cards, merchandise, etc., you’ll usually get the most favorable redemption rate when redeeming points for travel. Some travel cards also offer a higher rewards rate on travel-related purchases. The […]

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Here’s How Much Your Insurance Goes Up After an Accident
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Planning to file a claim with your auto insurance? If so, you should brace yourself for higher premiums. This warning comes courtesy of a joint study between InsuranceQuotes and Quadrant Information Services. According to the data, drivers who made claims in 2016 saw their policy premiums increase by an average of 44.1%. The study looked at the […]

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Jewels of Financial Wisdom From Ancient Religious Texts
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There are a few basic tenets to follow if you want to grow your wealth without compromising your integrity: Save more than you earn. Watch out for debt. Live simply. Don’t be greedy. Give back if you can. Remarkably, these foundations were being discussed by the ancient thinkers who wrote our most famous religious texts. […]

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12 Non-Financial Books That Will Help You Cultivate a Mindset of Financial Independence
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Over the years, I’ve written about many personal finance books that have been incredibly valuable to me and to many others in terms of helping them figure out their finances and build a path to a strong retirement or even to financial independence / early retirement. Perhaps the most in-depth list was this one, where […]

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Six Simple Steps for Cooking at Home If You’ve Never Really Done It Before
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Several years ago, I wrote a brief article on the first steps someone should take if they’re new to cooking at home. For some reason, I spent half the article outlining reasons why someone might be new to cooking at home, citing statistics about fast food and takeout use. Suffice it to say, many Americans […]

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Some Thoughts on the Battle Between Minimalism and Preparedness
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One of the biggest struggles I have in my life is this constant battle between two guiding values: minimalism and preparedness. I see great value in both of these things. In minimalism, I see the value of having fewer things to worry about and take care of, leaving me more time to actually do things […]

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Best Rewards Credit Cards of 2017
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If you want to earn rewards quickly (who doesn’t?), it’s important to choose a card that aligns with your spending habits and goals. With the number of cards out there, it can be difficult to narrow down the options — but don’t worry. We’ve done the research to make finding your ideal rewards card quick […]

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Five Salary Negotiation Tips for People Who Hate Talking About Money
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Not negotiating salary when you accept a job offer can cost you up to $1 million over the course of your career. Still, many workers hesitate to ask for more money, either when they negotiate a new offer or at review time once they’re on the job. In fact, 57% of workers have never asked […]

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How Important Is It to Have Multiple Streams of Income?
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Last week, I posted an article about how busy people can build new income streams, and a reader sent in a great follow-up message that I wanted to address in detail. Here’s (most of) that message: “I’ve been thinking about this more and more and my current hypothesis is that whether you should commit to […]

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9 Tactics for Figuring Out If You Really Need a Tempting Purchase
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It’s a pretty familiar feeling for everyone at some time or another in their life. You’re doing some household chore and you realize that having some particular item would make this task more convenient, so you add that item to your shopping list. Or, maybe, you’re at the store and you see something that is […]

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