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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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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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Eight Money Mistakes the Middle Class Keeps Making
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About half of Americans lived in middle-income households in 2014, according to Pew Research. This demographic includes families with incomes two-thirds to double the U.S. median household income – or those earning between $42,000 and $125,000 (with cost-of-living adjustments for expensive metropolitan areas). America’s middle class includes teachers, firefighters, and plumbers, but also engineers, construction managers, and […]

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How to Budget On a Low Income
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Have you figured out what your financial goals will be for this year? Whether you want to pay off debt, save more, start investing, or just stop living paycheck to paycheck, you’ll need to start by creating a realistic budget to help you reach your goals. Back when I was in college and didn’t earn […]

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Questions About Bankruptcy, Cremation, Music, Philosophy, 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. Time for bankruptcy protection? 2. Alternative options for cremation costs 3. Tough decisions in retirement 4. Technical writing options 5. What’s next after […]

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The Pay Yourself First Principle – How to Make it Work
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One of the best habits I’ve created when it comes to personal finance has been paying myself first. Without doing this there’s a good chance my savings would be nothing and I’d live paycheck to paycheck, even though my income has increased a lot over recent years. This is because it’s super easy to fall […]

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14 Savings Hacks That Don’t Always Work
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Have you ever jumped through hoops to save money, only to find you paid more – or, wasted a bunch of time? Maybe you misread the terms on a coupon, signed up for a fake or deceptive promotion, or just made a poor decision. Either way, it’s frustrating when you discover your money-saving efforts weren’t […]

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Questions About Skillet Meals, Balance Transfers, Status Symbols, 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. Planning around low interest loans 2. Worried about financial crisis 3. Figuring out cremation costs 4. CPAs and taxes 5. Status symbols and […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 27): Handling a Crisis
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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 insurance options along with some strategies for maximizing the value one gets out of their insurance. Now, we’re moving on to a handful of […]

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Budgeting Made Simple With the 50-30-20 Method
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Have you ever wondered how much of your income should you be saving? I’ve offered some advice and suggestions on this topic before, but there isn’t really a one-size-fit-all answer for everyone. Saving is crucial if you want to meet your financial goals and be able to handle unexpected expenses without going into debt. While […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 26): Considering Insurance
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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 finished up our examination of investing and saving for specific goals with a broader look at saving for smaller goals, such as a car or […]

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