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Friday, July 7, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of July 3 (37 clicks)
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July 7, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. ESI Money is done with Lending Club. Budgets are Sexy says maybe the life you've always wanted is buried under everything you own. Couple Money says don't let money ruin your marriage. Money Q&A; asks if pet insurance is worth the cost. Well kept Wallet lists 14 legitimate stay at home jobs. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Brita 5 Cup Metro Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, BPA Free, White . Used one of these on vacation and loved it. Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

Tuesday, July 4, 2020
How to Make Over $700k More During Your Career (14 clicks)
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July 4, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Here's a simple but effective way to earn over $700,000 more during the life of your career: Start at a higher salary Money Magazine listed a chart in its May 2016 issue that compared the career earnings of two people. They both got 5% annual raises during their careers. But one started out earning $35k a year while the other started at $40k. The difference in salary was over $700k throughout their careers. The person who started at $35k earned $5.0 million during his career while the person starting at $40k earned $5.7 million during hers. This is why it's... ... (more)

Monday, July 3, 2020
How to Make More Money at Your Job (19 clicks)
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July 3, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
The following post is from FMF contributor Brad Richardson. Many people dream of breaking out from the day-to-day job they currently have and becoming their own boss because of the promise of making more money and being in charge of their own lives. You know, a lot of those people end up back in a 9-5 job within 3 years because they didn??t have what it takes to make it as a business owner. Sure, a lot of people start and run successful businesses, but if you aren??t interested in taking a risk you might want to consider how you... ... (more)

Friday, June 30, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of June 26 (68 clicks)
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June 30, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. The College Investor tells how to retire ASAP. PT Money lists the small joys of early retirement. ESI Money interviews another millionaire. Bible Money Matters lists 10 free or cheap activities for adults this summer. Wallet Hacks lists 11 side businesses you can start for less than $100. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Google SEO for Bloggers: Easy Search Engine Optimization and Website marketing for Google Love . #nerd Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

Tuesday, June 27, 2020
The Impact Costs Have on Investments (26 clicks)
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June 27, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Years ago I wrote Costs Matter If You Want to Maximize Investment Returns. It was a summary from the great book The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing , one of the only five money books anyone ever needs to read. The bottom line: costs are one of the main determiners in how well an investment will do. The lower they are, the better. Money magazine covered this same issue in an old issue I found recently. They listed the results of investing $1,000 a month for 30 years with a 6% return rate. The only thing that was different were the... ... (more)

Friday, June 23, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of June 19 (24 clicks)
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June 23, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Millennial Money details how to retire in ten years or less. ESI Money tells how to retire on $1 million or less. Chief Mom Officer covers Tools of Titans. Gen Y Finance Guy says don't forget to build a life. Investing Sense discusses the great things about early retirement. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Fargo: Season 2 . Loved season 1!!! Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

Thursday, June 22, 2020
How to Calculate Your Insurance Needs (14 clicks)
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June 22, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
While making a budget is not always easy, it??s usually easier than sticking to it. The first rule of budgeting is to make one you can stick to, one that allows for a little splurge now and then. The second rule is to figure out what you need to spend money on such as rent, groceries, and life insurance. Many singles might put insurance further down the list. For many families, however, parenting includes accounting for the unexpected. The DIME Formula In the past, a rule of thumb for deciding how much life insurance to buy was to multiply your... ... (more)

Tuesday, June 20, 2020
Are You Happy at Work? (19 clicks)
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June 20, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
I was looking through an old file of articles the other day and found one from Money Magazine. It was written in September 2014 and asked readers a variety of questions. The first was "How do you feel about your job?" 42% said, "My job is okay." 22% were retired or unemployed 20% said, "I can't stand it." 16% said, "It's my dream gig." Some thoughts: Of the people with jobs, the vast majority said their jobs were simply "okay." Basically they mean, "I don't like it that much, but I need the money so I stick with it." Only... ... (more)

Friday, June 16, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of June 12 (32 clicks)
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June 16, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. PT Money has an interview with ESI Money. ESI Money gives thoughts on picking the right early retirement health insurance. 1500 Days lists things to miss about work. The Retirement Manifesto discusses the one more year syndrome. Dough Roller tells how to live on a budget. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Google SEO for Bloggers: Easy Search Engine Optimization and Website marketing for Google Love. It was recommended by a friend and sounds really good. Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

Tuesday, June 13, 2020
What It Takes to Retire (20 clicks)
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June 13, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Money recently posted a piece on early retirement. Within it, they listed a chart titled "What it takes to retire." The chart lists the lump sum needed to retire at various ages and desired incomes. Here's a summary of that chart: Desired annual income of $50,000 -- Retire at age 45: $1.9 million -- Retire at age 55: $1.7 million -- Retire at age 65: $1.3 million Desired annual income of $75,000 -- Retire at age 45: $2.9 million -- Retire at age 55: $2.5 million -- Retire at age 65: $2.0 million Desired annual income of $100,000 -- Retire... ... (more)

Friday, June 9, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of June 5 (28 clicks)
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June 9, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Centsibly Rich details what you need to know about money if you just graduated. ESI Money interviews a millionaire with a low income. Investor Junkie lists the highs and lows of P2P investing. The Green Swan has a FIREside chat with The Retirement Manifesto. Mr. 1500 bought a hot, new car!!! Finally, my future purchase of the week is You Must Write a Book: Boost Your Brand, Get More Business, and Become the Go-To Expert I'll be ordering it later today. Heard the author on a podcast and can't wait to... ... (more)

Tuesday, June 6, 2020
How's Your State Performing? (15 clicks)
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June 6, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Not too long ago I received an email from WalletHub with a couple of survey results. The first listed 2017??s states with the best and worst taxpayer ROI. The best ten are: 1 - New Hampshire 2 - South Dakota 3 - Florida 4 - Virginia 5 - Alaska 6 - Colorado 7 - Utah 8 - Missouri 9 - Texas 10 - Nebraska And the worst ten are: 40 - West Virginia 41 - Vermont 42 - Nevada 43 - Wyoming 44 - Delaware 45 - Arkansas 46 - New York 47 - California 48 - New Mexico 49... ... (more)

Sunday, June 4, 2020
Three Ways to Pay Down Debts (22 clicks)
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June 4, 2020 at 1:40 pm ET
The following post is from FMF contributor Brad Richardson. It always seems like no matter how hard we try, we can??t get ahead of our debts. They are always there, looming in the background, taunting us and reminding us of our spending sins. You know the only way to pay down your debts is to actually just start paying them, right? It??s not rocket science. People would like you to think it is, because if it wasn??t hard, we??d all be debt free. The truth is that paying down your debts, while it can take a while, is not impossible.... ... (more)

Friday, June 2, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of May 29 (26 clicks)
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June 2, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. ESI Money tells how peak performers earn more. The Retirement Manifesto details how to move your retirement from good to great in seven days. Mama Fish Saves says investing is not gambling. Chief Mom Officer interviews a millionaire mom. Physician on Fire shares the story of Dr. Moneybags. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War - PlayStation 4 I can not wait until this game comes out!!!! Loved the first one!!! Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

Tuesday, May 30, 2020
How to Save on a Cruise (19 clicks)
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May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
We took cruises towards the end of the time we lived in Michigan to help break up the winter. So when I saw this post on how to save on cruise costs I just had to check it out. The ones we used include: 1. Book Far in Advance 5. Take Advantage of Wave Season (Jan-Mar) 8. Avoid Cruising on Holiday Weekends 13. Avoid Cruising on New Ships 14. Cruise on Refurbished Ships 18. Minimize Spending Onboard the Ship Some comments on these: We booked far in advance because we wanted a certain cruise and a certain cabin on the... ... (more)

Friday, May 26, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of May 22 (33 clicks)
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May 26, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. ESI Money says you need a margin of safety in retirement. ChooseFI does some career hacking. Centisbly Rich tells how to use money as a tool. The Green Swan wonders if you have tax efficient investments. The White Coat Investor asks if you should take some money off the table. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Instant Read Meat Thermometer - Best Digital Cooking Thermometer with Long Probe, Backlight and Talking functions - Mister Chefer Electric Food Thermometer for Kitchen and Outdoor Cooking I need a new grill thermometer... ... (more)

Wednesday, May 24, 2020
The First Financial Metric: Net Worth (17 clicks)
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May 24, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
The following is an excerpt from the book Set for Life. One??s net worth is simply the number of assets one owns, minus the debts one owes. Folks track net worth in a variety of ways, and have a variety of theories about the best way to do this. Here??s a common example of how a typical American might track his net worth: Sam has the following assets to his name: ? A Honda Accord worth $20,000 ? A home worth $300,000 ? $7000 in cash ? $200,000 in retirement savings in a 401(k) ? Total assets: $527,000 Sam also... ... (more)

Monday, May 22, 2020
Frugal Spending Habits of Millionaires (25 clicks)
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May 22, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
As a contrast to high earners who can't control their spending, here's a post on the frugal spending habits of millionaires. The highlights of how rich people spend: 8% shopped at Goodwill stores 20% used coupons 64% said they lived in a modest, middle-class home 28% mowed their own lawn to save money 44% only purchased used cars 19% managed their investments themselves ?? they did not use financial advisors in order to save money 60% said they were frugal with their money 81% used credit cards that offered reward dollars. This way they could get something for free 41%... ... (more)

Friday, May 19, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of May 15 (20 clicks)
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May 19, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. ESI Money tells how to retire on $1 million or less. Mama Fish Saves gives advice to first-time homebuyers. Miss Mazuma covers the three money tiers. Life Zemplified asks if you are spending your health on money. Gen Y Finance Guy says cars are expensive. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Rain Hat, Khaki/Java, Large I need a hat that blocks the son and stores in a backpack -- this looks like a good one! Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

Wednesday, May 17, 2020
The Single Biggest Retirement Mistake (17 clicks)
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May 17, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Money lists the single biggest retirement mistake as follows: The single biggest retirement mistake I see is that retirees don??t set aside funds for income during the early years of their retirement. They go directly from accumulating retirement funds to withdrawing them. And that can be a big problem. I'm not sure this is the single biggest mistake, but it's up there. I would say the biggest mistake is not saving enough. THEN it's not developing sources of retirement income. It's true that for most of our lives our investments are in growth mode and invested in things like index... ... (more)

Monday, May 15, 2020
Activities that Grow Your IQ (27 clicks)
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May 15, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Here's an interesting piece from Rich Habits that says your IQ is not fixed at birth. He then goes on to list some activities that can increase IQ. Here are some of them: Reading to learn Auditory learning Visual learning Studying (Semantic Memory) Learning a new language Utilizing a new language through repetition or absorption in a new country Traveling ?? exploring different parts of the world and different cultures (Episodic Memory) Learning a new skill Novelty Daily exercise Engaging in athletic activities Practicing a skill, new or old, repetitively Creative pursuits such as writing, painting, music, engineering, building design,... ... (more)

Friday, May 12, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of May 8 (19 clicks)
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May 12, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. The Retirement Manifesto covers the growing problem of never being able to retire. ESI Money asks what are your three money truths. Centsibly Rich lists three books that help make positive change. Chief Mom Officer tells how her free dog cost thousands. Money Boss discusses retirement and life expectancy. Finally, my future purchase of the week is Osprey Packs Skarab 32 Hydration Pack, Carbon Grey, Medium/Large . Only question: black or blue? ;) Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

Wednesday, May 10, 2020
Retirement by the Numbers (16 clicks)
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May 10, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Vanguard shares seven retirement milestone numbers https://personal.vanguard.com/us/insights/article/retirement-numbers-052016 as follows: Age 59½: Withdraw from your traditional IRA without being charged a penalty Age 62: Become eligible for reduced Social Security benefits Age 64¾: Enroll in Medicare Age 65: Medicare begins; Sign up for Medigap Age 66??67: Reach Social Security full retirement age Age 70: File for Social Security if you haven't already. Age 70½: Begin required minimum distributions (RMDs) My plans for each of these: I have a significant amount invested in my IRA, but still have several years before I can access it freely. I will likely wait until full... ... (more)

Monday, May 8, 2020
Five Debts to Tackle Before You Retire (65 clicks)
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May 8, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Bankrate lists the five debts to tackle before you retire as follows: Mortgage debt Credit card debt Student loan debt Auto loans Medical debt This is a weak article IMO. Instead it needs to be titled "The Five Debts You Must Eliminate Early if You Ever Want to Retire." Most, if not all, of these debts need to be long gone well before you retire. If they aren't, guess what? You're not going to retire. Here's what I recommend: Get out of all your debt as soon as you can because debt costs a fortune and will hold you back... ... (more)

Friday, May 5, 2020
Star Money Articles for the Week of May 1 (17 clicks)
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May 5, 2020 at 5:05 am ET
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Debt.com talks about an early 50's retiree. 1500 Days has come full circle. ESI Money says to make small progress every day. Physician on Fire gives thoughts on real estate crowdfunding. Budgets are Sexy tells the story of working on Wall Street. Finally, my book of the week is The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy . One of the best personal finance books ever IMO! Have a GREAT weekend!!! ... (more)

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