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Trent Hamm

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The Simple Dollar
debt, budgeting, investing
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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There’s no doubt that any progress toward eliminating your debts is a smart move, both for your credit reports and your wallet. However, it’s even smarter to pay off your debts in the right order. Knowing which debts to target first, and which debts to leave for later, could potentially save you a lot of money, get you out of debt faster, and boost your credit score, too. Should you pay off ...
Posted: Nov 21 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Tiny homes aren’t just a fad anymore — what started as a way to lower mortgage payments and utility costs following the Great Recession has developed into a worldwide movement. And Google searches for “Tiny House for Sale” have grown a whopping 900%. If you’re looking to purchase or build a tiny house of your own, there are a few decisions you’ll need to make: Where do you want to ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 10:15 AM
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. Cheap turkey cooking' 2. Storing homemade soup 3. Flour differences for homemade bread 4. “Double your donation” to charities 5. Online services and sunk costs 6. Public schools versus private 7. Long term care insurance alone 8. Finding ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Cyber Monday deals are a great way to do your holiday shopping, and these six tricks will save you even more money! The post 6 Cyber Monday Shopping Tricks appeared first on The Simple Dollar. ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 8:00 AM
In the wake of the recent Equifax scandal, you might understandably be jittery about the safety of your money and your personal financial information. A lot has been written about what you can do to prevent hackers from opening new accounts and new lines of credit in your name. But a lot less has been written about protecting the money you’ve already saved and invested. Specifically, how safe is the ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 5:00 AM
With the holiday shopping season ready to wreak havoc on your budget, it’s only natural to look for new or different ways to save. Chances are, you’re gearing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday while simultaneously watching out for special promotions and last-minute deals. By the time all is said and done, we can only hope that most of us will check off our holiday wish lists without going too far ...
Posted: Nov 19 2017 @ 7:00 AM
For the last few years, I’ve done something of an “end of the year” review of my life. I take some time to sit down, take authentic stock of my life, look at what the last year has changed about me and my life, and figure out where I want to go from here. I do this in the form of a written “life plan.” I invest the time to ...
Posted: Nov 18 2017 @ 9:00 AM
The right credit card strategy can earn you hundreds in cash back rewards while shopping for gifts this holiday season. The post Credit Card Tips to Help Shoppers Celebrate the Holidays Frugally appeared first on The Simple Dollar. ...
Posted: Nov 18 2017 @ 8:00 AM
The stock market has been on an unprecedented run of success over the last decade or so. Here are the average annual returns of the S&P 500 over the last nine years: 2009 – 26.46% 2010 – 15.06% 2011 – 2.11% 2012 – 16.00% 2013 – 32.39% 2014 – 13.69% 2015 – 1.38% 2016 – 11.96% 2017 (so far) – 16.91% That’s a pretty impressive run. If you put $1,000 ...
Posted: Nov 17 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Several years ago, I wrote a review of Jacob Lund Fisker’s book Early Retirement Extreme and then followed it up a couple of years later. I found – and still do find – the book to be a very interesting mix of personal finance and philosophy, which together spells out a plan for low cost living with a thoughtful discussion of the ideas that underpin that plan. One idea that ...
Posted: Nov 16 2017 @ 9:00 AM


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