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Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Retirement Manifesto details what Baby Boomer women need to know about their finances. Mama Fish Saves lists nine summer date ideas under $9.  ESI Money tells how to save on food costs. Centisbly Rich turned a profit by building a handmade gift. Financial Samurai says to rent luxury and buy utility. For my purchase of the week -- just bought an item similar to the LG LP0817WSR ...
Posted: Jul 21 2017 @ 5:05 AM
In the February issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine they asked their readers how they used their rewards credit cards. The results: 62% use cash back cards 38% use travel rewards cards Of those who use cash back cards, here's how they use them: 10% on gas 4% on groceries 86% on other Some thoughts from me: I am with the crowd and prefer cash back cards to travel cards. Why? Because I want the money -- and ...
Posted: Jul 18 2017 @ 5:05 AM
Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. ESI Money got a car for $10. Wallet Hacks lists the best online high yield savings account banks.  Physician on Fire tells us to declare our financial independence.  Retire by 40 says to enjoy the journey to FI. Big Law Investor welcomes us to the new rich. Finally, my current reading list includes Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. ...
Posted: Jul 14 2017 @ 5:05 AM
Money magazine gives some interesting thoughts on buying a house you can afford and how much it will save you as follows: The standard rule of thumb for how much house you can afford is 28% of gross monthly income. But who says you have to spend all 28%? Using this rule, a person making $80,000 could afford a $1,900 mortgage. Based on a 30-year loan at 4.25%, that puts the price ...
Posted: Jul 11 2017 @ 5:05 AM
The following post is from FMF contributor Brad Richardson. Two things in life are a given: death and taxes. No one looks forward to either, but there are ways to make the latter a little less painful. Obviously, seeking a professional opinion is necessary when considering your taxes, but here are some tips on how to maximize your tax return. Jointly or Separately? If you are married, you are most likely filing your ...
Posted: Jul 10 2017 @ 5:05 AM
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 ...
Posted: Jul 07 2017 @ 5:05 AM
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 ...
Posted: Jul 04 2017 @ 5:05 AM
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 ...
Posted: Jul 03 2017 @ 5:05 AM
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 ...
Posted: Jun 30 2017 @ 5:05 AM
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 ...
Posted: Jun 27 2017 @ 5:05 AM


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