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Stocks, Mutual Funds, and Retirement Accounts: A Beginner’s Guide

Often, I believe, the greatest barrier to entry into investing is not knowing quite where to start. There are all these different kinds of accounts and acronyms with their own advantages and disadvantages. It all seems overwhelming and everybody recommends doing different things. So, where to begin? Let’s take a step-by-step approach and work our […]

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Insecurity is an Expensive Flaw

Last week, my wife and I enjoyed a week in the tropical Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic, with another couple. We sipped Piña Coladas and relaxed on the white sandy beaches, occasionally immersing ourselves in the clear blue ocean water that puts our American East Coast beaches to shame. Thanks to a Groupon all-inclusive deal, […]

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Work While You’re at Work

If you work a desk job like I do, it’s only a matter of time before you’re going to be tempted to surf the web and relax during your less pressing times. Maybe things are slow, you’re so overwhelmed you don’t know where to begin, or you look around you to see that your co-workers […]

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Production Beats Consumption

This past Christmas, my younger brother decided he didn’t want his Xbox One anymore, so he generously let me have it. Having not played in at least 5 years, I was excited to buy the game “Halo 5”, to relive the fun of playing with my friends and other brother. I had played earlier versions of Halo […]

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Why I’m Considering Using a Donor-Advised Fund

In a previous post, Double Your Donations for Free, I talked about how you should check if your employer has a gift-matching program for donations made to nonprofit organizations. While I’ve been taking advantage of this program for giving to certain organizations, I forgot to include the caveat that some employers’ gift-matching programs only match donations to […]

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Why I’m Okay with “Losing” $3000 in a Week

The sky is falling! At least, that’s what you would think if you read financial news headlines after the S&P 500 dropped over 3% in just one day last Friday. “Stocks are freefalling!” read one particular article I came across. I’ve felt the hit a little, myself. I saw our investment accounts drop around $3000 […]

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The Holy Grail of Frugal Drinks – Homemade Iced Tea

After diligently searching Amazon and making trips to both Walmart and Target tonight, I finally found it – the perfect pitcher for iced tea. Our plastic pitcher was starting to show signs of cracking, while at the same time I’ve been reading about the negative effects of using hot water in plastics (chemical leaching). It’s […]

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Stop Renting Your Cable Modem from Comcast

It recently came to my attention that Comcast just bumped up the price of renting a cable modem from $8 to $10 per month. This is insane! $8 was already a rip-off and a massive scam to begin with. Did you know that you can buy a perfectly good cable modem from somewhere between $40 and […]

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Our Trip to Italy and Greece – Part 3

At long last we boarded our plane. We climbed into our seats, which held a pair of headphones and a blanket to ease our overnight flight. Each seat had its own small TV and a surprisingly impressive selection of new movies to choose from, free of charge. After the plane lifted off the ground and the […]

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Our Trip to Italy and Greece – Part 2

It was the day we had been anticipating for the last two months. Friday, March 27th had finally arrived. On this beautiful, sunny day which barely required a fleece, I couldn’t help but reflect on how perfectly everything had seemed to fall into place leading up to this point. The weather bolstered our optimism and bode […]

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Our Trip to Italy and Greece – Part 1

My wife and I dreamed about the possibility of traveling to Europe since we were dating, but it always seemed so far out of reach. It remained a bucket list item for “one day” after we had a house and kids, a vague idea for an undetermined time in the future. Then, one night I […]

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My Kiva Microlending Experience

Around the world, there are countless people for whom a small loan of $50 to $1,000 can make a life-changing difference. In many cases, these loans allow them to grow their business exponentially or to complete their education. The problem in many developing countries is that poor people lack access to capital which would help […]

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Dollar Shave Club – Deal or Gimmick?

After seeing Dollar Shave Club’s hilarious YouTube commercial and periodic Facebook ads, I decided to give them a shot. I have a bad habit of waiting way too long to replace blades, leaving me with a patchy shave at best and an occasional nicked chin at worst. When I did replace my razor, I usually […]