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Seeking Financial Stability as a Gay, Non-White, Man of Muslim Faith

April 21, 2017
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So I got a pretty intense email the other day, and my gut said to share it here with y’all in hopes it broadens our perspectives more. We talk a lot about our dreams and perfect lifestyles that money brings, but something that’s easily forgotten is how important the *safety* and *security* money can bring is too. Especially for those with drastically different backgrounds than […]

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“How Do I Use This Money To Honor My Grandparents?”

February 8, 2017
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Got an email recently from someone and almost overlooked it as the title said something about asking my opinion on savings bonds, zzz… Fortunately I pushed through, and hidden inside was a lovely question about how to honor some gifts given to the person around 30 years earlier :) Here is the note below, followed by my kinda-sorta-could-be-good-advice afterwards? I’ll need your help coming up […]

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If You Can Afford to Spend It, You Can Afford to Save It.

January 23, 2017
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What’s up party people! It’s Monday – get excited!!! What’s that? Mondays are lame? Okay, let’s try it again – It’s Monday, y’all!! Check out this awesome new savings idea I just heard, along with a raw and transparent history of someone’s real financial life who just laid it all out in an email for us to gawk at today! Get excited!! Any better? :) If so, continue […]

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What Do You Wish You Would Have Known at 17?

August 29, 2016
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Got another juicy email from a reader and thought you’d enjoy the Q&A :) What would you tell this guy if you could?* (*you can – just leave your thoughts in the comments below! ;)) Hello… My name is Jonathan (stalk my Facebook if you like) and I need to get my life together. I have recently turned 17, reside in the UK and have […]

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UGHHH – How Do I Cash Out of This?

June 22, 2016
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That was the subject line of an email I just got. It was enough to get my attention, so hopefully it got yours too :) If not, I guess I can say anything I want right now and you’ll never see it? Hmm… YOU LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER!!! HA-HA-HA! I’m going to prank everyone tomorrow and you’re gonna fall for it! Everyone gets $100 today, except […]

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Returning Used Stuff – Cool or No?

June 15, 2016
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When I was a senior in college I needed a new boombox something bad. My old one had broke, and if I was going to pull off these epic parties coming up I had to get a replacement STAT. So I did what every college student does: I rushed out to Walmart, picked out the biggest most ridiculous looking stereo I could find, and brought […]

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How Can You Tell if an Experience is Worth it?

June 10, 2016
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Got a great email from a reader the other day and thought you’d want to chime in :) As someone who has just made a pretty big decision personally in the “experience” department (though one that actually pays vs the other way around! Haha…) it’s been something a lot on our minds too. Here’s the note/question: What up J$!  I read an article about 5 […]

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“I’m gonna live the life I want to live and nobody’s gonna stop me.”

April 27, 2016
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I heard you could use some mid-week motivation? :) Check out these notes from three different people who’ve stopped by this blog recently to share their progress and stories. Just further proof we all have it in us to rock this stuff if we really care enough to make it happen! And it doesn’t matter where you’re starting out either, so long as you actually […]

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It’s True: You Could Hire Someone to Pay Your Bills and Save Money For You

April 25, 2016
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If you ever wanted to throw in the towel and hand over your money to someone else to manage, there’s a group of people who will do this for you. They’re called Daily Money Managers, and they typically cater to the elderly, the wealthy, those who are too busy/too lazy, or pretty much any mixture there of. And the reason I know this is because […]

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When You Have That Epiphany…

April 6, 2016
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You know that time when money stuff finally clicks and you’re ready to kill it? Because you finally want MORE out of your life and you’re not stopping until you get it?? I do. It happened over 8 years ago when I, too, stumbled across personal finance blogs and then decided to launch one myself. And I’ve been more respectful to my money ever since! […]

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“I Used to Be an Anti-Money Anarchist”

March 23, 2016
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Okay guys, got a fun one for you today :) I don’t even know what to make of it all to be honest with you, but I loved reading every second of this and thought you guys might too. It’s an email shot over by a listener of our new podcast – M.O.N.E.Y. – and I find it all kinds of fascinating. Probably because it […]

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What Should I Do With My $200,000 Inheritance?

August 12, 2015
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Got one of those emails recently that you kinda wish happened to you, but also kinda don’t :) A reader has the fortunate problem of figuring out what to do with an extra $200,000 that came his way, and he was hoping to get some insight around it. I told him my answer would be pretty boring, so better that I share with everyone here […]

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“What The Hell Is a Wishing Well?”

April 27, 2015
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If you ever had to attend a wedding or any of the parties that surround it, you’re going to appreciate this email. If you’re the couple who’s referenced here, you’re probably not :) I want your comments/tips/thoughts afterwards! Hi there, I have a question for you. I have an engagement party this weekend. On the lovely commercially printed invite are the words “wishing well optional.” […]

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What I’ve Learned About Money Over 60+ Years

April 20, 2015
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Two of my favorite things about finance blogs are real numbers and real stories. And today we’re going to share a jam packed mixture of both :) This note you’re about to read was sent over by a new reader of this site who’s gone through an array of ups and downs throughout her lifetime, and was kind enough to let me publish this. She’s […]

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