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Archives for August 2011

Aurora Bank Review – Savings, Checking and CDs

There was a time not too long ago where I could walk down the street and have my local bank provide me a mortgage, savings and checking account and any size CD I wanted.  And, everything I mentioned had a good interest rate where I could make money with deposits and save money with loans.  […]

How to Have a Garage Sale and Price Your Items

We helped a family member out with a massive garage sale this past weekend. There were plenty of negatives which could have got us down and produced a bad turnout: it was tax-free shopping weekend, it was hot, and it rained. Still, we stayed positive, put in the hard work, and ended up making around […]

10 Places You Might Not Expect to Find a Job

There’s a huge demand for jobs right now. Unemployment is above 10% in some areas. I’m sure sites like and have never seen higher traffic. The newspaper classified section is the first thing on many people’s minds each morning. There are now over 100 million people using The traditional job search portals […]

Benefits of a 15 Year Mortgage

A month ago, when I announced that I’d refinanced my house, I had a few people in the comments suggest that I should have gone with a 15 year mortgage vs 30 year mortgage. If we were not changing this home into a rental property within 6 months, I would say they are right. It’s […]

PTM 019 – Event Marketing: How Applying for a Craigslist Job Led to Traveling the World and a Nice Paycheck

I’ve got a double feature for you today. First I’ve got an article from Phillip Hines, promotional model and event marketing freelancer. I follow that up with a podcast interview with Phillip where he tells me all about event marketing and how to get part-time jobs in the industry. Enter Phillip Hines… You never know […]

Things You Need for a Dorm Room

1. Linens. 2. Pillow. 3. That’s it. Seriously, besides your clothes and toiletry items, that’s all that you really *need* for your dorm room this Fall. Now there are some things that you could bring along that would make your room a bit more comfy. In fact, several online merchants have put together entire sections […]

Common Questions About 529 Plans and College Savings

With the school year right around the corner, now is a good time to start thinking about college savings. Have you heard about the 529 college savings plan? Are you curious if you should get started with one? I’ve had some questions come in lately regarding saving for education expenses using a 529 Plan. I thought […]

How to Change Your Bad Money Habits

All of us probably have habits we wish we could change. This likely includes money habits! If you are looking at your money habits, and realizing that you could be doing something differently, now is the time to do something about it. You can change your bad money habits, and replace them with better habits […]

7 Types of Office Space for the Upstart Entrepreneur

Over the past year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with different types of office space. I run a solo, online business. My office needs aren’t much. Still, I think it matters where you work. Don’t you? I’ve worked in my home (the bedroom, the loft, the kitchen table), the local coffee houses, my local […]

How to Overcome Frugal Fatigue

One of the issues that has arisen with the recent economic troubles (and is likely to rise again with concerns about the U.S. deficit and the recent S&P credit rating downgrade) is that of frugal fatigue. Many people began living more frugally after the 2008 global financial crisis, and continue making efforts to live frugally […]

My Refinance Experience with Quicken Loans [7 Simple Steps]

Browsing for Quicken Loans reviews? Here’s mine. We recently refinanced our mortgage. Doing so allowed us to lower our payment by $186 a month, and save $22,000 in interest payments across the life of the loan. I’m certainly pleased with the financial outcome of the refinance, and I certainly encourage you to check mortgage rates […]

Capital One 360 Now Has Checkbooks…Digital Deposits Coming Soon

Before today, if you used Capital One 360 checking, you had no way to conveniently pay for things like household services (i.e. the gardener, cleaning person, repairman, etc.), local donations (i.e. Girl Scout cookies, Church offering, etc.), and more. It was a real pain in the butt to have to keep a local brick and mortar […]