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Don’t Jump Off the Investing Roller Coaster!

Investing in the Stock Market is a Course in Staying Patient. There’s an old saying that goes something . . . . Well, maybe it’s not that old. But it goes something like this. “You only get hurt on a roller coaster if you jump off.” And while you can’t actually jump off of a roller coaster, because you’re strapped...

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Debt is the Burden You don’t Even Realize You Have.

This post was originally published on Rockstar Finance as a part of a “Money Matchup”. You can read this post as well as the other side of the debate here. But if you only care what I think ;-), you can read my side of the matchup here. . . . Debt: The Burden and Lifestyle of the Middle Class...

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In Case of Emergency, Break Glass.

Emergencies Can Derail Your Life and Finances, So Learning How to Manage Them is Crucial. Let’s talk a little bit about emergencies. Emergencies are just a part of life. You can’t control when they come or how often. So what do you do when they happen? Are you prepared? I know I little bit about emergencies, as I’ve been through...

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Why Buying a New Car is Financial Suicide

Don’t Kid Yourself. Your New Car is Costing You More than You Think! I’ve previously written several articles about cars and the financial ramifications that come with buying one new or used. Check out these articles first . . . if you haven’t already read them. Car costs are impeding your ability to invest for retirement. With just your car...

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Life Lessons From a Server/Dishwasher.

Working a Non-glamorous Job Instilled in Me 3 Specific Life Lessons. My first job was as a paperboy. I learned quite a few lessons about money and life from that experience. You can read more about that job here. My next job, which was more like a real job, was as a dietary worker in our town’s hospital kitchen. Basically,...

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Buying Too Much House Will Make You House Poor!

Can You Be House Poor Without Realizing It? You know all about the “American dream”? A nice house with a nice, modest yard surrounded by a nice, white picket fence. There’s a lot of “nice” in there. It doesn’t always work out that way though does it? Chasing that dream causes some to overextend themselves, and they unintentionally become house...

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Money Mistakes We’ve All Made.

Some Mistakes are in the Past . . . And Some Are Yet to Come We’ve all made money mistakes. Some of us have made more than others. Hopefully you’ve learned from the mistakes that you’ve made. I certainly have learned from mine. You can read more about them here. In most cases, experience is the best teacher. In other...

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How Being Laid Off Became One of the Best Things to Happen to Me.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable in Life Because You Never Know what’s Right Around the Corner. At the end of 2017, the ‘company’ for which I worked let me go. I was laid off. I gave 12 years to that ‘company’. And then it was over. They closed our facility. Others who were laid off as a result of the plant...