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You Don’t Have to Spend Top-Dollar for Cutting Edge Tech

There is no longer any good reason for you to spend top-dollar just to get your hands on cutting-edge tech. That is not to say that there are no good reasons to spend a little more than what is absolutely necessary. If you didn’t, you would never enjoy any luxuries, which are by definition, more than what is absolutely necessary. That said, there are different levels of luxury. One level is a category some call affordable luxury. There is a lot of room in this category for items that are, … Read More...

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Credit Card Crunch: How to Lose Wallet Weight and Feel Good About

We live in the age of plastic payment. Right now, the average American’s wallet is weighed down with at least four credit cards, and that doesn’t even count the debit and gift cards you have stuffed into the many folds. If you want any chance at carrying around a lighter load, you must seriously consider consolidating your cards. Fortunately, cutting back on your credit card spending is generally a smart financial move. Consider Your Credit Score Before you get out the scissors, you might want … Read More...

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Financial Odds & Ends: Vol. 5

It's hard to believe Fincon15 is less than a month away! This will be my second Fincon. I missed last year, but I was in St. Louis in 2013. It's a good time! Speaking of Fincon, much of what I'm doing this month and next is in financial preparation for my trip…so I present to you this week's financial odds and ends. The Dentist & Saving Money I absolutely love my dentist, but without having dental insurance, everything has to come out of pocket. So it's with a heavy heart that I'm skipping … Read More...

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Is Periscope a New Way to Market Yourself?

I decided to dip my toe into new waters and do a Periscope talk on Thursday, August 20th at 12 pm Pacific Time. What is Periscope and How Do I Log On? Periscope is a video streaming platform owned by Twitter…so if you have a Twitter account (not sure if you can log in some other way), you can download the app for free, follow people you like or know, and wait for them to stream something new. You can also look all over the world for something interesting to watch live. Just for sh*ts … Read More...

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The Thing You Can’t Live Without

Back in early April when I did my road trip to Utah, my iPhone died an untimely and painful death. My friend Megan and I were in Moab, Utah, and we had just left our campsite to cross the street to the Moab Brewing Company. What can I say? Megan and I really love a refreshing pint after a long day of driving and hiking. We enjoyed our food and our beer, then walked back to the campsite. When we approached the main road we had to cross, the light was starting to turn yellow, so Megan … Read More...

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Shopping Ban? Or Mindful Spending?

I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately, and wanted to write something, but I've always been a tad bit worried I might offend some people out there, especially bloggers I consider friends. It wasn't until I read this article about a woman who was doing a shopping ban, that I finally had to bring up the question: are people really doing a shopping ban, or is it just mindful spending? Shopping bans seem to be quite the rage lately, and can range anywhere from one month, to a year or … Read More...

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Career Spotlight: Financial Analyst

Choosing a career in financial services comes with many benefits. Salaries tend to be competitive, and job security is higher than average. However, there are some drawbacks, as with any career. Chief among them in finance are long hours and a competitive job market. That being said, if you enjoy researching and analyzing data, and want to be an integral part of the business landscape, this career might be right for you. So What Does a Financial Analyst Do, Anyway? Financial analysts work for … Read More...