Retirement

taking a napWelcome to this week’s edition of the Carnival of Money Pros – Labor Day Edition! I just can’t believe the “unofficial” end to summer is here already. It’s been a great one for my family and I and while I am sad to see the warm weather to go, Fall is probably my favorite season. I hope that everyone takes the time to re-charge with the 3 day holiday weekend and come out swinging to better their lives and finances! Here are some great blog posts just to get you started.

Carol Serpa @ Grams Gold writes Americans Can’t Even Afford to Eat at McDonald’s – McDonalds Sales Down for 8 Months Plus This Shocking Fact about People Living in the Suburbs

Alexis @ FITnancials writes What You Need To Do When Moving To A New State – As most of you may know, I recently moved to Illinois and live in a western Chicago suburb. I had to do a lot of things before and during my move as well as after. There are still things that I have to do that I’ve yet to check off on my list.

Dave @ Gen Y Finances writes Cutting Your Food Spending When Going To Restaurants – I love going to restaurants. I love trying new meals and eating at my favorite restaurants often. However, it can be expensive to eat out often.

Karen @ 724 Credit writes Employment And Credit Checks – If you are applying for a job and the employer requests a credit check, they can’t do it without your permission, however, if you don’t give your permission that could be the deal breaker right there.

Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents writes How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost – If you’re looking to start a WordPress blog for cheap, then choosing Bluehost for your hosting needs may be your answer.

Michelle @ Diversified Finances writes How To Prepare For An Audit as a Freelancer – Okay, this is probably a post that isn’t exciting or fun. I’ve never met someone who thought tax returns were a fun subject (except for my tax professor I describe below), and I definitely have never met anyone who wanted to be audited.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Five useful tips to get the best holiday value for your money – I’ve never thought of us as rich. We are a middle class family, we have above average income and a healthy net worth. But rich we are not.

Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes Should You Take a Vacation if You’re in Debt? – Your debt is stressing you out. Work is stressing you out. And you just need a little break from the normal day to day grind.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes Amazon FBA: Finding Products to Sell – Even with a whole store of stuff to go through I found it pretty hard to find really profitable products that Amazon themselves weren’t selling.
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The Round Table – August 24, 2014

Well, my wife and I just attended our 2nd wedding in the span of 3 weeks. We now have some wedding free weekends until October when we go back-to-back. Right now I am heading out to Pittsburgh to see my best friend for a weekend full of fun! (Yeah I know it’s Sunday….our weekend will be Sunday and Monday haha!!) The weather here has been cool for August, makes me think that a hot spell is due either the last […]Read the full article...

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The Round Table – August 17, 2014

We’re back for another exciting edition of The Round Table. It took a few weeks off because, well, my summer has been busy as heck! Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) the busyness doesn’t stop until September, just to pick back up again! Anyways, the summer overall is going great. I’m just sad to see that August is already halfway over…Fall is right around the corner. One last note, The Plutus Awards have started. For those who do […]Read the full article...

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Mutual Fund Basics

Mutual funds have a long and storied history. In this post, I am going to give you a breakdown of mutual fund basics. Everything you really need to know about mutual funds is below. For the most part, I will touch on many areas and at times, will link to more in-depth posts that I have written about specific topics about mutual funds. So let’s get started on learning mutual fund basics. Mutual Fund Basics What Is A Mutual Fund […]Read the full article...

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Disadvantages Of Mutual Funds

I recently wrote about the advantages of mutual funds. Today I am going to talk to you about the disadvantages of mutual funds. As with anything in life, there are good things and bad things about mutual funds. It’s important to know and understand the downsides to mutual funds so that you can make the best decision for you and your money. Here are the main disadvantages of mutual funds and what you need to consider before investing in them. […]Read the full article...

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Advantages Of Mutual Funds

Mutual funds are a popular way to gain entry into the stock market today. With a small amount of money, you can own shares of hundreds of companies, regardless of their share price. But this is just one of the advantages of mutual funds. Below I present many of the advantages of mutual funds and why you should consider them as part of your investment portfolio. (In another post, I discuss the disadvantages of mutual funds.) 6 Advantages Of Mutual […]Read the full article...

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What Are Open Ended Mutual Funds?

When talking about mutual funds, the majority of time we are talking about open ended mutual funds. This is important to know because sometimes, new investors hear the term open ended mutual funds and think this is a new type of investment. It’s not. It’s just your standard mutual fund. What are the characteristics of open ended mutual funds and should you invest in them? I answer these questions and more below. Open Ended Mutual Funds An open ended mutual […]Read the full article...

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The Round Table – July 27, 2014

Welcome to another wonderful summer weekend!! If you remember a few weeks ago, I talked about our ordeal with Comcast. Well, surprise, surprise, we got the bill and wouldn’t you guess, it was wrong. So, after some more calls, we finally got it all straightened out. We are pretty confident that it is correct now, as we had them email us a copy and everything appears good. Now let’s just hope next month’s bill is really correct! Aside from that, […]Read the full article...

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Following Your Passion In Retirement

Making the transition to retirement can be a difficult one for some people. They spend 40+ years getting up every morning and going to a job that when they retire, they suddenly feel as though they don’t have a purpose. But they do have a purpose, it’s just that it is buried deep inside them. It’s called a passion. As we progress through life, some push aside their passion or their dreams because real life is happening and there are […]Read the full article...

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Mint.com Interview

I was recently approached by Mint.com to provide an expert interview with them regarding the topics of debt and investing. They reached out to me earlier this week to let me know that the interview has been posted on their website. So, for all of my readers that would love to read the Q & A session I had with Mint, be sure to click on the link below. Here is a small snippet: Jon Dulin isn’t just an experienced […]Read the full article...