Sorry about the infrequent updates around here lately, it’s just been one of those weeks. Friday couldn’t have come soon enough. But, it’s finally here and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. But, I do have a couple of quick updates before heading into this week’s links.
1,000,000 Visitor Contest
If you subscribe to the newsletter, you probably saw that I announced an upcoming contest to celebrate reaching one million visitors. I did plan on getting that off the ground this week, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I’m still securing a few prizes, but you can expect that to take place next week. Wondering what I’m giving away? Here’s a hint: one of the prizes is made by Apple. More to come soon. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
I have a little side project going on right now of putting together an eBook. It’s going to incorporate some archive material along with some new content and will cover a lot of ground. It will be made available for free once completed, so again, stay tuned. More details and possibly even a few sample pages will be coming in just a few weeks.
Retirement Savings Options: 401(k) Matched, Roth IRA Maxed, Now What? – So you’ve done everything you’re told when it comes to saving for retirement, but want to do more. Where do you go from here?
Investment Strategies II – Active Investing – We hear a lot about buy and hold and more passive types of investing, but what about active investing? Is there any money to be made there, or is it a fool’s errand?
Save Money by Turning Off Your Television? – I’ll admit that it would be kind of hard to drop the TV. I could in the summer, but I need my football and hockey and spend quite a bit of time watching the Science and Discovery channel. You can’t get those without some sort of cable or satellite. How much could you save by turning off your TV?
Making Money With a Credit Card – Ahh, but credit cards are evil! Don’t use them! A lot of people will argue that you should never have a credit card, but they can be powerful tools when used right. And if you’re good, you can even use them to make money.
How Does Rebalancing Affect Return? – I’ve been meaning to cover this topic myself, but The Oblivious Investor has already done a good job. We’re always told we need to rebalance our portfolios, but what impact does that actually have on our returns?
Why You Need To Become a Real Estate Investor – If you own real estate right now and are trying to sell, you probably think real estate is one of the worst investments around. It’s true that we’re in tough times, but real estate can still play an important role in your overall portfolio when done properly.
Your Credit Card Minimum Payment Costs More Than You Think! – I can’t stress this enough. Minimum payments are terrible if you ever want to pay off your debt. Just adding a little extra to your minimum payment can shave years and thousands of dollars of interest off your total debt repayment.
6 Job Search Tips for New College Grads – Finding a job these days can be harder than ever. Especially for new college grads. Here are a few tips that can help young adults hit the ground running when finishing college.
Credit Scores & Interest Rates: Why Credit Matters to Newlyweds – Getting married, or just recently married? Make sure you and your spouse both know what’s going on with your credit scores. Joint finances can be great, but there may be some drawbacks when jointly applying for lending.
Why Australia?: Financial Implications Of Our Move Overseas – Ever wonder what it would be like to just pick up and move to another country? Not many people can pull that off. And what about money? Learn more about Man vs. Debt’s move to Australia.
The D2D Fund: Teaching Financial Literacy Through Casual Gaming – What? You can learn more about finances by playing video games? Well, it’s more likely than you think. Find out more.
Don’t Wait Until You’re 50 To Start Preserving Your Wealth – What does Generation X need to be thinking about wealth preservation for? It’s more important than you think, even if the thought of retirement and leaving money to your heirs is many decades off. Start thinking about it now so that you’re prepared for the future.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.