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How Much Money Can You Make in the Freelance Economy?

Freelancers, contractors, gig workers — whatever you want to call us, it’s estimated that 40% of workers will be freelance by 2020. While I’m a freelancer by choice (and I absolutely love it), I’ve also experienced some major hurdles with self-employment. The picture isn’t so rosy for everyone. For many people,…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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These Insurance Policies Aren’t Worth Your Money

In a way, insurance is the least satisfying thing you can spend your money on. You buy it with the hope that you’ll never need to actually use it (and if you do use it, it only gets more expensive). On the other hand, insurance is satisfying because it gives you peace of mind. But […]

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These Insurance Policies Aren’t Worth Your Money

In a way, insurance is the least satisfying thing you can spend your money on. You buy it with the hope that you’ll never need to actually use it (and if you do use it, it only gets more expensive). On the other hand, insurance is satisfying because it gives you peace of mind. But […]

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Here’s How Easy It Is to Switch to a Credit Union 

There are a few ways credit unions differ from big banks, which might make them a more attractive option. The problem is, switching over seems like a huge pain. We’ve told you how to do it, but here’s the thing: most credit unions come with “switch kits” that make it dead simple to move your […]

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How to Deal with Resentment When Your Friends Make More Money Than You

You might remember that Friends episode in which the broke friends—Rachel, Joey, and Phoebe—get annoyed at their wealthier counterparts for always suggesting expensive outings. “Like we can afford to go here and there,” Joey complains. Life doesn’t work out as neatly as sitcoms, of course, so financial resentment can…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What Happens to Your Credit Score When You Transfer a Balance?

If you want to pay off your credit card debt faster, you might transfer your balance to a low-interest (or better yet, zero-interest) credit card. It’s not a move you want to make lightly, but it can be a useful hack. And surprisingly, it might actually boost your credit score.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Much Money You Need to Make to Move to Your Dream City

Despite the fact that they’re ridiculously expensive, cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are also hugely populated and growing. They’re great cities with a lot to offer, sure—but how much should you earn if you want to make the move?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Find and Purge Unwanted Recurring Charges with This Virtual Assistant

Most of us are guilty of having subscriptions for services that we no longer need or use (or possibly didn’t even know we had in the first place). Sometimes we keep them around because it’s the path of least resistance or because “cancel Ancestry.com” has been languishing at the bottom of our to do lists […]

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Why Early Retirement Isn’t as Awesome as It Sounds

Most people have a hard enough time envisioning retirement at all, much less early retirement. Despite that, many workers have managed to quit their jobs and achieve financial independence by age 40 or even younger. Sipping drinks on the beach all day at the ripe old age of 30 sounds incredible, but there’s a downside…Read […]

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June’s Money Challenge: Cut the Cost of Your Credit Card

With credit card interest, you literally pay to be in debt. It’s how credit card companies make most of their money. If you’re paying off any credit card debt, this month, we challenge you to call and ask for a better rate.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What to Do When You Need $100, Fast 

A new poll from Bloomberg suggests that almost half of Americans would have a hard time affording a $100 emergency, like a speeding ticket, medical bill, or other unexpected expense. Consider the idea that maybe this says less about the financial habits of Americans than it does our garbage economy.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Colleges Are Using Price Discrimination—Here’s How to Fight It 

You want to go to Tokyo, so you hit up Google Flights and do some research. Tickets are around $800, but you close your browser window and decide to look again later. A couple of months pass, and those same flights are now $1,200. What gives? It’s called price discrimination, and colleges use the same […]

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Colleges Are Using Price Discrimination—Here’s How to Fight It 

You want to go to Tokyo, so you hit up Google Flights and do some research. Tickets are around $800, but you close your browser window and decide to look again later. A couple of months pass, and those same flights are now $1,200. What gives? It’s called price discrimination, and colleges use the same […]

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