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Why it seems like everyone else can afford the things you can't

You're pretty sure these people don't make a lot more than you do.<p>So how are they able to spend that kind of money?<p>Maybe they're up to their ears in debt, or they're trust fund babies, or they'll never be able to retire. Or maybe they've figured out the secret to money, which is: You can have …

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think | Inc.com

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon is quite simple -- through air traffic control and the inertial guidance system, pilots are constantly …

Self-improvement

3 smart investments you can make with just $500

You don't need thousands of dollars to get started investing.<p>If you want to get started investing but don't have a ton of money to invest, don't let that fact discourage you. While it's true that you need at least a few thousand dollars to create a properly diversified portfolio of individual …

Investing

I'm a personal finance expert — here's the letter I wrote my wife on how to spend my life-insurance money

You know what's kinda-sorta-but-not-really ALSO awesome? Dreaming up all the things your <i>family</i> can do when you die and leave them all that life insurance money.<p>Because if there's anything worse than dying itself, it's dying and then having to deal with a bunch of financial problems while they …

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Top 10 Hacks for Having $1 Million for Retirement.

Spend less than you earn, especially when you start earning more, and you are halfway to being rich.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Hopefully everyone answered yes to that question about becoming a millionaire. But for many of us that may sound like a pipe dream.<p>The …

The 13 worst money habits of 20-somethings — and how to fix them

Saving for retirement or financial goals may be the last thing on your mind as a 20-something — but when it comes to managing money, your 20s are a critical decade.<p>Time is on your side when you're young, and a head start in saving and investing could set you up for a wealthy future.<p>To get on the …

I became a millionaire in my 30s, and here's the best advice I can give you about investing

In their 50s or 60s they realize they'll need to work until they're so old and sick that they just can't work anymore. This is a s----- life, and I want something better for you.<p>I just read the book "The Millionaire Fastlane" by MJ DeMarco. He talks about two ways to build wealth: the slow lane, …

Personal Finance Q&A: Taking out a loan to boost credit scores

<b>Dear Liz:</b> I have little to no information — good or bad — in my credit reports. I am considering obtaining a secured loan from my credit union to establish better credit. Does it make any difference to my credit score if the credit union reports the loan as "secured"?<p><b>Answer:</b> Credit scores don't …

Personal Finance

Why You Need to Perfect Your Credit Score -- No Matter How Strong Your Finances Are

If you have some rough spots in your credit file, you already know how costly it can be. But many people think that as long as their financial history and current situation is solid, they don't need to be concerned about their credit score. In reality, this isn't true. No matter where you stand on …

New Year's Resolutions: Six Ways to Hack the 52-Week Money Challenge

New Year’s is nearly upon us, and with it the chance to start fresh and make some changes in our lives. The most common New Year’s resolutions this …