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400 free online courses with credits that can count towards your degree

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science …

Online Education

The 24 Rules for Success Left Behind by a Legendary Wall Street Banker

14. "Have some fun—but not all the time!"<p>Richard Jenrette, who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, spent four …

If You're Wearing an Apple Watch at Disneyland, This Cool Trick Will Blow Your Mind

Just when I thought I knew ALL the Disneyland tricks and tips, one of the park's PhotoPass photographers practically knocked my (millennial pink) mouse ears right off my head on my most recent trip with this genius hack. Before I get to the steps, you'll need to download the Disneyland app and have …

Here's How to Make Delicious Ice Cream at Home Without an Ice Cream Maker

When I was a kid, making homemade ice cream was never an option. "We don't have an ice cream maker," my mom would remind me all of the many times I'd …

I'm 28 and I've saved over $240,000 — here's what I've learned about money from tracking my net worth for the past 2 years

They say you learn something about yourself when you keep a journal.<p>If that's true, then I think just graduated to a PhD in Me Studies. Because for the past two years, I've kept a very detailed (and very public) online diary.<p>It's a unique type of diary though. In it, you won't find any juicy gossip …

Personal Finance

Grilled Mustard-Rosemary Chicken

Preparation<p>Heat a gas grill to medium high.<br>• Remove the tenderloins from the chicken breasts for more even cooking; reserve for another use. Put the …

A Better Way to Cook Chicken on the Grill

In his new cookbook, How to Grill Everything, Mark Bittman suggests another use for your grill's top shelf.<p>Grilling season is here, and with it …

107 free online courses from the best colleges in the US — including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Coursera was founded by two professors at Stanford University. Shutterstock/MintImages<p>Every year, US News & Reports releases its ranking …

Online Education

One-Pot Chili Mac: The Miracle Meal You Need to Make ASAP

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)<p>Chili mac is as retro a dish as it sounds. It was Tuesday lunch served by hairnetted lunch ladies in the school …

Cooking

How to make $400,000 a year writing about what you love — according to someone who's doing it

After posting my blogging income report from last year (where I made $401,681 with my blogging side hustle), I've been getting a lot of reader questions about how much money can you actually make blogging? I think blogging is the perfect side hustle because you can do it in your own time, you can …

Marketing

The $69 Disney World Add-On for Those Who Love Mine Train

Disney World is expensive. Okay, we’ve gotten that obligatory, expectation-setting statement out of the way, so let’s move on to the topic at hand of …

This hidden Apple Watch feature tells you if your workouts are doing any good

It’s all very well to know how far you ran, cycled and swam. But the whole point of exercise is not just to clock the miles. It’s supposed to make you more fit. So, how do you know if all those sweaty miles are actually doing any good? One way is by measuring your heart rate recovery …

33 Disney Quotes That Will Inspire You to Remarkable Success

There's a lot of wisdom in all those Disney films -- here are some of the best quotes to inspire you in business and in life.<p>As the Walt Disney Company gets closer to finalizing its acquisition of major portions of 21st Century Fox, I thought it would be a good time to remember some of the …

Walt Disney Company

5 Affordable Restaurant Franchises You Can Start for 5 Figures

If you want to make food but don't have the dough, these food franchises are actually accessible.<p>Starting a restaurant can be a risky proposition, in large part because of the high price tag associated with finding a physical location, buying equipment and hiring staff. Even restaurants with dollar …

Ice Cream

Disney's Apartment-style Hotel Rooms Are Its Best-kept Secret

If your ideal Disney vacation includes breakfast on your own terms and a living room to spread out in, that fairy tale can come true. Many of Disney …

He Went From Being Broke to Selling More Than $1 Million a Day in Real Estate

'Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles' star Josh Altman and his brother Matt built a real estate business that has sold more than $3 billion in properties. It wasn't easy.<p>If you like business lessons, real estate porn and a little drama, chances are you watch Bravo's <i>Million Dollar Listing Los …

Real Estate

Should You Pay Down Your Mortgage or Save for Retirement?

If you have a bit of cash each month to put toward your future, is that money best spent paying down debt or investing for retirement?<p>If you have a …

Personal Finance

With $4 million in funding, Kin wants to change how homeowners get insured

Insurance is one of those markets where startups see an opportunity to apply new technologies and data to lower costs and improve the consumer experience. And Kin Insurance is one of those startups that thinks it can do a better job of helping homeowners in particular get insured.<p>Kin was founded by …

A drone captured these shocking photos of inequality in Mexico's biggest city

Greater Mexico City is home to over 21 million people, making it the biggest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.<p>But the region is deeply divided between the haves and have-nots.<p>A mere four multimillionaires account for 9% of the country's …

All Flavor No Grease Makes Good With New Food Truck Rolling Through South LA

<b>A food truck for the people</b><p>Look who went and did it. After more than two years of saving up and honing skills, Keith Garrett — the impossibly charming man behind South LA street food legend <b>All Flavor No Grease</b> — has finally gotten his food truck, just months after getting shut down by the police on …

You can now shop for car insurance by chatting with a bot on Facebook Messenger

As Facebook continues to push and update its Messenger service to a growing audience, other companies are hopping on to see where the road goes. …

Recipe: The Easiest Chicken Pho You Will Ever Make (Really)

One of my best friends — let’s call her Lilly — is always trying to get me to go out for noodles. In the middle of July she’ll text, “Hey! Let’s hang out. I could really go for some soba...” In the dead of winter, when the sun sets on Manhattan at 4 p.m. I’ll see messages from her about a pho place …

Trump executive order takes first step toward killing the fiduciary rule.

Until Friday, it seemed like millions of retirement savers would soon be forced to suffer the indignity of getting investment advice that was …

12 Jaw-Dropping Stats About Social Security

You probably know that Social Security is a key source of income for most retirees. But here are a number of things you may not have known about the program.<p>IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES.<p><b>1. Nearly 61 million Americans receive Social Security benefits.</b> Not all recipients, however, are seniors. Retired …

Financial Advice For People In Their 20s: 5 Important Tips For Investing, Saving, Getting Out Of Debt For Millennials To Think About

<i>This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.</i><p>Many 20-somethings don't think about retirement, partly because it's so far away, and partly …

Becoming a Life Insurance Agent | Investopedia

The retail life insurance industry is not an easy industry to break into or succeed in. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were …

Insurance Industry

How to Cover Long-Term Care With Life Insurance | Investopedia

Did you know that 70% of people turning 65 today will need long-term care (LTC) at some point in their life? Long-term care isn’t just for the …

The Airbnb of the Insurance Industry? – Bloomberg

The Airbnb of the Insurance Industry?<p>The Airbnb of the Insurance Industry?<p>The Airbnb of the Insurance …

Insurance Industry

Google participates in Lemonade's $34M round

New York-licensed insurtech Lemonade continued to exhibit the stellar performance of its first year with the completion of a $34 million Series B funding round confirmed on Tuesday.<p>Participants included General Catalyst, Thrive Capital, Tusk Ventures, Sequoia, and GV (formerly Google Ventures), the …