April M. Zepeda

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3 Easy Ways to Roast Corn in the Oven in Under 30 Minutes

Of all the ways we cook corn, none is more underrated than roasting. Boiling is the quintessential method, while microwaving and grilling hold their …

6 Things Financial Planners Want You to Know About Investing Money

When I graduated college and landed my first full-time job, I knew I was supposed to save money. I cut costs everywhere I could—bearing a lengthy …

The 20 Ways You’re Doing the Wrong Thing for Your Lawn

Maintain your lawn by learning how to avoid common mistakes.<p>Taller grass means a healthier lawn. It shades the soil surface, keeps the soil from …

From next year travellers will have to pay a tax to LEAVE Japan

With Japanese tourism booming, it’s unsurprising that national lawmakers are looking for ways to make money. Now they’re planning a new departure tax which will come into effect on 7 January 2019.<p>Dubbed the ‘sayonara tax’, it will affect everyone – both foreigners and Japanese travellers – who …

A Guide to the Rainy Season in Japan

Japan is well known for its rainy season—the period that is referred to as both <i>tsuyu</i> and <i>baiu</i> in Japanese. As a nation made up of several islands, …

Six Tips to Save Big on a Trip to Tokyo

Tokyo isn’t typically a destination for budget travelers, according to Jonathan Alder, a travel agent and Tokyo expert. “Hotels, dining out and transportation are all quite expensive in the city, but you don’t need to have deep pockets to have an upscale trip,” he said. Here are some of his best …

Japan

12 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Tokyo

Tokyo is a massive metropolis with many corners to explore. But with its array of parks, frenetic markets and ancient shrines in stark contrast with …

Japan on a Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Japan Cost?

Before we visited Japan, we always heard about how expensive Japan was. We weren’t sure how much to budget for two weeks in Japan and we were afraid …

A Guide to the Otherworldly Island of Yakushima

The small, remote island of Yakushima, which lies off the southern coast of the southernmost of Japan’s four major islands, Kyushu, is shaped something like the Hawaiian isle of Kauai. And just as on that other circular bit of rock over 4,000 miles away across the North Pacific, visitors arrive …

Travel Japan in Super-Cute Style on the Hello Kitty Bullet Train

If you’re a fan of Japan’s super-cute Hello Kitty character, a ride on the new Hello Kitty-themed <i>shinkansen</i> might just make it to the top of your bucket list. Due to make its first journey on June 30, 2018, the bullet train’s exterior and interior will be decked out in all things pink and …

Japan

The Weirdest Things to Do in Tokyo

Japan has a solid reputation as a place with lots of fun and unique stuff to do, from trying strange food and drink, to using futuristic toilet …

15 tips for traveling to Japan for the first time

Japan is a fascinating destination and a trip to Japan was on our bucket list for quite some time. In March 2018 we realized our dream and we went to …

Here are some overlooked ways to make your money last in retirement

The Federal Reserve rate hike of a quarter point should be good news for retirees, industry pundits say. But those experts also say you may want to …

When you write your will, don’t mess this up

Two chores that most people gladly put off: The first is writing a will—and the second is updating it to reflect changed circumstances. Either way, …

12 Simple Ways to Enhance Curb Appeal

Real estate professionals talk about curb appeal a lot. It’s what makes a house attractive and inviting. Here are 12 ways smart landscaping can help …

The 20 Best States for Your Retirement

People approaching or just starting retirement may have plenty of life experience under their belts, but many are enjoying at least one brand-new …

4 Financial Goals You Need to Meet by Age 40

Is that milestone birthday approaching? Here are some money moves to make before you get there.<p>They say 40 is the new 30, but regardless of whether …

How to Invest -- in Stocks, Bonds, Retirement Accounts, and More

Investing in stocks and bonds is easier than you might think. Here's how to get started and some investment strategies to consider.<p>If your retirement …

7 Surefire Strategies To Build Massive Wealth According to the Top 7 Finance Books

<i>“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” -Jim Rohn</i><p>One morning …

Rental Property Buying And Managing Guide To Earn Greater Returns

Real estate is all about asymmetric risk and reward. When the government gives you subsidies in the form of mortgage interest tax deductions, a …

The 50 Best Decorating Tips of All Time

Sorting socks, reading <i>Infinite Jest</i>, decorating our homes: Some things, simply put, are never finished. In the hopes of helping you decorate savvily …

Home Decorating

This Japanese Budgeting System Could Be the Key to Saving Big Bucks

Forget apps that track your expenses for you. Forget Excel spreadsheets that require meticulous data entry. Forget email notifications of your bank …

Here’s a First Look at Moshi Moshi Tacoma’s Noodle-Filled Menu

Yesterday Eater shared news about Moshi Moshi’s big debut to the public in Tacoma (110 N Tacoma Ave.), and today presents a very first look at the menu, filled with Japanese dishes made entirely on-site, from ramen noodles in vegan broth to miso, vinegar, and shoyu.<p>Chef Aaron Grissom, who’s leading …

11 Proven Ways to Boost Your Retirement Income

It can be challenging surviving in retirement on a fixed or limited income. Fortunately, there are strategies to employ now or later that can beef up …

Retirement

Warren Buffett's 10 rules to get rich

At first I thought the manager of my local Jimmy John's was just a huge Warren Buffett fan. But then I did some research online and I found out that this same plaque can be found in Jimmy John's restaurants all across the country.<p>Why are these plaques in Jimmy John's? Well, that remains a mystery. …

Investing

This Little-Known 401(k) Trick Can Open the Floodgates to Roth IRA Savings

Go beyond well-known strategies to boost your savings -- if your employer does one simple thing.<p>There's a retirement crisis in the U.S., with …

Retirement

What Is a Roth IRA?

The Roth IRA is the golden child of the retirement planning world. Investors, financial advisors and online brokers have been singing the praises of …

8 Reasons You'll Regret Buying a Home With a Swimming Pool

Buying a home with a swimming pool in the backyard will certainly score you bragging rights around the neighborhood. However, there's much more to …

Swimming Pools

20 Common Investment Mistakes

I often find myself disagreeing with materials produced by the financial planning industry, as most of their material is geared toward people signing …

Investing