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This crazy retirement scheme makes you richer when other people die

Tontines could be the future of retiring in the US.

A report from the Washington Post's Jeff Guo on Monday introduced us to this seemingly hair-brained scheme that at least some people think might be the future of retiring in America.

So what's a tontine? Basically, it is a pool of money you get back …


New Ways to Ensure Steady Income During Retirement

Money-management firms are searching for new answers to an old question: How can retirees draw a steady "paycheck" from their nest eggs?

The firms are …


Key Tips To Saving For Retirement

Saving for retirement doesn't have to be as scary as it sounds.Saving for retirement is about as thrilling as scheduling a dental appointment. But …


Who Can You Trust?

If you hire a financial planner, make sure they’re qualified and put your interest above their own.

Financial Planning

How to save $1 million for retirement

New York (CNN) — I want to start a Roth IRA account and build the balance to $1 million. How much do I have to invest to do that? --M.G., California

I admire your optimism. At a time when many, if not most, investors are fixated on market volatility and worried about losing their shirts should the …


12 Questions to Ask Before You Retire

For many of us, retirement will feel like the first time in our lives that we have complete control over what we do with our time – and where we …


Florida Retirement Home | Retirement Communities

Lake Ashton is the best place for your Florida retirement home. If you enjoy relaxing or playing outdoors in beautiful weather, then this is exactly …


Donating My Family’s Extra Stuff Is More Lucrative Than Selling It. Here’s Why

We Americans have a lot of stuff.

One survey determined the average U.S. home has 300,000 items. Another revealed one out of 10 Americans has off-site …


I took the challenge where I could spend only $125 on food last month — and it was easy

I first heard about the SNAP Challenge when Gwyneth Paltrow failed it in April 2015.

The challenge invites anyone to attempt to live on a budget from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for a set period of time — generally a week or a month. Income inequality and food insecurity are two …


The Research We’ve Ignored About Happiness at Work

Recently, we found ourselves in motivational seminars at our respective places of employment. Both events preached the gospel of happiness. In one, a speaker explained that happiness could make you healthier, kinder, more productive, and even more likely to get promoted.

The other seminar involved …


Ikea Thinks Movable Walls Can Solve Your Tiny Apartment Woes

A 390-square-foot Manhattan apartment that "morphs" into 5 different rooms with movable walls.—All photos by Alan Tansey for MKCA

In the age of …


15 Ways to Become a Better Person

Here are 15 of the ways that I've been able to implement into my own life to become a better person.

Most of us want to be a better person whether at home, in the office, or just when we're out running errands. The problem is where exactly do you start?

I realized a couple years ago that I was a jerk …


Kitchen of the Week: The Movable Kitchen from ModNomad Studio

Part art project, part problem solver, the Go-Go Kitchen in writer/activist-designer Jennifer Nix's Sausalito, California, home pairs cast-off cabinetry with energy-efficient appliances, sends gray water into her garden, and stands ready to roll. The experiment—which Nix created in collaboration …


22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them

You'd like to get paid to write online, but many websites are looking for contributors with experience. If you don't have significant experience, …


For Jukebox Salesman, Collecting Records Isn't Just A Job: It's A Hobby, Too

Don Muller has so many jukeboxes in his house, he doesn't even know how many there are.

"I've never done this, walk around and count them," Muller says, as he begins counting a row of jukeboxes tucked under a shelf of records.

He walks through the add-on garage, porch, living room and foyer. So far, …


This Entrepreneur Lets His Employees Work Wherever They Want

He runs a hotel booking app. His staff could be anywhere right now. So could he.

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

Office life is so pass.

Putting a bunch of people being in an artificial environment and making them pretend to get …


5 Ways To Quickly Pull Yourself Out of a Funk If Your Life is in The Dumps

I was in a funk for a very long time around my “Quarter-life crisis” period and like most people, I turned to the Internet for advice before asking …


How To Protect Yourself During a Road Trip

Photo by Johnie GallRoad trips are a staple of summer: gas station snacks, Pandora on blast, the wind in your hair and the cash you saved on a plane …

Frugal RVing Guide: 20 Money Saving Tips

There’s no denying that taking an RV trip can be far more economical than other methods of travel. If you add up the cost of airfare, rental cars, …

Travel Writing

A New Memoir About What Happens When You Get Rid of All Your Stuff

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus—aka The Minimalists—are a pair of best friends who grew up poor in Dayton, Ohio, and were working in


From overweight and unhappy to awesome Internet guru

In 2005, Leo Babauta was 70 pounds overweight. He smoked cigarettes and ate junk food. He was disorganized and deeply in debt. Now, the father of six is trim, and runs triathlons and even ran a 50-mile ultra-marathon. He eats a vegan diet, cleared out clutter and his inbox, eliminated debt, saved …


A beginner's guide to one bag living

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+

For many aspiring minimalists, the golden grail is One Bag Living, or what I like to call ‘OBL’. It’s a lifestyle that …

The Guilt-Free Guide to Parting Ways with Your Sentimental Items

When you're trying to declutter your home, sentimental items pose a difficult challenge. They take up valuable space, but you feel guilty when you …

Cool Stuff

The Definitive List of Tiny House Blogs

Here's all the quality blogs I could find about building and living in tiny houses. I've tried to list blogs written by those actively living in …

Tiny House Movement

The 100 things challenge | Dave Bruno | TEDxClaremontColleges

People in Portland, Oregon are going crazy over these tiny houses

Watch the full film on iTunes

"Small is Beautiful" focuses specifically on four individuals living in Portland, Oregon as they design and construct their own unique tiny houses in pursuit of a mortgage-free lifestyle. As the average square feet of homes in the U.S. has climbed over recent decades, …

Portland, OR

Prefab for Two: A 290-Square-Foot House for $24,000

Madrid architect Camino Alonso compares her 290-square-foot prefab house to a Monopoly game piece. Designed for two—and portable, no less—it's so cleverly laid out that there's plenty of storage. Really.

If you have a spot to put it—and live within driving distance of the Madrid factory that makes …

Prefab Homes

This Tiny Home On A Trailer Is Styled After Famous Wisconsin Vacation Cottages: the new Escape Traveler

The Escape Traveler - a tiny home on trailer - is designed to look like "prairie style" cottages at the famous couples only Canoe Bay Resort in …


Weight loss for obese women as a long-term success

Obesity, characterized by a Body Mass Index of over 30, is not just considered to be a very preventable chronic disease but has also become a …