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Is Your Teen Ready for a Checking Account?

by Jackie Beck

Some parents may not consider allowing their young teen to get a checking account at all, but there are valid reasons why it can be good for them to have one.

Factors to consider about teens & checking accountsA checking account can teach them how to use ATM cards, debit cards, and even checks responsibly while they are still under your direct supervision (as opposed to when they go off to college and aren’t…)

Consider the following factors when deciding when your teen should get a checking account. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Kids & Money on 10.20.14 with 5 comments.

On Investing: Risk Could be Almost Entirely Optional

by T. Miller

This post is from an evangelist of an investment method called valuation-informed indexing (VII). The post compares and contrasts that method with the more traditional buy-and-hold method, talks about the potential impact on retirement, and points out that investors have a Investment strategies matterchoice about how much risk they want to take on.

Investing research affects the lives of millions in intensely personal ways. We don’t get a second chance to decide on an investing strategy. Most of us have available to us about 40 years (from age 25 to age 65) to finance our retirements. The trouble is, there are millions who will be learning very late in life that they do not have nearly the amount of resources they need to finance a secure middle-class retirement.

Why? Because of their investing strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Investing on 10.13.14 with 1 comment.

Find Your Money-Making “Something”

by Jackie Beck

When it comes to being successful and making more money, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where to start.

Questions to ask when stumped for money-making ideasWhat if you don’t know what you’re good at, or are stumped for ideas? You know you want to do “something”, but aren’t sure what would be a good fit for you.

Here are five questions that can help you figure out your money-making something.

1. What do you like to do in your free time during the week?

Is that something you’d enjoy getting paid for? For example, maybe you’re a huge fan of a certain TV show, and you watch it all the time. There are people who make money from blogs and podcasts relating to TV shows. Heck, there’s Felicia Day, who makes money due to her love of gaming. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Make Money on 10.06.14 with no comments (yet!).

Signing up for Obamacare: My Experience

by Jackie Beck

Signing up for Obamacare on HealthCare.gov during their Special Enrollment Period was a big part of what made quitting my job possible. (Open enrollment for 2015 starts November 15, but I didn’t need to wait for that because I met the qualifying event rules.)

Applying for coverage

My experience getting signed up on healthcare.govI was a little nervous about applying for coverage after all the crap I’d heard on the news last year, but seriously? It was the easiest insurance enrollment I’ve ever done.

I just had to create an account, answer a few questions that showed I qualified for the special enrollment period, and pick a plan. That was it.

The plan I picked has better coverage and costs less overall than what I’d had through my job. All I had to do next was call up the insurance company and pay my premium. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Insurance on 09.29.14 with 4 comments.

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