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A few months ago, I mentioned that I had been using a goal-oriented paper planner for a while in order to reflect on my daily progress toward various goals in my life. I had tried several in my quest to find one that really clicked with me and found that many planners had some great features and some little drawbacks that kept me looking for other approaches. Several readers then asked me for a review of these goal oriented planners …

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What happens when you find a purchased item for a lower price later? With some credit cards, you may receive a refund thanks to free price protection.

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Last week, for a full seven days, I tried an experiment. It’s basically something I’ve described before on the site – a media diet where I intentionally avoided almost all sources of “news” and instead stuck to books and offline games and physical activity for entertainment. For seven days, I didn’t watch the news at all. I didn’t visit any news websites – in fact, I blocked all of them. I avoided social media except within the strict limits of …

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Many people – myself included – like to use the month of December as a time to reflect on personal goals, both the ones that we’ve been working on throughout the year as well as ones that we might embark on in the future. Most years, I wind up setting several goals for the upcoming year and, if they’re planned well, I end up finding some level of success with almost all of them. For example, in 2017, I lost …

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If you’re looking for a new cash-back card that offers more bang for your buck than other cards on the market, you should check out the new Uber Visa Card. Launched earlier this year, the Uber Visa card offers a surprisingly high rate of cash-back rewards in popular categories like travel and dining out. Not only that, but it comes with no annual fee and added perks that could make it a valuable addition to any wallet. Even if you …

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The House of Representatives passed a monumental tax bill in November, and now the Senate has passed its own version — by a 51-49 vote around 2 a.m. Friday night. The two chambers are meeting this week to hammer out their differences before teeing up the legislation for the president’s signature. And while there are quite a few important differences that need to be worked out, a lot of the big stuff is settled: The primary goal of both bills was …

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When a Friend Falls

December 6 2017

A couple of weeks ago, just before Thanksgiving, one of our family’s closest friends was standing in his home. He had just spoken to his wife and was standing there for a moment when, all of a sudden, he collapsed to the floor. His heart had stopped. His wife immediately started CPR on him, almost instinctively. First responders arrived within moments, followed shortly by an ambulance. The first responders managed to restart his heart, but he was quickly taken to …

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Card skimming is a devious, clever, and increasingly common form of criminal activity. The latest data from FICO showed a 70% rise in the amount of credit and debit cards being compromised in the past year. Skimmers are tiny devices that can be installed on machines that process credit and debit card payments – anywhere you swipe a credit or debit card, such as an ATM or a gas station pump. Skimming devices read your card information as you swipe it, and they’re …

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I often mention my kids on here, but I don’t really talk about them directly too much. They don’t make the decision to write about their lives on Money360 – I do. I try to keep that privacy in mind on their behalf. (Sarah and I have a pretty clear understanding at this point as to what’s appropriate to talk about to an audience of thousands and what isn’t within our marriage.) Having said that, the reality of …

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When it comes to your credit scores, you’ll find no shortage of advice or alleged strategies on the best way to max out your numbers and improve your credit rating. You’ll find people who claim to know the perfect number of credit card accounts or the magical payment method you need to employ need to achieve credit score greatness. One such strategy is to overpay your credit card to the point where you actually have a negative balance, or sur, …

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