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Card Skimmer Scams Are on the Rise – Here’s How to Avoid Them

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

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Terror Attacks, Rationality, and Investing

I got off work early on Oct. 31st, hopped on my bike, and started pedaling down 2nd Avenue in New York. I was feeling the

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The Scientific Side Hustle: Plasma Donation, Clinical Trials, and Other Ways to Make Money Off Your Body

When my brother was in college, he loved to send me emails containing the latest jokes, memes, and YouTube videos circulating on the internet. I’ll

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Three Tips for Spending More Mindfully This Holiday Season

Americans are predicted to spend $682 billion during the holiday shopping season this year. That’s a 4% increase from last year, and proves that our

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What Overeating Can Teach Us About Overspending

In “The Hungry Brain,” obesity researcher Dr. Stephan Guyenet provides a fascinating look into the reasons why many first-world countries are battling an obesity epidemic. His

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The Most Efficient, Science-Based Way to Learn and Memorize Practically Anything

For the first 28 years of my life, I thought there was only one way to memorize information: brute force repetition. If my schooling taught

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Collecting Badges: A New Way to Get a Leg Up at Work?

When you think of professional development, you might envision going back to school for a master’s degree or Ph.D. While advanced degrees will generally increase your earning power,

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The Unfair Stigma of Canned and Frozen Foods

My aversion to canned food started early. Those aluminum cylinders just never seemed appealing, sitting there in the dark corners of our cabinet, far away

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A Frugal Wedding Adventure, Part 3: The Big Day and the Final Numbers

A few weeks ago, I got married in rural Wisconsin, in the backyard of the house in which my wife grew up. The following morning,

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Why I Chose this Controversial ‘All-Weather Portfolio’ for My Life Savings

I had a brief foray into stock market investing back in 2010. I was fresh out of college and earning my first real paycheck. I

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Finding Your Financial Flow

Over the past few years, I’ve developed an insatiable appetite for financial literature. What you notice after finishing your 20th or 30th personal finance book

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Tech Is Disrupting Insurance: Should You Get on Board?

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “fintech,” referring to the apps and companies — such as SoFi, Qapital, Acorns, Prosper, Betterment, Wealthfront, Robinhood, Personal Capital, Digit, and others

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Six Books I Wish I’d Read Before Starting College

I did very little reading the summer before I started college. I was focused on figuring out which roommate was going to bring the mini-fridge

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What Is Living the #Vanlife Really Like?

I used to think anyone who lived in in their vehicle was facing a crisis. In some ways, I even thought of them as failures.

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Married Millennials Merging Money: How and Why We’re Doing It

It’s been a big year for me. I got a promotion at work, I turned 30, and I’ve almost made it through a New York

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Book Review: ‘The Millennial Money Fix’

I am proud to say that I’m a millennial who fixed his finances. I went from deep in debt and financially illiterate to debt-free and

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Homemade Kombucha Recipe: How to Make This Trendy Drink Cheap

Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, has become both a buzzword and a health fad. An essential part of a certain kind of trendy lifestyle, it’s that

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Costco vs. Amazon Fresh: A Real-World Grocery Shopping Showdown

Amazon made big waves in the business world with its recent purchase of Whole Foods Market. As surprising as that was, it makes sense — Amazon was