It's March, which means that the weather is turning warmer in many parts of the country, and it's time for some Spring Cleaning in preparation for summer. Like our homes, our finances tend to get bogged down with dirt and clutter, and it's a good idea to clean house at least once a year. What … Continue reading Spring Cleaning for Your Finances
It's 2014, and for many people, your business website is one of the first ways we interact with your brand or service. If your website doesn't deliver, I consciously (and subconsciously) assume you won't either. But my customers aren't the type to check websites first, you say, or the type of business I'm in doesn't demand websites. 5 … Continue reading 5 Ways to Lose Me as a Customer With Your Website
As a parent of a 4-year-old and a personal finance blogger, people often ask me what kinds of lessons I try to teach my kids about money and whether 4 is just too early to make any kind of meaningful impact on a child's financial future. I wholeheartedly disagree. The mantras, habits, and emotions kids … Continue reading Teaching Young Kids About Money: Here’s What I Do
Side gigs, a.k.a. freelancing, moonlighting, side businesses, etc. are all the rage these days. It seems that every blogger writing about personal finance, career development, or just about anything else, is promoting and encouraging readers to start side gigs, particularly if those bloggers themselves have "made it big" with their online or offline business. On … Continue reading Could Side Gigs Hurt Your Career?
If you've done any kind of planning, financial or otherwise, at any point in your life, you've likely hit an important question that can affect the success of those plans. That question has to do with timeframe--what's too short and what's too long? When it comes to life planning, I cap out setting "goals" at … Continue reading The Power of Quarterly Goals for Your Money
When purchasing a used car, most consumers will assume that there is some room for negotiation in price. This is also the case when buying a new car from an auto dealer. Whether it's including extra accessories or getting a better deal on in-house financing, asking for discounts can pay off in many cases. However, … Continue reading How to Get a Discount at the Auto Dealership
With reports of international trade beginning to rebound as the world shakes off its isolationist tendency following the financial downturn of half-a-decade ago, reports that shopping in the Middle East is about to enter a new expansive phase is another indicator of good times ahead. There's no country better equipped to lead the nascent recovery … Continue reading Shock and Awe as Dubai Looks to Take Shop Until You Drop to Another Level