Category: Money Milestones

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Planning Your Next Money Goal

At times, managing your money can be a bit overwhelming. Even if you feel like you're generally on a positive path, it can be difficult to know what your next move should be. This is where setting specific financial goals can be extremely helpful — but what goal is right...
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Tips For Maxing Out Your IRA (And Why You Should Before April 15)

Last year, for the first time, my wife and I managed to max out our IRA — something we saw as a major money milestone for us. While I'd love to say that this move was motivated purely by wanting to be prepared for retirement (which of course we do),...

Emergency Funds: Why You Need One and How You Can Build One

When we think about money milestones, they’re often exciting events such as buying a car or a home. However, one of the biggest money milestones that everyone should strive for might not be very exciting but it could be vital: having an emergency fund. In fact, one could argue that...
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Should You Hire a Financial Advisor?

Over the past year or so, my big financial goal has been to start investing seriously. This journey has taken me from experimenting with stock trading apps to opening a "real" brokerage account and looking to maximize my retirement account options. While I've been satisfied with my progress so far,...
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Carvana Review: My Experience Buying a Used Car Online (And From a Vending Machine)

Would you ever buy a car online without even getting so much as a test drive? To some, such a proposition sounds crazy — but that's exactly what my wife and I did a couple of weeks ago. After exploring options, securing financing, and arranging a trade in via Carvana's...
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4 Tools I'm Loving as a Newbie Investor

Well, it took me nearly halfway into the year but I have finally met my 2019 goal: get started with investing. To be clear, this actually isn't my only investment experience as I've had 401(k)s and IRAs in the past as well as purchased a few individuals company shares with...
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Travel Tuesday: Sleeper Hold Travel Pillow Review

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