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I Bought a Mattress in a Box — How's It Working Out for Me? 2

I've known for a very long time that my wife and I were due for a new mattress. We nearly purchased one when we got married in 2013 as the one I had was inherited from a condo my dad purchased circa 2007 — and who knows how long it...

Save Extra Cash by Stacking Offers from Multiple Apps 3

When I first started writing about personal finance a couple of years back, I never would have expected to be reviewing so many money-saving apps and tools — or that so many would even exist. Well, as it turns out, there are now dozens of helpful services that can help...

My All-Profit Casino Adventures (Or How I Made $25 Without Technically Gambling)

Here's something strange about me: while I rarely gamble, don't drink, and hate cigarette smoke, I love Las Vegas. Maybe it's the theme park fan in me that finds wandering through casinos fascinating but, whatever it is, I've always enjoyed Sin City and even got married there. Truth be told,...

Robinhood's Upcoming Checking & Savings Account Looks to Make a Splash

It's now been about a year since I first started using the free investing app Robinhood. In that time, I've been able to purchase shares of The Walt Disney Company, earn a free share of Sprint for referring a friend, and (unfortunately, at the moment) trade cryptocurrency. As much as...

Is Your Side Hustle Breaking the Rules? 2

When ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft started expanding, they seemed to adopt the cliche mantra "it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission" when laying out their business plans. This is to say that these novel concepts mostly launched without regulatory approval, taking their case directly to consumers in...

Choosing Charities for Your Holiday Giving 2

As you may or may not have known, this past Tuesday (the one following the Thanksgiving weekend) was Giving Tuesday. Meant to spur charitable giving, the day continues to grow in popularity — and, anecdotally, has inspired some to forgo the typical holiday gift exchange in favor of raising funds...