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Current Rewards (Current Music) iOS App Review

Some time ago, Instagram introduced me to an app called Current Rewards β€” also known as Current Music (and not to be confused with the neobanking app Current). For a time, I got pretty into it and even purchased the Mode Phone, which took the Current Rewards concept to a...
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#FinCon21 Recap: My Virtual Experience

And just like that, another FinCon is in the books. As I mentioned in my preview, although this year marked the return to an in-person event (taking place in Austin, Texas), I made the last-minute decision to go virtual. Of course, with approximately 20% of conference attendees choosing this option,...
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#FinCon21: My 11 Most Anticipated Presentations

For weeks, today has been on my calendar as the day I was going to dive into the FinCon 21 schedule in order to prepare my annual look at the panels and presentations I was most looking forward to. Ironically, today also ended up being the day I canceled my...
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FinCon X Recap: A Different Kind of FinCon

For most people, 2020 has left little to look forward to. If you're anything like me, the year has been one canceled plan after another. That's why I wasn't at all surprised when the final decision not to hold FinCon 2020 in Long Beach, California was made. Yet, another announcement...
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In the Interest of Transparency: My Personal Finances and Approach to Money

When I first started writing about personal finance, it's safe to say that I didn't really know what I was doing. That's why I mostly took the approach of sharing what I was learning in regards to finance as well as sharing experiences I had already acquired. Additionally, I've often...
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Pros and Cons of Using an iPad for Productivity

A few months ago, during a bout of the quarantine blues, I began watching a lot of videos about the iPad. Previously, while I thought such a device might be fun, I never really saw much of a need for it. That was until I started to see more people...
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Is Working for Yourself Really So Risky?

Does the thought of starting your own business or being otherwise self-employed scare the crap out of you? It would for me too...if I wasn't already doing it. What's more, my wife recently celebrated two years of the freelance life herself, meaning that neither of us has had a traditional...
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Work from Home Tips for First-Timers

First things first: the world is a bit crazy right now (at least at the time I'm writing this). With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to city-wide quarantines in some areas and strongly recommended "social distancing" elsewhere, the lives of many have been directly impacted and severely changed. Among the adjustments...

FinCon 2019 Recap: 7 Things I Did Right and Wrong This Year

First the bad news: FinCon 2019 has come to a close (*le sigh*). But, looking on the bright side, this year's event was a complete success in my book. In addition to seeing friends from last year and meeting new people, I left Washington D.C. with some great ideas as...
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"Passive Income" Ideas For Creators, Investors, and Everyone Else

Side hustles are great β€” but what about side not-so-much hustles? In other words, what if you could supplement your income without adding to your regular workload? That's basically what the idea of passive income offers. Although generating passive income will involve an investment of some type β€” be it...
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Countdown to #FinCon19: My 11 Most Anticipated Presentations

In just a couple of weeks, I'll be heading to our nation's capital to witness the meeting of money and media. That's right, FinCon 2019 is just around the corner! With this being the second year I've had the chance to attend, part of me feels as though I'm basically...
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Teachable Creator Challenge: Looking Back at the Inaugural Event

The strangest thing happened this week: the kids in my neighborhood all headed back to school for some reason. If I didn't know better, I'd say that this meant that the summer was coming to a close. Well, if that's the case, then the Teachable Creator Challenge that kicked off...
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Lemonade Pet Insurance Review (2024): Policy Options & What's Covered

Pets have always been an important part of many American families. Yet, I don’t think I’d ever really considered the idea of purchasing insurance for a dog or cat until I learned that Lemonade was adding such an option. Cut to a mere month after when my wife and I...
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Delta is Changing the Way You Earn SkyMiles at Starbucks

Look, I didn't intend to write about Starbucks two weeks in a row β€” so let's call this a Delta story instead. Earlier this week, Delta sent out an email to Skymiles members who had linked their Starbucks Rewards accounts to let them know of an upcoming change. Now, rather...
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Travel Tuesday: Voco The Tiger Hotel Review (Columbia, Missouri)

This past weekend, my wife and I found ourselves in Columbia, Missouri. Located about three hours away from our home in Springfield, COMO is home to the University of Missouri (better known as Mizzou), which rivals our own Missouri State University. As our Saturday drew to a close, we realized...
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Halfday Garment Duffle Review: Travel Hero or Dud?

Have you ever been served ads for a product on Instagram so often that you eventually break down and buy it? As a personal finance blogger, this is not a practice I can endorse. However, as someone who reviews products, I have much more tolerance for allowing myself to give...