PayPal Launches "Moola Mania" Sweepstakes and Game

As a one-time eBay obsessor, I've been using PayPal for quite a long time. However, that usage has seemingly increased as of late — even in the face of competition from Apple, Venmo, Square Cash, and others. While I can't quite explain what's been leading me to click that PayPal button...

Entering Self-Employment: How to Prepare for Leaving Your Day Job

Hurdles like retaining our health insurance, preparing for tax time, and others have shown us that self-employment isn’t something to be taken lightly. However, as long as you’re prepared for these personal and financial changes, working for yourself can be extremely rewarding and is something I’d recommend to anyone willing...

8 Financial Tools to Help You Start 2018 Right

Regardless of whether your 2017 was sweet or rotten, a new year means another chance to meet your money goals. That said, while these favorite apps and tools of mine can help you get your finances on track, it's ultimately up to you to do the hard work required to...

5 Clever Tips for Avoiding Fees & Saving Money While Traveling

Whenever you’re booking a trip, it can be easy to forget about all of the fees and expenses you’ll face when it’s time to do your traveling. Whether it’s hotels charging for WiFi and tempting you with their minibar, airlines tacking on charges for checked luggage, credit cards hitting you...

Writing Tips for Making Your Manuscript Manageable

Writing and publishing a book is a major accomplishment that you should be proud of. Unfortunately, all too often would-be authors never reach the finish line because they get overwhelmed by the process. Don’t let this happen to you! By setting attainable goals for yourself, creating the right writing environment,...
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Travel Tuesday: Understanding Chase's New Sapphire Lounge

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