How to Make a Car Last Forever, How to Save $30,000 in a Lifetime

How to Make a Car Last Forever

  My dad was an engineer for over 40 years. And like most engineers, his perspective when it came to building, fixing, or maintaining anything was to do it himself. Growing up, I watched him maintain the family vehicles, everything from minor maintenance to major repair work. He understood how to make a car last […]

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How to Stop Using Credit Cards – Telling Yourself Little White Lies

How to Stop Using Credit Cards – Stop Telling Yourself Little White Lies

  I was recently reading some posts on Reddit on how to stop using credit cards. Some individuals discussed how they benefit from credit card use, others explained how they don’t trust themselves with credit cards. In classic Reddit fashion, the discussions were direct and spirited. Debating the pros and cons of credit card use is […]

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Setting Financial Goals with a Five-Year Plan, The Tiny Tweaks Principle

Setting Financial Goals with a Five-Year Plan, The Tiny Tweaks Principle

  Most often when we think about setting financial goals we think of the most fundamental aspects of our finances. Areas we manage and feel we can control on a regular basis. For example, we set financial goals around budgets, to lower monthly expenses. Saving money, to put more money in our bank account. Paying […]

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Real Estate House Flipping, 7 Things to Consider Before You Start – From a DIYer

  Let me guess, you’ve been watching real estate house flipping shows on cable TV? I bet they’re like the ones I used to watch before I flipped houses. They make it look so easy to do, and they always make a profit. Do they? Now you’re curious if the reality of flipping a house […]

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Financial Independence is About Controlling Your Own Destiny

Financial Independence is About Controlling Your Own Destiny

  I recently watched the HBO documentary Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis. The documentary discusses the events surrounding the cause of the 2008 crisis. And the sequence of events that the government took to prevent an economic collapse. It’s a great documentary that provides new information and sheds light on the event. […]

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Lower Your Taxes and Start Investing by Opening a Traditional IRA Account For Retirement

  Throughout the year, but most often during tax season, the subject of contributing to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) comes up. IRAs are in the news, advertised on T.V., in print and of course on the Internet. Banks, credit unions and brokerage firms promoting the tax benefits of opening a Traditional IRA account with […]

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Cutting Cable, Saving Money and Getting Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable

  It’s been eight months since I cut the proverbial cable cord. That’s right, no more Fox News, no TNT, History channel or HBO. Actually, it was DirecTV, so I guess you could say I cut the satellite signal to eliminate premium TV services. (Cutting cable, cutting DirecTV to save money – same difference right?) […]

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Ebates Review: My Review of the Cash Back Program

My Ebates Review

  Of all the areas associated with personal finance, my greatest weakness has always been around the subject of frugality. I don’t mean the task of budgeting – how much money I should or shouldn’t spend to manage my budget. Rather the perspective of saving money by clipping coupons or searching for 2-for-1 deals in the […]

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Online Fraud and Your Checking Account – How to Minimize Credit Card Fraud

online fraud

  Prior to the 2016 Christmas holiday, I received a notification from my credit card company that they were tracking some suspicious card activity on my account. I immediately logged into my account and found over $500 in unauthorized charges. The charges were for everything from household decorations to shoes. I contacted the online fraud […]

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Creating a Lifestyle You Love, a Lifestyle of Opportunities

  I am often asked about the Filling The Pig mantra “Creating a Lifestyle of Opportunities”, what does it mean? The dictionary defines Lifestyle and Opportunities like this. Lifestyle – the way in which a person or group lives. Opportunity (plural opportunities), – a set of circumstances that makes something possible. From an FTP perspective […]

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Best Identity Theft Protection Services

Best Identity Theft Protection Services

  Who has the best identity theft protection services? I have written previously about my experiences with credit card fraud and provided my recommendations on how you can actively monitor your credit card transactions by lowering your transaction threshold to receive email alerts. Although credit card fraud is one area of concern when you think about […]

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Do You Have Self-Limiting Beliefs about Money? Getting Out of Debt

Do You Have Self-Limiting Beliefs about Money?

  Do You Have Self-Limiting Beliefs about Money? In my eBook 4 Steps – Save Cash, Eliminate Debt, I talk about our emotions being a critical factor in shaping our behaviors about money.  How you feel when you are spending, budgeting or saving can create positive or negative behaviors.  If the behaviors are negative, then […]

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Think Different About Your Money Free Email Course

Think Differently About Your Finances

  Think Different About Your Money. The journey to financial independence is seldom a direct path. Everyone’s circumstances are different – their needs, wants, and goals. In addition, there are a host of opinions, perspectives, and insights that can influence which path to take. However, the questions are often the same. How to pay off debt? […]

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Simple Investing, A Beginners Guide to Understanding Investments & How to Get Started

Filling The Pig Simple Investing

  Does the world of investing sometimes seem like a Rubik’s Cube? Simple Investing is the third eBook in the Filling The Pig personal finance series of books.  It provides the next step for creating financial independence by teaching you how to make sense of the investment landscape, so you can make more money with […]

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