Business and Hustling Lessons from the WWE Network

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Note: This is a post from Joan Otto, Man Vs. Debt community manager. Read more about Joan.You guys are going to think I spend my Sunday afternoons watching America’s best not-exactly-a-sport sports, between today’s post and the one from last month about 4 Personal-Finance Lessons from NASCAR!I spent THIS Sunday watching… you guessed it… WrestleMania 30, thanks to my roommate’s subscription to the WWE Network, which I admit I watch with rather startling frequency.The funny part is, while I’ve enjoyed professional wrestling since I … Read Entire Story

Why I’d Rather Pay $10,000 to Unload My House Than Become a Landlord

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There are people out there who are made to be landlords. They like the idea of having someone else pay the mortgage on a home or apartment building and enjoying the ability to build equity on the property without using their own money. Once the property is paid off, the monthly rent is income (offset by the cost of taxes, insurance, and keeping the property up). I totally get why some people love the idea of getting into real estate and renting out property. I even get why many people who, upon moving, decide that they would… Read Entire Story

The Report from the Three-Year Mark: Joan’s Mid-April Financial Update

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Note: This is a post from Joan Otto, Man Vs. Debt community manager. Read more about Joan.It’s official: I’ve been tracking my debt for exactly three years.While I didn’t post my first financial update on Man Vs. Debt until a year later, I first sat down and wrote my detailed list of debts – the one you see listed on my Joan’s Finances page – on April 14, 2011.Taking inventory and facing what I owed was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but the effect it’s had since then has been nothing short of amazing.In exactly… Read Entire Story

5 Tips for Selling Items Online

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Are you thinking about minimizing some of the clutter and junk that’s around your house? Instead of throwing away old items, think frugally and earn a little extra money by selling some of them online. Whether you’re posting on eBay, Craigslist or anywhere else, follow these five basic rules to achieve Internet selling success:1. Get a feel for the competitionRun a search for the type of item you are looking to sell and find out how others are pricing it. If you have a 10-year-old camera you’re trying to sell for $50, and other people are selling gently used 5-year-old cameras for $40, reconsider your pricing.2. Give clear detailsClearly describe the make, model, condition and any other information… Read Entire Story

My Backwards Approach to Becoming a Self-Employed Freelancer

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This post is from new Careful Cents contributor EM, who owns the blog Journey to Saving. Over the next six months she’ll be documenting her backwards journey to self-employment, so stay tuned. An accidental entrepreneur: that’s an accurate description of myself, and the situation I was in earlier this year. I didn’t know what it meant to have a side hustle before I started blogging a little over a year ago. It sounds obvious, but I didn’t know anyone pursuing one. I didn’t know a thing about blogging, or the community surrounding it. If you had told me you could make money writing online, I wouldn’t have believed you. The word “entrepreneur” conjured … Read Entire Story

Master These 15 Interview Questions

First impressions are everything, and making a good one during a job interview can very well snag you the job of your dreams. Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially if it’s for a job you really want. The only way to calm your nerves is to do a lot of prep beforehand so you’ll be ready for your… Read Entire Story

What Do You Do With Your Savings?

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One of the basic pieces of advice that we are often given about money is to save more. But where do you put that money? And what should you do with it? Create Goals for Your Savings While saving money just to save money does make sense in some ways, the reality is that few of us are willing to keep doing something “just because.” As a result, it makes sense to carefully consider your desired outcomes and figure out what you hope to accomplish with the money you are saving. First off, really think about what you hope to have happen with your money. Do you want … Read Entire Story

Re-Evaluating Your Financial Priorities

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Note: This is a post from Joan Otto, Man Vs. Debt community manager. Read more about Joan.Since I shared my report from the three-year mark of my battle against debt, I’ve been amazed at the kind words from so many members of the Man Vs. Debt community. From comments to Twitter messages to emails, it’s really reaffirmed my commitment to pushing forward and – even if it’s more eventually than I’d like – ending up debt-free … Read Entire Story

10 Ways to Save $100 This Week

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This post is part of America Saves Week. Money is like a cake. When you get that delicious dessert, it can be tempting to eat it all at once. But if you do, you’ll end up with a stomachache, that sugarcoated feeling on your teeth, and perhaps most importantly — no cake for later. Similarly, if you spend all of your money, you’ll probably end up regretting your splurges — and wishing you had some funds sitting in the bank. Often, savings strategies are obvious — you set a big piece of cake aside, and it’s there waiting for… Read Entire Story

Do You Have To Quit Your Job To Be Financially Successful?

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One of the themes that seems to circulate is that in order to find true financial success, you have to start your own business with the idea of eventually quitting your day job. While many of us like the idea of working from home (often in our pajamas), a home business isn’t for everyone. Indeed, there are plenty of people who are just fine working for “the man” — and that’s ok. Do You Really Want to Quit Your Job? My husband teaches a couple of online courses for a local university each semester. The reality is that, if he … Read Entire Story