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Where Do You Keep Your Emergency Savings?

Awhile back, Charlie wrote about how during the Great Depression—when there were no safe places to put ones money—folks would hide their savings in some pretty strange places. Among the most popular spots: beds, walls, the backyard, doors and cabinets. Before the Great Depression, bank runs were not uncommon. In fact, one-third of banks failed prior to 1933. Establishment

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How Does a Bank Work?

We use banks almost every day of our lives – yet we rarely (if ever) think about how they operate. I thought it would be fun to take a brief, “banking 101” view of how the banking system works. Types of banks When I was younger, my father took me into a bank near our

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Banking Hacks – Negotiate Your Way to Better Rates & Fees

Checking, savings, CDs and money markets. Mortgage loans, auto loans, credit cards, personal loans and student loans. Insurance, investment, ID theft protection, mobile banking, online banking, bill pay, and overdraft protection. National banks, community banks, and credit unions.  Navigating your way around banking can be time-consuming and confusing. Fortunately, we’ve got an insider in the

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Stock Picking Challenge Results + Giveaway Winner

The 1st Annual Stock Picking Challenge is in the books and I have to say that it has re-ignited a desire in me to start investing in stocks again. It’s been fun to research them and then see how they perform over the month. I knew this before – but doing the Challenge has reinforced my

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How to Find a Cheaper Phone Plan

I think one of the biggest needs out there when folks are searching for a cell phone plan is finding one that is uniquely suited for their particular situation. It’s really difficult to find a place online that you can go to that will help give you unbiased advice about where to find a plan

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Ooma Unboxing and Setup (Video) – Almost Free Landline Service

For years you have heard Charlie talk about the benefits of ditching your landline for an Ooma Telo device. Ooma is basically a free service (besides the nominal taxes/fees you have to pay) that takes the place of existing landlines using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). I decided to get my own Ooma Telo and

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What Do You Get Out of a Retirement Plan?

The following is a sponsored article. A retirement plan is a wise and profitable way of ensuring your financial security in the future. Despite hundreds of blog posts and articles, some people are still unaware about its existence as well as its advantages. This is mainly because they believe in retirement myths. Industrialists believe that

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Comparison Between Ooma Premier and Basic Services

A year and a half ago, I needed to do a three-way conference call between fellow TTG writer Aaron and Laurie (from, but my Ooma basic service didn’t provide that functionality. It turned out the three-way calling feature was a part of the  Ooma Premier service offering. So I made the switch! Changing over to the Premier

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