Heads-Up! Early Retirement Can Be Bad for Your Health

Whether you put in your 40 years with the company or are on the 10-year saving spree leading to FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) – you would be wise to glance past the finish line and consider some basic facts. It pains me to write this, but – early retirement can be bad for your health… I mean, really bad…   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   After years of hard work, early mornings, and late nights of working toward your career goals – that pot at the end of the rainbow can be one of the most dangerous ruses of your lifetime. In fact, retirement ranks in at #10 in terms of the average individuals most stressful life events (Source). Let’s start with the bad news.   Studies from these Harvard, US News and World Report, and Medical Daily articles all discuss some part of the frightening reality that early retirement has […]

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How to Construct the Perfect Resume to Land your Dream Job

How to Construct the Perfect Resume to Land your Dream Job

  This article was expertly crafted by Camilo Maldonado who writes at The Finance Twins. The article was originally published on The Money Mix – and no lie… It’s phenomenal. I   f you recognize Camilo’s name, it’s because he’s appeared on MikedUp Blog before (with other great posts). Here they are, in case you’d like to check them out as well: This is What Perseverance Looks Like Who is the Fittest Personal Finance Blogger Shout-out: Should I Refinance My Student Loans?   After you’ve had a chance to check those out, here’s Camilo’s most recent contribution (and it’s a gem)!   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)     Ask any top human resources professional if an amazing resume is enough to get you a job and they’ll all say the same answer. No! A perfect resume might not even be correlated with job performance once you start a new […]

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Low Unemployment Aside – How Will you Stand Out?

Low Unemployment Aside - How Will you Stand Out?

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be adding my two cents on the current job market and what it means for you landing that dream job you’re thinking of applying to. Here’s a hint: they aren’t just going to gift it to you…   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”   I wrote 2 weeks ago about how the current unemployment rate of 3.8% has kept me up at night.   But as with most things in life, there exists a dichotomy.   As a small business CEO, hiring can be an incredibly difficult thing to do when you’ve got candidates pouring in. But in the current market, that’s not necessarily the case. Starting out just 2 years ago, it was common to receive at least 20 applicants for an advertised position.   Three weeks ago we posted a new […]

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Build Wealth and Ensure a Wealthy Future with these 6 Steps

Build Wealth and Ensure a Wealthy Future with these 6 Steps

  This post was originally published on The Money Mix and is republished here with their permission. Adding to that, this is a great guide on how to build wealth and ensure a wealthy future for your family. I am excited to share this with you!   (Photo courtesy of Steve W.)     You have a great job and make a good income. You’ve paid off your student loans and credit card debt. Now you’re ready to save and invest. But you’re not sure how to invest your money. I have good news.   I’m going to introduce you to six basic steps on how to invest your money. It will be unlike many of the other “how to” articles on investing. Before you think about investing a dime, we need to set the foundation. Without it, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to have a successful investment […]

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Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??

Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank... Exclusively?? #onlinebank #allybank #highyield #savings

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be doing a brief Ally Bank review to let you know the relevant information to consider if you, too, are considering switching to this highly-rated online bank.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     A Brief Ally Bank review – Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??     Ally Bank is an “online” bank that is first made an impression on the financial world with its online savings accounts. As a current online savings account owner myself, the 2.2% interest rate I have with my Ally account completely blows the 0.01% interest rate my previous bank touted out of the water.   Ally (and similar online banks) can provide these high-yield (and highly competitive) accounts because of what they can save in overhead and efficiencies by not having to build, house, […]

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10 Best Work from Home Jobs for Stay at Home Parents in 2019

10 Best Work from Home Jobs for Stay at Home Parents in 2019

  I am very excited to welcome Ben and the team from Dollar Sprout to the blog today for 2 reasons. 1) They’re phenomenal to work with and 2) they know their stuff. So, when they asked to write about the best stay at home jobs, I thought you guys would love to hear what they have to say!   Take a look at the 10 best they’ve outlined below and let us know which ones you’ve tried or which you’re stoked to try in the comments section.     10 Legitimate Stay at Home Job Ideas for Parents in 2019   The best part of being a stay-at-home parent is the fact that you have the opportunity to spend more time with your kids and witness more of their developmental milestones first-hand. Still, taking care of your kids and managing the household can definitely seem like a full-time job […]

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Mortgage Free or Huge Investments – Which is Best?

Mortgage Free or Huge Investments - Which is Best?

  I am thrilled to welcome back Jon to the blog! He’s written before about non-traditional wireless phone plans, financial resolutions for the new year, and paying off $89,000 in student loans with his wife – and living to tell about it. And today he has another treat in store for us! Jon and Heather (his wife) recently purchased a home, and in the time since that big-ticket buy, they’ve been weighing the pros and cons of paying off the mortgage early vs. investing their extra income (they were debt-free, after all…). In this post, Jon breaks down all the components of which is best – mortgage free… or huge investments?       Mortgage Free or Huge Investments – Which is Best?   When it comes to getting a mortgage, in the personal finance community I’ve heard everything from: “Pay off your home as early as you can,” all […]

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When Student Loan Refinancing Is Your Best Option – and Why

  Travis from Student Loan Planner is with us today to let us know 5 points in life when student loan refinancing may be your best option.   (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)     Like many people in the U.S., you might have student loan debt from your time in college. After graduating with the degree of your choice, it’s time to repay your loans and it can be overwhelming.   I can’t blame you for feeling this way — I’ve been in your shoes. It’s not easy to know the right approach to paying off your student loans, and you might not even know you have options beyond a standard repayment plan.   If you’re like Jon and Heather, who have a plan to pay off student loan debt quickly, that’s great! They have an amazing story and were able to knock out tons of student loan debt in a […]

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So you Want to Teach your Kids About Money but Don’t Know How?

So you Want to Teach your Kids About Money but Don't Know How?

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be letting you know about a brand new way to help parents teach their kids about money – and have fun doing it – with Family Money School.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     Alright, Team, one thing to mention up front – if you like what you see in the product below and decide to make a purchase through one of the links in this post, I’ll get a small kickback for referring you to the course at no extra cost to you.   Why do I mention that?    Well, a couple of reasons… I’m next to positive it’s the law, I value your trust and try to be as transparent as possible with all the content on this blog, and I’ve never directly pitched a product on the […]

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