[ The Money Side of Life™ ]


If You Tweet It, They Will Come: How to navigate online marketing

Last week, a new restaurant opened in my neighborhood. The door was open, colorful balloons adorned the fence and a chalkboard sign invited me in. I was intrigued. But when I punched their name into Google, I got zilch. No website, no Yelp reviews, no Facebook page.

I guess they were hoping word of mouth would be enough to keep the doors open, but I took my money elsewhere.

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Growing Roots: Jacob Kose educates future generations about farming

By Abbie Tumbleson on May 10th, 2016 • Budgeting, farming, Life, Savings, Travel, Investing

As long as there are humans living on Planet Earth, there's going to need to be food to feed all of us. And that food has to be grown somewhere, by someone.

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Tips on Car Buying

Purchasing your first car in a big deal. It's a great lesson in finances, too. Whether you're looking for something new or used, Dr. Sean Stein Smith is ready to answer you car-buying questions to help you get on the road with the best deal possible.

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Movie Money: The price of entertainment

By Janaye Everitt on May 9th, 2016 • blockbusters, Budgeting, movies, Savings, Life

Pretty much everyone has a favorite movie. While most big blockbusters take millions of dollars to make, all you need for a favorite films-filled day is a bowl of popcorn and something delicious to drink (and maybe the $4 or $5 to rent that new release you've been dying to watch).

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When it comes to everyday life, we've all searched for ways to get a little more cash in our pockets. The smallest story could potentially have a huge impact on our financial futures. It's time to read some Curren(t)cy.

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Three Perks of Investing That Have Nothing to Do With Money

By on March 28th, 2016 • Life, Managing debt, Managing your money, Savings, Investing

Talk to people nearing retirement and they will say they wish they had saved more.

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Saving Up to Give Back: Joanna Rist's volunteer journey

Joanna Rist's former retail boss once called her over. "Are these hours correct?" she asked. "There are so many."

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What to Do With Unwanted Holiday Gifts

By on January 13th, 2016 • Budgeting, Managing debt, Managing your money, Savings, Life

When it comes to gift giving, they say it's the thought that counts. But what happens when the oh-so-generous folks in your life just happen to have the worst imaginable taste? It's an unfortunate fact that sometimes bad holiday gifts happen to good people -- and by "bad," we're talking everything from ugly sweaters to gaudy, kitschy fruit bowls that pain you to look at them.

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How We Afforded a Road Trip to Eight MLB Games in Nine Days

By on November 4th, 2015 • Budgeting, College, Life, Managing your money, road trip, Savings

After going to my first baseball game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Mich., I was hooked. I told my father that I wanted to visit other stadiums to really get a feel for the game, and he provided me with the challenge of a lifetime: Visit all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums in the United States and Canada.

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Dreams in Focus: Kaitlynn Smith snaps her way to success

"Every time I pick up my camera, my adventure begins again," said Kaitlynn Smith, a high school junior living in Georgia. "I often have ideas of a photo in my head, and it's extremely satisfying when I can actually make it happen and get the perfect photo."

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