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8 Positive & Productive Ways to Start Your Day

Do you take advantage of your mornings? Or are you the type that likes to slip out of bed just in time to rush into work five minutes late?

You have about 25,000 mornings in your adult life. Make them count.

The morning time is powerful. You should claim your mornings and not let your desire to get a few extra minutes of sleep dictate how they go.

After you see these positive productive ways to start your day, I think you’re going to change your routine if you’re not already waking up early…


10 Financial Lessons Warren Buffett Can Teach Us [Infographic]

Warren Buffett is constantly in competition for the richest person in the world #1 spot.

And he is self made. That’s probably my favorite thing about him. He made his money through investing just like almost everyone else.

The difference is that he is really good at it. Which is why Berkshire Hathaway usually maintains about a 19% annual return. If you don’t own any shares, you should consider it, but you’ll probably want to go for their BRK-B stock since BRK-A trades for well over $200,000/share.

Before we check out the 10 lessons in the graphic, there are a few things that stand out…


5 Tricks For Managing Your Credit Score

In the modern age, getting rid of debt has various implications. There’s the simple idea of lowering bills, living a debt-free lifestyle or simply putting yourself in a position to save money. But there is also the on-going concern of keeping your credit score intact.

We live in a loan-oriented society and, for most of us, borrowing is critical. We need a car or can do better financially if we buy a home instead of rent sometimes. We want to start a business or pay for tuition to live better lives. These are not frivolous moments. A credit score is critical at important junctions in our lives.

You need some basic understanding of money to understand loans, but in the modern era it also pays to know a few tricks to helping your credit score that go beyond simply, “don’t make late payments, ever.” That’s obvious. But here are some less obvious methods of keeping credit scores healthy…


The Top 10 Best Productivity Podcasts Right Now

“There are few uses for a smart phone that are more productive than listening to a good podcast.” -Abraham Lincoln

If you’re into podcasts, you know there are thousands to choose from.

It can be overwhelming to find the best ones. And how do know which podcasts are the best? Reviews? Ratings? Recommendations?

I’ve been listening to podcasts for years and I’ve listened to the good and the bad.

I could put together a list of the top 100, but I’ll save your time. Why subscribe to hundreds of podcasts when there are plenty of old episodes to go through?

Even if you just listen to few, you’ll be busy browsing the archives for months if not years. So here are the top 10 best podcasts on productivity for 2015…


4 Great Strategies For Paying Off Student Loans

You’ve graduated college, now your student loan forbearance or “grace period” will end soon and you don’t know how to formulate a payoff strategy.

For those who don’t know where to start, below are 4 tried-and-true strategies to help jump-start your loan payoff…


15 Things You Should Buy From the Dollar Store

Dollar stores are interesting because they make their money by charging a dollar for everything.

So that means things that are typically $2 or $3 are only a dollar at the dollar store. That also means some things that are typically 50 cents are also a dollar at the dollar store.

Then there are stores like Dollar General, which isn’t really a dollar store at all, if you’re going off the “everything’s a dollar” idea. I suppose Dollar General just means everything is generally…close to a dollar, which is more accurate, but still a little shady if you ask me.

I want to be clear that this list is talking about dollar stores where everything is actually…*drum roll please*…a dollar. Dollar stores can save you money, but if you use them for all your shopping, you may be wasting some money. Also, it’s worth noting that some dollar stores accept coupons and that can be quite lucrative, so check into that with your local stores.

Here are 15 things you should generally buy from the dollar store and some ways to save even more money…


5 Easy Strategies to Gradually Adopt Healthy Eating Habits

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the most important element of your productivity.

I talked about how energy is the foundation of your productivity. Without energy, you’re not going to do much at all.

Exercise is a big part of that. But a bigger piece of the energy puzzle is your diet.

How are your eating habits? Do they promote energy or diminish it?

If you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle and start eating better, I’ve got good news! It doesn’t have to be difficult and torturous. It’s actually quite simple. If you take it slowly.

Here are 5 ways to gradually adopt healthy eating habits over time…


5 Pitfalls of Procrastinating to File Your Taxes (And How to Avoid Them)

When the calendar turns to a new year, it’s time to start thinking about doing your taxes.

Many people procrastinate on this process, waiting until close to the April 15th deadline to get going. There are many reasons why it’s a bad idea to wait to file.

The smart people get going as soon as possible, and they reap the rewards of early filing.

If you’re wondering whether you should get ahead of the crowd on your taxes, here are some pitfalls of procrastinating and a few reasons why it pays to get the ball rolling right away…


The Ultimate Productivity List: 75 Books to Boost Your Productivity

I just released the top 75 books on personal finance and it was insanely popular.

Now it’s time for the “best of the best” productivity list. Yes, that’s a total of 150 books I’m recommending. I hope your to-read list is growing! I’m here to help with that.

I’ve been reading on productivity for years. Just like with personal finance, I’ve read some amazing books and some…not so amazing books.

I’ve decided to leave the not-so-amazing books out off the list. You’re welcome.

These books are not just the best books I have ever read on productivity; they are books that have changed my outlook (for the better) and helped me to achieve things I never would have believed I could do. Prepare to seriously become more productive…


The Ultimate Money List: 75 Must-Read Books on Personal Finance

There I was. 21 years old. $24,000 in debt.

I thought it was normal. I thought everyone had car payments. I thought debt was the only way of life. The American way.

I also couldn’t sleep at night, because I was so stressed. I had no plan for an emergency, other than to go into more credit card debt.

That’s when I got angry. A good motivating, driving anger. An anger that ultimately lead me and my family out of debt.

I realized that debt was controlling our life. And I wanted to be in control. So, I started reading…


8 Important Financial Tips for Freelancers

If you’re a freelance worker of any stripe — writer, consultant, artist, contractor — you’re likely in the habit of keeping a close eye on your finances.

Sure, there are basic bits of advice that are good tips for anyone: Make and adhere to a budget (or not)! Diversify your assets! Steer clear of Whole Foods!

Personally, I ran into major trouble the first year I filed my taxes as an independent contractor. I felt intimidated by the level of organization required. Not to mention the jargon. “Schedule C?” “Pension distributions?” Uhhh…I’m a 25-year-old child over here, okay?

Doing my taxes was a breeze as a “regular” employee. Fill in the blanks, a couple quick calculations, stick a stamp on it: done. I learned I wasn’t alone (90% of taxpayers need help when the season rolls around). More importantly, I realized everyone has to start somewhere.

I’m definitely still learning, but there are a couple of things I’ve picked up along the way…


5 Easy and Frugal Ways To Support The Homeless This Winter

Hey everyone, I’m Josh…You may know me from CNA Finance, Modest Money, and several other personal finance blogs around the blogosphere. However, over the past few months, I’ve really changed my focus. Simply put, the community has really taken care of me. I live well, eat well, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for way too many people in our community. So, this year, I’ve decided to focus on helping those in need.

Over the past month, my fiancé and I have started what we view as a movement, called Under The Bridge. Our main goal is to change the way we see the homeless community. The bottom line is that while these people may have some past issues, they are human and deserve love and respect.

And here’s what you can do…


The 5 Wealthiest Hedge Fund Managers (And What You Can Learn From How They Got There)

When you’re trying to get good at something, always learn from the best.

Whether you’re just getting started with investing your money or are already a well-seasoned and sophisticated investor, you could always do with a few lessons taught by some of the best of the best in the financial world.

When most people start investing, their journey often begins with reading up about Warren Buffett. Buffett’s compounded annual return of about 20% over the course of his 50-year career, as Berkshire Hathaway’s chairman, is the stuff of legends.

But he isn’t the only one on the rich list who has made his fortune solely off the back of investments made over the years.

There’s a growing number of hedge fund managers whose talents have not only made them enormously wealthy, but also landed them on the prestigious Forbes Rich List. Many of these managers are billionaires and their investment styles vary greatly from the long-term value investing mantra of Buffett.

Here’s a list of the top 5 richest hedge fund managers and the lessons you could learn from them…


The Top 9 New Year’s Resolutions and Cheap Ways to Keep Them

Nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of us keep our promises, according to a survey by the University of Scranton.

Top reasons (excuses) include lack of money, lack of opportunity and – almost everyone’s sticking point – lack of time.

If you’re determined to realize your goals this year, check out some frugal ways to achieve the top ten resolutions…


5 Easy At-Home Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself

One of my biggest woes in life is the money it costs me to keep my car ship-shape.

It seems every time I take it to a workshop, they find things wrong that I never even heard of. Things that end up costing me money I hadn’t planned spend—not now, anyway.

So I figured there had to be a better way to do basic repairs, and save not only the cost of the materials and labor but also the “extra” things mechanics always seem to uncover.

Here are 5 easy at-home car repairs…