Investing

Investing: What the heck is a Larry Portfolio?

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Recently, I wrote a three-part series on how to start investing. Today, I want to look at an advanced topic. Generally, I avoid advanced topics in investing, for two reasons: 1. Most people don’t even have a grasp of beginner-level investing yet. 2. The vast majority of “advanced” investing techniques can’t beat a simple, diversified portfolio...  Read more

Saving

5 Ways to Put the Brakes on Expensive Auto Maintenance

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Whether you’re hitting the open road this summer or looking to maximize the life of your vehicle, here are five ways to keep your car and wallet running smoothly. Comparison shop Finding a local garage or car repair shop you can count on is about as important as finding a doctor you can trust. Do...  Read more

Goals

My Mint Story: How I Paid Off My Student Loans, Fast!

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As the credits rolled on Adam Baker’s I’m Fine, Thanks documentary, tears streamed down my face. I had watched his TED Talk earlier that day about getting rid of your crap, paying off your debt, and doing what you love. I yearned to have the “freedom” he talked about in both videos. That’s when I...  Read more

Planning

2014 Midyear Checkup List

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While most people really only take a good look at their finances at the beginning of the year (Did you make resolutions to get out of debt? Save more?), and then again at tax time, it’s a good idea to review your monetary situation now. Why? We’re halfway through the year and it’s time to...  Read more

Consumer IQ

Twitter Chat: Wedding Budget 101

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Are you recently engaged and stressed about all of your upcoming wedding expenses? Are you in multiple bridal parties this summer/fall? Are you a newlywed who has questions about managing your finances as a married couple? We’re partnering up with Vera Gibbons, Mint Contributor and Personal Finance expert, to host a live #MintBrides Twitter Chat...  Read more

Trends

A Visual Guide to the American BBQ

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There’s nothing like the combination of outdoor cooking and perfect weather to make any summer complete. From America’s favorite BBQ foods to the world’s largest BBQ competition, the following infographic explores BBQs across America, and will ensure you’re ready to master the grill this summer! Click on “Launch Infographic” for an expanded view.

Saving

Pay off student loans or invest more?

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Are you paying off student loans? If so, you’ve probably heard some version of this advice: “The sooner you start investing, the more time your portfolio has to grow through the magic of compound interest. But if you wait to get started until your student loans have been totally paid off, you’ll miss out on...  Read more

Saving

American Family Budget: The Vacation Plan

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My kids got out of school last week, and they are thrilled to now be on summer vacation. But that doesn’t mean I get a break. In fact, it means my job is harder. Along with the regular things I do every day, now I also need to herd my seven- and nine-year-old boys into...  Read more

Goals

Wishing you a Minty 4th of July

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It’s that time of year again – time to fly the star spangled banner high, give thanks for our freedom, and let the fireworks sparkle. We know you have been working hard to reach those financial goals – from paying off student loans to saving for that down payment to just getting by – so...  Read more