Personal Finance FAQ Series: How Can I Get My Debt Under Control?

Over the next 25 days, I’m going to be providing a series of videos which answer some of personal finance’s frequently asked questions. A tip of the hat goes to the Punny Dumbest Personal Finance Questions series for the inspiration!

So, without further ado, here is the first of the series answering the question:

How Can I Get My Debt Under Control?

The transcript for this video follows below.

Being in debt is very stressful and can oftentimes feel crushing. Sometimes it’s so large that you don’t even know where to begin, much less how or when you’ll be able … Read the article

Personal Finance FAQ Series: What Can I Do To Improve My Credit Score?

If you have damaged credit, it’s probably tempting to check out a “credit repair agency” and see if they can improve your credit score. Here are a couple of secrets:

  • They won’t, and you’ll lose money
  • Your goal in life is to not need credit

In the meantime, though, you need to do something.

What Can I Do To Improve My Credit Score?

The transcript for this video follows below.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where our financial strength often is measured not based on our assets and our income, but, rather, on our ability to borrow money and … Read the article

Personal Finance FAQ Series: How Can I Earn More Money?

Do you have the friend who’s always scheming up some get rich quick idea? See the ads on the Internet or in the paper telling you that Sallie S., a single mother of 43 children, earned enough money last month to pay off the national debt? Are those real? What should you do if you need a little extra cash?

How Can I Earn More Money?

I’m also a big fan of starting your own business, so I encourage you to check out my advice on starting your own business.

What questions would you like to see me answer? Leave … Read the article

Where’s Waldo? Jason’s Recent Guest Posts

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

As some of you may know, I recently became a contributor to U.S. News and World Report. My first article appeared, and in my mind, I replayed the scene in the movie A Christmas Story (#aff) where Ralphie’s theme on the Red Ryder bb gun is so well-written that the entire class celebrates and parades him around the classroom. If only I had added the bit about “this thing which tells the time” to the article, I’d have won a Pulitzer Prize.

I wasn’t showered with accolades by the Nobel … Read the article

Practicing What I Preach: The Chile Trip Report

“I collect friends and experiences.”
– Amanda Hilligas


As you may know, I am a huge fan of traveling. It is one of my priorities in life, so I make sure that I set aside time and budget for travel.

I’m also fortunate to have friends who are located in some pretty cool places in the world, and we were lucky enough to be invited to come down to Santiago, Chile and stay with her for nine days.

I also harbor visions of being able to become what I call a semi-expat, spending some time overseas taking advantage of … Read the article