Real estate comparison – DC versus Portland

September 29, 2014

REAL ESTATE COMPARISON IN OTHER CITIES CANADA Save. Spend. Splurge.: Montreal Urban Departures: Toronto Financial Diffraction: Halifax Money after Graduation: Calgary U.S.A. Frugal Portland: Portland Broke and Beautiful: New York Michelle of Shop my Closet: Denver Paul of Don’t Quit your Day Job: Silicon Valley / South Bay Area Red Debted Stepchild: Bergen County, NJ […]

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5 Ways to Afford a College Degree

September 8, 2014

One of the most common reasons young people don’t start college directly after they graduate from high school is because they think they can’t afford it. If you find yourself caught between being too poor to afford college but too wealthy to qualify for need-based financial aid, don’t lose hope. There are ways to help […]

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Margin Matters: A Lesson on Effective Forex Leveraging

August 19, 2014

You’ve got a few hundred pounds to start trading in forex, but this isn’t enough – or so you’ve been told. You keep hearing about people trading with £10,000 or more. How do they do it? Answer: leverage. Leverage is very common in forex and, while it doesn’t sound like a good idea, it’s one […]

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Understanding A Financial Aid Award Letter

August 5, 2014

If you’re applying to college for the first time (or helping your student apply), you may be overwhelmed by the financial aid process. After you fill out the FAFSA and are accepted for enrollment at your chosen universities, schools will use the information to determine your (or your student’s) eligibility for various types of financial […]

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DINKs Net Worth – Happy Anniversary!

July 1, 2014

As we mark our 8th wedding anniversary, we also took the time this weekend to update our net worth. What they say about the first million being the hardest to break seems to be true. In retrospect, the first $400k mark actually felt the hardest. It was back when the market was tanking and it […]

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DINKs No Longer!

May 22, 2014

Yep, the original DINKs, James & Miel are about to no longer qualify for the status of DINKs. We are expecting our first child any day now and wanted to share a bit with our readers about the transformation. When we started DINKs Finance eight years ago, on the eve of our marriage, we were […]

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Tasty AAPL

April 24, 2014

We’ve been watching the rise of AAPL stock (Apple, Inc.) closely. Apple announced a 7-to-1 split coming up in June, and the stock jumped 8% today! The word on the street is that AAPL is poised for record growth on solid earnings. When I initially bought AAPL in July of 2011, James was a naysayer […]

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Rental Property Sold!

April 22, 2014

We just took a big step in selling one of our rental properties. This was actually James’ baby, which he purchased in August of 2003, four months before I moved out to Washington. This studio apartment, in the heart of Dupont Circle and a whopping 336 sq ft, was what we initially cut our teeth […]

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Appliance Purgatory

February 4, 2014

One of the realities of home ownership is dealing with repairs and maintenance, this is particularly true for managing rental properties. With our three rental properties, our own home, plus a vacation beach rental, we have more than our fair share of home maintenance. Even with all that we own, more often than not, things […]

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