Category: Financial

Money at 30: "Work Optional" Book Review

Prior to attending last year's FinCon expo, I had certainly heard about FIRE (short for "financial independence, retire early) but it wasn't until I arrived at the conference that I realized how large the movement had grown. Of course, with popularity comes backlash, as some so-called "gurus" have questioned the fundamentals of the movement, while others have taken issue with what actually qualifies as early retirement. Nevertheless I've found myself...

Money at 30: Goodbudget Review — Digitizing the Envelopes Method

Last week, I shared how my brother-in-law and his wife seemed to be ahead of me on some trends, leading us to book an Airbnb for our family visit this Thanksgiving. Considering that he's younger and hipper than me, that made a lot of sense. However, seeing as I've been writing about personal finance for more than two years now and penned dozens of reviews in that time, I certainly...

Money at 30: "Get Money" Book Review

Over the past few years, personal finance has taken on an increasingly important role in my life. While on my own money and writing journey, I've been inspired by a number of other finance bloggers along the way. Nearly from the beginning, one of my favorites in this category was Kristin Wong, whose work I knew from Lifehacker's TwoCents page. Given this affinity, I was excited to learn that Wong...

Is Amazon Prime Worth It? What You Get for Your Money

Prospective members should be aware that the beloved two-day shipping does not apply to every item on the site and that Prime's entertainment offerings might not be enough to satisfy everyone's TV craving. However, with a free 30 day trial and a monthly payment option after that, there's really no harm in taking Amazon Prime on a test run — especially on Prime Day — to see how it works...

App Review: Like the Store Itself, Walmart's App is a One-Stop Shop

First off, I don't frequent Walmart very often. This is mainly because the chain is actually pretty sparsely located around Los Angeles. However I've recently found myself interested in their proprietary mobile payment solution cleverly dubbed Walmart Pay, which recently rolled out nationwide. As a result I decided to download the retail giant's app, head to their recently-opened Supercenter in Burbank, California and see how it all worked. Before I made it to...