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Using Technology to Cope With Emergencies

This post comes from the team of financial bloggers and experts in helping users compare rewards credit cards.

Life doesn’t always follow the simple plans you create, so in case life’s unforeseen circumstances emerge it’s always a good idea to have the right tools to help you deal with them. The following are some chaos scenarios, and corresponding fail-safes you can use to face each one.

Delays in Your Flights
No one likes having flights delayed, and let alone spending umpteen hours in a crap executive lounge, sleeping on a floor. But life throws situations like this at us, so we just have to be prepared. Since getting sleep and eating will be your main worry during these scenarios, you should try to deal with airlines that offer to pay for lodging and meals when their flights have been delayed or cancelled. Not many do, but some travel credit cards can help. Users of the Discover Escape card can get up to $150 reimbursed daily (for up to three days), for lodging, meals and any other expenses you’ll incur with delays and cancellations that strand you for a long time. There are certain restrictions, of course, which include a minimum six-hour delay. You can take a look at Discover’s coverage to get the most recent info for your next trip.

Another option is to purchase trip insurance in advance, which you can do with American Express Travel Delay protection. The costs for this insurance can be around $9.95 per person and trip. If you are enrolled, it is billed to your card automatically when you travel. In their policy, you will be given $250 daily for up to 2 days, but if there isn’t any alternative transportation before 9 pm that day, you will receive $200 daily plus $50 if your flight is delayed for at least 3 hours.

Luggage Issues
Another unbearable scenario is having your precious luggage lost or delayed. With the Visa Signature cards, you will be covered for up $3,000 per trip if your bags are stolen or lost. Then with the high-end World MasterCards, like the HSBC Premier and Citi Gold Advantage card, you can get similar coverage. Both types of cards generally offer free concierge services, which is otherwise a pretty penny.

Another card offering similar coverage is Amex, costing only $9.95. This protection gives you premium baggage protection that will cover your lost or stolen luggage for up to $2,000 (even if it was stolen from your hotel room). You will also get up to $500 in replacement items if your baggage is delayed for more than three hours.

Affordable Mobile Internet
Up until recently, there was no such thing as pay-as-you-go mobile broadband internet. Now, you can find them at Virgin Mobile (which uses the 3G Sprint network) and ClearWire (a 4G network). With these two options, you can receive unlimited Web without being tied to a contract, and they both cost less than $50 monthly. The ClearWire plan doesn’t technically give you unlimited Web if you have to use the 3G backup network, but a clerk at the ClearWire store said that the access isn’t often limited in practice.

Fender Benders
Have you been in an accident that you wished could be claimed on-site, instead of waiting to get home and fight with all the paperwork? If so, you’ll be happy to know that there is an app for this. It is State Farm’s free pocket agent app, which gives you the ability to submit and provide details about your accident right from your smart phone. The app will also help you to find repair shops on the road, and local tow trucks to get you there.

Even with all of this advice and tips, you’re still going to find these scenarios to be quite a hassle. But armed with the right credit card and a little technology, you can get through your ordeals faster and more efficiently.

Lesson From Bungy Jumping

This is a somewhat scary guest post for those who are afraid of height (like me!) by one of my favorite bloggers,Joe, from RetireBy40. He is a very brave man! Read on and find out why… If you ever thought about an early retirement, you must head over to Joe’s website where he is chronicling his journey to retirement by… 40.

See Joe jump here!

In 2006, I flew to New Zealand to meet up with my parents. We planned to caravan around the North Island for 10 days before going to visit my Aunt in Melbourne. I guess it might sound strange for a 32 year-old guy to be going on vacation with his parents, but I haven’t seen them for a few years and I wanted to drive them around and show them a good time. The Mrs. was still in college at the time and she went to Oaxaca for a class at the same time so we had separate vacations that year.

New Zealand was just awesome. The country side was lush, green, and beautiful, it really reminded me of hobbit country. The people were very friendly and relaxed, this was my kind of place. Auckland felt like any city, but outside of that many places had that small town feel. Anyway, I had always wanted to try bungy jumping and what better place to do it than the home of bungy – New Zealand. I researched before I left and found a good spot at Taupo bungy. This jump is off the cliff above the beautiful emerald Waikato River and you have the option to touch the water!

One of our stops was Lake Taupo, but my mom really didn’t want me to bungy. I guess I could see it from her point of view, who would want to see their kid jump off a 150 foot tall cliff? So I thought to myself, I’ll do it another day when the parental unit is not around. We checked out the gypsy/carnival caravan, explored the town, hung out near the lake, and had a relaxing time in general. On our way out of town, I figured – let’s stop and see what the jump looks like.

We got there and it didn’t look that scary from the parking lot. The viewing area was level with the cantilever jumping platform so you only saw people jumping off and not how high the drop was. Then I saw a couple of girls doing a tandem jump and I thought to myself, “COME ON, girls are doing this!” So I told my mom, hey look everybody is fine, no problem!

That’s how I found myself at the plank looking down 150 feet to the river. Oh yeah! I elected to touch the water. They told me to be stiff and fall forward like a board. But I tell ya, when you’re looking down that far, your body won’t edge forward like that. I only hesitated a second and then bent my knee and down I went. I saw the platform falling away and it was a perfect ZEN moment for me. My mind went completely blank and it was a great feeling.

So what did I learn from this experience other than bungy jumping is awesome? I learned that if you want something, just keep moving toward it. Even if you don’t get it right away, keep edging that way and someday you’ll get there. Once you’re at the edge, just do it and don’t put it off. Tenuous? Maybe, but I’m sticking with it.

Should You Write Guest Posts? I Don’t Know, Should You? (Yes!)

Josh Hanagarne is the creator of World’s Strongest Librarian. He was recently offered a book deal (which he turned down), and loves to talk about books, blogging, strength training, and more. He has also found a way to cure his own extreme case of Tourette’s Syndrome.

When I started blogging I never planned on anyone reading what I wrote. Now that they do, I still don’t really plan on anyone reading what I write. Why? Because I write for fun. I write because it’s a healthy thing for me to do. Don’t get me wrong, I like having readers, and more readers is more fun than fewer readers. But before we get into the guest posting discussion, I just want that to be clear: I’d be doing the exact same thing whether I had zero readers or one million.

Whether I am at work or I am just out and about, living my life, I try to view everything as a game. This keeps it fun. One of the most frequent questions I get is “What motivates you to write so much?” Simple: the fear of boredom and the love of creating something that wasn’t here before me. The money doesn’t hurt either, what little of it there is.

I have one question for you:

Do you want more readers?

Then “why do you blog?” question isn’t even important for this discussion. If you want more readers, whether it’s for the potential fame, the money, the clicks on your ads, your affiliate sales, or because you can’t stand the thought of looking at your boss for one more day than you absolutely have to, you should guest post. You should spend time writing in other places. I’m not going to give you an absolute ratio, because there isn’t one, but I would personally suggest that the majority of the content you write goes on other sites, not your own.

It’s simple: if you want more traffic, you have to get more eyes on your work. The Internet is a big spastic screaming match where everyone is howling for attention. Your chances of getting found by new readers plummet drastically if you don’t venture out beyond home(page).

My first big guest post was for Problogger when World’s Strongest Librarian was about two months old, I think. I treated it like a game. I made a list of blogs that I had no business appearing on, based on their subject matter and size/authority, and I tried to figure out how to sneak onto them. Just as an experiment. I had no idea what would happen.

Well, what happened was that I got more traffic in the next three or four days than I ever had. A tiny fraction of it stuck. Most of it didn’t. At the time I knew nothing about SEO or the value of a link. It didn’t matter to me that a high ranking blog had just linked to my own.

So after I crossed Problogger off the list I made it onto Copyblogger and Men With Pens.

These produced similar results. Big, ephemeral traffic spikes, big links, a bump in RSS readers, and then back to business as usual, a little stronger than before.

You’ll hear this whole thing talked about in two ways, by two types of bloggers going through what look like very different paths.

People who are chasing “authority” and people who simply chase links.

The authority blog

I’ll use Problogger and Copyblogger as my examples again. These are authority sites based on their age, the amount of content they have, and the amount of links that are pointing to their sites. Regardless of any chirping I hear about “social” blogging or whatever we’re currently calling it, authority, in my opinion, still comes down to links.

Sure, the traffic might largely spread through social sources, but the real horsepower that ultimately results in passive income comes from the amount of links the blogs generate. The more links you have pointing at you, the more likely you are to be found by searchers.

By most metrics, I also have an authority blog (PR5, 60,000+ links according to Google Webmaster Tools, etc). The core of my readership fluctuates slightly and has held relatively steady for the last two years. My search traffic has gone up steadily and now accounts for the majority of my traffic. That’s because of the links. There are different values of links which are beyond the scope of this post, but the most simple guideline I can give is this question:

Could anyone get this link?

Along those lines, if you tweet one of your own posts, that link is not going to be worth as much as a link from a University’s website. How many bloggers could swing that anyways? (My hand is raised, but I am a crafty devil. Just kidding, it was pure luck).

Now back to guest posting

Let’s forget about semantics. Whether you believe you are chasing Authority or you are chasing links, they lead to the same thing: more traffic. More social traffic, more search traffic, just more. Now, whether you know how to do anything with that traffic is another subject, but if you just want more, you have to be seen.

Guest blogging or link chasing, it just comes down to more eyes on your work. Think of it however is most comfortable for you.

I’ve learned most of this stuff in hindsight. Now that I look at my results, I can tell why I have the stats I do. Lots of links and lots of word of mouth. It all started with appearing in other places.

I’d like you to try an experiment so you can gauge this for yourself. Come write a guest post for me. I get free content, you get a link from an authority blog and more eyes on your work. I’m always looking for book reviews. You can contact me here.

Then you can evaluate and see what you think about the guest posting process. This has been the gospel according to some guy who happens to have a blog that works well. Always run your own experiments and question what you hear.

And if you’re a spammer spewing out crap solely for links, I will know it. Then I’ll print your guest post out and jab it with a pointy stick.

But if you’re good, please consider this an open invitation. And if I sound like I think I know everything, keep this in mind: I only do this because it’s fun. When it’s not fun, I’ll do something else.

PS: Once I got going with guest writing, I was having so much fun it got kind of stupid. Here is the guest post I wrote for Copyblogger after a guest posting marathon.

Top Seven Excuses (From a Man’s Perspective)

If you enjoyed my article Why Women Lie About Shopping, you might as well enjoy this guest post by Benjamin Miller about shopping debacles … from a man’s point of view.

As Christmas nears, and the love for humans and family alike grow, we have decided to help all of those people out there who seem to have spent a little too much money – on themselves! Our handy dandy Christmas list is sure to be on everybody’s wish list! With no further ado we list the “Top Seven excuses to use when you made a huge purchase without your partners consent and are tying to make up for it by making an awesome excuse so you don’t have to sleep on the couch!”

7) Buying this will help our relationship! True for about the first three seconds until it hits them that you just spent the entire Christmas money on a Play Station, WII and a flat screen TV all in one day. Try to come up with a nice explanation as to how you can spend more time together, or better yet, have less time together!

6) You will use it as well! About 90% of the time your spouse will hound you for buying the (insert large item here) only to use it themselves! Explain this simple rule from the get go and you can throw it in their faces every time they bring it up.

5) I asked you weeks ago! In all honesty, you didn’t ask them weeks ago, and you probably decided to buy it once you walked into the store. However, good news for you, they probably don’t even remember what you told them a day ago let alone a few weeks. For better effect, use an exact date like October 12th.

4) What purchase, I don’t see any (insert large object here). This is the obvious bluff move here. Pretend you don’t see it, buy it, or have used it, all at the same time asking your significant other to move so that you can play with the (insert large object here).

3) But it was only (reduce actual price by 43%)! This will only work if you draw a big 43% off sign and place it in a very conspicuous place on the (insert large object here). If they believe you then you deserve to have bought it in the first place!

2) Because I wanted it! Before ducking from the obvious oncoming slap from your partner, enjoy in solace the fact that you stood up for yourself. The best news is that you can make a little fort out of the couch pillow for the next week.

1) I love you sweetie pie! Could be combined with flowers, chocolate or other affectionate items. This will only work for a short period of time, so make sure you get as much use out of the item as possible. By that time you won’t care if you have to sleep on the couch because you have already got copious amounts of joy out of your item!

BONUSDon’t tell them – This is the obvious choice for anybody. Just don’t tell your significant other and if they ask about it, simply change the subject. I recommend complimenting them on their hair or how well they look. This only works if they have cut their hair, but for most men their spouses will notice that they tried and forgive them for not noticing for the past 4 months.

There you have it, our awesome “Top Seven excuses to use when you made a huge purchase without your partners consent and are tying to make up for it by making an awesome excuse so you don’t have to sleep on the couch!” for 2010!

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Buy the Finer Things in Life, or Pay Off the Debt?

This inspiring article was written by Derek Sall. His article made me want to stop spending on all the frivolous things I like to indulge myself with and start being really serious about paying off our debt. Derek is a recent Finance graduate from Grand Valley State University and posts regular articles just like this one on his website,

I found my eyes lost in hers while I gently held her soft hands, and she smiled back as if I were the only man in the world at that moment. “I introduce to you, Mr. and Mrs. Sall.” We were married, and it was time to start our fabulous life together; one filled with trips to the beach and hardly a care in the world.

We moved into our apartment and within a couple of weeks, the mail parcels from “Direct Loans” began coming in. Suddenly, we realized that we had college loans to pay; they hadn’t seemed real before this moment, but now they hit us like a sack of bricks. My wife had not found a job yet, and my income was barely covering our necessary expenses. We were in trouble – and my wife needed to find a job fast.

Well, the glorious day did arrive when we found out that she had work. Soon after we received that first paycheck, we were able to pay only the interest that had been building on our deferred loans. At that moment we sat down and decided that we needed to get rid of these pesky bills.

What are the Benefits of Living Debt Free?

  • No extra interest payments over time (which can sometime be equal to the loan amount!)
  • Receive discounts with cash purchases instead of getting suckered on the payment plan
  • Have the ability to invest for your future
  • Live worry free with no debts!

After we made the decision to tackle our debt head on, we designed our first budget and began making loan payments of $200, $1,000, and at one point, $3,200. It’s amazing what can be done when we have a common focus!

Since January 2010, my wife and I have paid over $9,000 toward those student loans. One of them is completely paid and the other should be paid in full by April of 2011! It feels great!

It is completely worth it to give up a few luxuries in order to feel the freedoms that we are currently experiencing. I encourage you to start by taking a close look at your expenses – are they all necessary? If not, cut them out and put the money toward those debts! You’ll be glad you did.

Do you have a great debt story? Leave a comment and let me know how you handled it. Did you tackle it head on, or did you mistakenly allow it to build with interest?

Store Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping?

This is a guest post by Tim Chen who is founder and CEO of, a website that helps consumers to find rewards credit cards.  Tim also educates consumers about credit cards and debt management at the Forbes Moneybuilder Blog, the Huffington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Between overly aggressive sales clerks and cryptic PA announcements, shoppers could be led to believe that store credit cards are hotter than $499 HDTVs this holiday season.

Store cards have high interest rates, lousy credit card rewards, and none of the benefits of your average card, but all too often customers will look right past these issues and only see the initial discounts. So for those who can’t be talked out ofapplying for store credit cards this holiday season, know that using them wisely can still save you money and raise your credit score. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of store cards, and avoid getting taken to the woodshed.

Do Your Research
Don’t give into pressure to apply for a card where you rarely shop. Just because it offers you 10% off your first purchase doesn’t mean its actually going to save you money in the long term. On the other hand, if you’ve been considering a card for one of your favorite stores, do a little research. Which cards offer the best rewards?

For instance, Kohl’s sends 15 to 30% off discount coupons 12 times a year, plus pick-a-day savings six times a year if you spend $600 within 12 months. Best Buy offers 0% interest offers for big-ticket items and, when you use your Best Buy rewards card with your Best Buy credit card, you’ll earn extra bonus points. These are two of the best offers for frequent customers.

If you make the decision to open a card for a store you know you’ll shop at frequently, pick your day appropriately. Don’t open your new JC Penney’s card on a transaction where you’ll only be spending a few bucks. Save your 10% bonus savings for a day when your total is high and you can maximize the rebate, but don’t go so high that you won’t be able to pay the bill at the end of the month because the interest charges will mitigate the benefit.

The Macy’s credit card offers two consecutive days of savings – so apply for the card on a day when you know you can shop both days, preferably the day before a new, big sale.

Pay at the Register
Worried about getting into trouble with your store credit card and its 22% or higher interest rate? Carry cash and make a payment – in the same amount as your purchase – immediately. The clerk may roll her eyes and the credit card issuer won’t be thrilled, but you won’t have to worry about remembering due dates, keeping track of grace periods or setting aside the cash for the bill.

Keep a Budget
Those zero percent interest credit card offers from stores like Home Depot are very appealing for big-ticket items. But if you don’t pay off the balance before the introductory rate expires, you’ll get jammed with even more interest than you though.  The way these work is that you get charged interest retroactively for those months where you thought you were paying 0%, which won’t save you any money.

Set a budget for your purchase. If you just bought a home theatre system for $2400, including taxes, warranties and installation, with no interest for 12 months, make sure you can afford to pay $200 per month on the card. Also understand the difference between no interest/no payments and simply “no interest” offers. If you have “no payments,” keep that money in the bank, but make sure you set it aside where you won’t be tempted to touch it, since the payments will come due in the end.

Use Store Cards to Improve Your Credit Score
Your FICO credit score will take a few dings (3 to 5 points) whenever you apply for a new credit card, since recent credit checks count against you. And it’ll take another hit (up to 10 points) when you open a new account. But like any credit card, a store credit card can help your credit if you play it right:

– FICO counts retail and gas cards as “diverse” revolving credit, and a better mix of available credit aids in 10% of your credit score calculation.

– Since you won’t be keeping a balance on the card, you lower your credit utilization ratio, which makes up about 30% of your credit score.

– And paying your bills on time and in full also helps your payment history, or 35% of your score.

– The longer you keep the account open, the better it reflects on your credit score, since length of credit history makes up about 15% of your score.

Don’t give in to those impulses to get a store credit card just because you’ll save 10% on your $10 purchase in a store you visit once a year. Just tell the salesperson something like, “I just bought a house/car,” or – in the case of a really aggressive clerk – “I’m in bankruptcy.”  That’ll shut them up pretty quick.

How I Deal With Criticism

The following is a guest post by Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. Her blog covers saving, spending, and the fun stuff along the way.

Aloysa recently wrote a post, Food For Thought, about criticism as it pertains to writing and her natural reaction to it. It caught my interest because some of her experiences were so close to some of my own.


She first mentioned that moment when you finish a great piece only to find out that not everyone thinks it’s as amazing as you believed.

I don’t know how many times I type up a post with a huge smile on my face since, to me, the post has heart, is interesting, and will wow their socks off. Then I’ll type up a quick commentary piece -something I like but don’t actually expect to see really build any momentum.

The self-proclaimed uber-post will inevitably be my least popular post of the week. The fluff piece will have the most comments, links, and praise. This was a downer for me in the beginning until I saw the humor in the situation…

People appreciate controversy and opinions just as much or more than 100% original personal posts. It’s the way of the world and it makes me smile. I post everyday at BFS, 3-4 times a week at my other two blogs, staff write every Wednesday, and write guest posts every week or two as well. Commentary is way easier and faster for me to write than the heartfelt personal stories. This means that I can please my audience with a ton of faster posts while throwing my artsy posts in as well. That lets you enjoy yourself and allows me an artistic outlet at the same time. We just can’t beat that, right? :-)

Response to Criticism

Aloysa also mentions that she reacts defensively when her writing is criticized and she doesn’t agree. I think that is human nature. I am 27 years old and can control my emotions way better than in my teens, but I am light years from not being defensive when something I thought was awesome is “attacked”.

I’ve learned to hide that reaction a bit, but it is still there. My first response is almost always to think the other person is smoking mushrooms or something. They must be wrong because I’m obviously right. Then I remember that I am only the center of the world in my own head and try to keep myself from calling them names. It works 99% of the time. ;-)

Learning to Listen

I think this part of Aloysa’s post was dead on, “Try to dissociate yourself from a person who is giving you his/her opinion and look at criticism as information. Take from it what you consider useful without giving up on your dream.”

I’d only add that some of my most interesting conversations happened when I took the time to really listen to criticism and replied logically. A few times, I’ve been completely correct. Sometimes they are. Most of the time, we are both right about our own opinions and just didn’t think about it like that before. That whole “agreeing to disagree” thing is a cliché for a reason. :-)

What do you think? Have you found a way to deal with criticism in a constructive manner?

9 Simple Tips to Cut Your Electric Bill

How can I save money on my electric bill?

During these tough economic times, many of us are looking for the best ways to save money and reducing your energy usage is a great way and is good for the environment too! Reducing the amount you spend on electricity is easier than most people think. The following are a series of tips that can help save you money:

• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs. The bulbs initially cost more than regular bulbs but they use less than a third the amount of power and they can last more than 10 times the period.

• Invest in a hot water heater jacket in order to insulate your water heater tank. They only cost between $10 and $20 and will pay for itself quickly.

• Try to wash your clothes in cold water.

• Do your dishes and laundry efficiently with full loads. Do not run half loads in either the washing machine or the dishwasher unless absolutely necessary. Also, learn to dry your clothes on a clothesline. Not only does this save large amounts of electricity but it also leaves the clothes crisper and less wrinkled than would otherwise occur in the dryer.

• Do not overuse your air conditioner. Keep in mind that 50% of all household energy consists of cooling, heating, and cooking. Maybe use a thermostat which you can program in order to cool the air of your home for a couple of hours before you get home and program it also to go off when you go to bed at night.

• Use attic and ceiling fans. They are excellent for circulating air and can make your house feel cooler by several degrees.

• Replace older appliances with those that are more energy efficient. This is especially important in appliances such as stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators which consume a lot of electricity. The refrigerator alone accounts for about 20% of electricity consumed in the household. It may seem like an expensive venture to replace these appliances but it will certainly be worth it and make up for the price within several years. Ensure that the doors of the refrigerator and freezer are sealed properly and set them to the warmest settings that are reasonable.

• Unplug all electronics and appliances when you are gone. They actually drain power even if they are not being used. However, this will most likely only save you a dollar, maybe two on your next bill as this does not save as much electricity as many presume.

• Use low-flow toilets, faucets, and shower heads. These facets of your home will reduce the amount of hot water that is required and are not all that expensive to purchase. Low flow shower heads cost approximately $20.

Do you have any other tips for cutting your electric bill? Share them in the comments below!

Article by Bob – founder of – a personal finance blog from a Christian perspective.

3 Reasons to Consider Real Estate Investing

Not sure if you have ever considered real estate investing before, but today I want you to give it a chance. No, I am not asking you to get up, apply for a loan, pull all your savings out the bank and  invest in this bridge opportunity in Alaska with me. Just asking you to put down your guard for a moment as we talk about the three reasons I believe you should consider real estate investing.

First of all, you don’t need to have a bunch of money to get involved in real estate investing for beginners like you might suspect or as others might tell you. There are many different investment options for you to consider, but those are for another day. Today, I just want you to remain open to the possibility and not be so negative towards the adventure.

Here are your three reasons to consider:

1) The Challenge

If you are anything like me, and I suspect you are a bit, you love a good challenge. Well there is nothing like the adventures that you tend to go through as a real estate investor. At every turn there is something there that will make you adjust your style, approach, and time frame for getting something done. You have to manage people, personalities, expectations and then comes the money. If you don’t have a tight grip on the finances, things can get out of control in a hurry. You have to work with people that no more than you in particular areas to ensure that you are not being taken for a ride on this can’t miss deal that you have found. There are a lot of moving parts, but the challenge is amazing and the rewards can be as well.

2) Helping People

Many people probably don’t look at real estate investing as a humanitarian effort, but it can be. Not everyone in this field is out to make all the money they can at the demise of those around them. There are those that love the idea of purchasing a run down home on a block, fix it up, and sell it at a modest profit helping the neighborhood look, feel better and the purchaser as you kick in an extra 5% toward their closing cost to ensure they are off to a great start in their first home. Or you could be the landlord that rents to underprevilaged families to give them a solid place to build their future. And in the months they are there, work with them to help them build their credit score, get a grip on their debt, and learn how to save in the process.

Might sound hard to believe, but there are good people out there in the real estate market that are ready and willing to help others. It is just that the media don’t always focus on these people because it doesn’t make a great story. It just help people.

3) Profit

I would be lying to you if I didn’t talk about the money that can be earned from real estate investing. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is all for humanitarian movement. There is flat out cash to be made in real estate if you are willing to put in the hours of study, research and networking necessary to be successful. If you have the drive and ambition, then you can get it done, no problem.

There are just three reasons you should consider being a real estate investor. Let’s here some of your reasons you might want to get into the field or did I hit them all?


Freddie E. Taylor, MBA is the publisher of Invest With Passion, the #1 real estate investment magazine online, providing practical and useful information for real estate investing, small businesses, and personal finances. Visit us online at