02.20.12

Don’t Tolerate These Four Fees (50/365)

One of the surest signs that it’s time to switch to a new bank comes when you examine your monthly statement and see a lot

Reader Mailbag: Fun?

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

02.19.12

Get a Savings Account that Offers Better Interest (49/365)

Yesterday, I talked about the value of getting a (small) interest rate on your checking account. A similar tactic applies for savings accounts. Getting a

Dancing with Tomorrow

“Your house is paid off and you have some money in savings. Why not live a little?” A friend of mine asked me this the

02.18.12

Get a Checking Account That Offers Interest (48/365)

Interest rates are a funny thing. While interest is always a good thing to earn, predicting the exact rate you’ll get is far from an

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #60

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

02.17.12

Get a Bank Card with a Very Large Fee-Free ATM Network (47/365)

For the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing on how to save money on transportation. Now, we’re going to start looking at another potential money

Jobs and the Entrepreneur Mindset

I was digging through some old bookmarks recently when I came across this post from Afford Anything on the entrepreneur mindset. I’m going to quote

02.16.12

Plan Ahead for a Car Replacement (46/365)

When Sarah replaced her first car (an old Toyota Celica) with her second car (a Mercury Sable of about 1999 vintage), she was financially unprepared

Reader Mailbag: Novel Writing Update

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

02.15.12

Pay for Car Repairs with a Credit Card (45/365)

The usual personal finance advice tells people to avoid credit cards like the plague. The reason for that is quite straightforward. Credit cards make it

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Politics Edition

You would think, with the Iowa caucus ending a month and a half ago, that the automated political calls would stop for our family. You’d

02.14.12

Shop Around for Car Repairs (44/365)

This is one of those tips that you hear and immediately think, “Easier said than done.” Why? Most of the time when you need a

Compound Interest, Compound Opportunity

One of the first topics covered in almost any personal finance book you read is the power of compound interest. Compound Interest 101 You can

02.13.12

Don’t Get Optional Stuff During Maintenance (43/365)

Whenever I get an oil change at one of those typical oil change places (think JiffyLube or something similar), I’m inundated by requests for tons

Reader Mailbag: Writing Focus

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

02.12.12

Don’t Speed – Instead, Use Cruise Control (42/365)

A few years ago, I was pulled over for going 61 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone. I mumbled and grumbled

02.12.12

The Different Meanings of Saving for Retirement

My parents and Sarah’s parents are roughly the same age. Their retirement-age experieces are much different than each other. My parents are both retired in

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