08.20.12

Know Exactly What You Can Afford Before You Look (232/365)

When Sarah and I first had a sense that we might be interested in buying a home, we simply opened up the real estate listings

Reader Mailbag: Writing in the Car

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

08.19.12

Get a Shorter-Term Mortgage with a Lower Interest Rate (231/365)

Whenever a person is ready to apply for a mortgage, they’re faced with an emormous array of options. Different lenders are advertising different rates. There

08.18.12

Get a HUD-1 Form and Know What You’re Looking At (230/365)

If there is a single piece of advice that I would give to the cost-conscious mortgage shopper, it would be to obtain a copy of

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #87

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.

08.17.12

Consider a Cheaper Part of the Country (229/365)

Sarah and I have relatives and friends spread all across the country: Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Boston, New York. We have friends that live in cities,

Pride

We all want to have a life that we can be proud of. We want a life that we’re happy to show to others. We

08.16.12

Consider a Cheaper Neighborhood (228/365)

When Sarah and I were shopping around for our home, we looked at the options available in several different communities. During our first rounds of

Reader Mailbag: Sleep Interrupted

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

08.15.12

If You Don’t Have a Down Payment Yet, Rent (227/365)

When a person arrives at the point in their life where they desire home ownership, that person often doesn’t have 20% of the cost of

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Back to School Edition

My two oldest children are starting school in a week or so. My oldest child is returning to school, but it’s a new thing for

08.14.12

If You’re Planning on Moving in the Next Five Years, Rent (226/365)

If you’re thinking about buying a home, one of the first things you should consider is how long you’re going to stay in the area.

08.13.12

Ask Your Doctor about Generics (225/365)

As I’ve mentioned before on The Simple Dollar, I take Synthroid every morning, as I’ve done since I was three days old. Synthroid is a

Reader Mailbag: Watches

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

08.12.12

Ask Your Doctor for Prescription Samples (224/365)

You go to the doctor. Your doctor writes you a prescription to cover an ongoing ailment that you’re suffering. He mentions a few side effects.

08.11.12

Consider Traveling for Surgeries or Other Medical Care (223/365)

For most of us, medical care starts with our primary care physician. We visit the doctor, he or she refers us to a specialist if

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #86

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.

08.10.12

Talk to Your Doctor about Independent Steps (222/365)

Whenever people go to the doctor for an ailment, they often expect to walk out the door with a prescription in hand. Ideally, that prescription

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