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Questions About Loan Forgiveness, ETFs, Entrepreneurship, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Viability of loan forgiveness program 2. Philosophy of personal finance 3. Another reason for emergency fund 4. Questions about ETFs 5. Brown bags cost effective? 6. Maximizing …

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Questions About Boots, Roth IRAs, Expense Ratios, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Car buying dilemma 2. Buying a home with inheritance 3. Expense ratio basics 4. Daily checklist example 5. Buy it for life: boots 6. Roth IRA …

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Questions About Guitar Lessons, 211, Convenience Foods, and More!

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 to the question. 1. 211 2. Strategies for fast mortgage payoff 3. Breaking convenience food routines 4. Justin Guitar 5. Perspective 6. Storing food staples 7. Haggling in big box …

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Questions About The Career Game, Virtual Assistants, Rust, Life Insurance, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Very low interest debt 2. Family white board 3. Loaning money to a friend 4. Virtual assistant 5. Dividend stocks or not? 6. A little rust …

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Questions About IRS Phone Calls, Homemade Pizza, Dollar Coins, Insurmountable Goals, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Figuring out tax call 2. Multiple income streams or one? 3. Setting unattainable goals 4. Best lottery winnings option 5. Credit cards and emergency funds 6. Gear …

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Questions About Wallets, Hybrid Cars, Procrastination, Personal Loans, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Tiniest food budget 2. Retirement income drop 3. Dealing with excessive email 4. Long-lasting wallet 5. Long-lasting jeans 6. Personal loan advice 7. Question about buying …

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Questions About Goodwill, Credit Scores, Dating, Home Buying and More!

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 to the question. 1. Financial discipline and dating 2. Retiring early after bull market 3. Buying a first home 4. Lifetime warranty question 5. Being productive 6. Can’t visualize long …

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Questions About Paper Plates, Declining Brands, Windfalls, Community Theater and More!

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 to the question. 1. Mispriced items at local grocer 2. Brands that have gone downhill 3. Handling $5,000 windfall 4. Commute or rent closer? 5. Setting annual or quarterly goals …

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Questions About Thin Mints, Netflix, Daniel Norris, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Girl Scout cookies 2. Cash income and taxes 3. Daniel Norris 4. Credit cards are a ripoff! 5. Parkinson’s Law 6. Overwhelming student loan debt 7. …

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Questions About Radio Shack, Pocket Notebooks, CSAs, Eggs, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Fast food after work habit 2. Radio Shack sales 3. Thoughts on micro housing 4. Pocket notebook organization 5. Secret inheritance and executorship 6. Boomers and …

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Questions About Bed Sheets, Used CDs, Health Insurance, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Health insurance and job switching 2. Hosting guests at home? 3. Balancing retirement and college savings 4. Wonderful money free weekends! 5. Time to become a homeowner? …

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Questions About Grills, Smoothies, Photos, Debt and More!

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 to the question. 1. Frugality and abusing charity 2. Gifts for groomsmen 3. Spending in response to debt 4. Unlimited photo storage with Prime 5. Dave Ramsey’s 12% returns 6. …

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Questions About Gloves, Castille Soap, TurboTax, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Paying ahead on student loans 2. Why does tax deferring matter? 3. Investing in collectible cards 4. Camera and money advice 5. Buy it for life: …

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Questions About Blenders, Cold Cuts, Books, Allowances, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Excessive unpaid overtime 2. Buy it for life: blender 3. Ashamed of cheapness 4. Basics of income taxes 5. Trade school questions 6. Getting mortgage with …

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Questions About Ice Scrapers, 529 Changes, Freecycle, and More!

Questions About Ice Scrapers, 529 Changes, Freecycle, and More! 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 to the question. 1. Money slipping through the cracks 2. Car window ice removal advice 3. Freecycle question 4. Too much …

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Questions About Podcasts, Crossfit, Games, Pets, and More!

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 to the question. 1. How to save my raise 2. Cheap starter pantry supplies 3. Handling inherited pets 4. Problems with “free to play” 5. Happiness and frugality 6. Religion …

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Questions About CSAs, Homebrewing, Toxins, Sandwich Presses, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Roommates versus money 2. On buying a rental property 3. Does homebrewing save money? 4. Best single piece of advice? 5. Joining a CSA 6. Keeping …

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Questions About Venmo, Duffel Bags, Zero Sum Budget, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Splitting 401(k) contributions into Roth 2. How to measure 2014 progress? 3. Listening to audio in kitchen 4. Uncertain about financial decisions 5. Reducing anger in …

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Questions About Sale Prices, Photoshop, Cast Iron, Books, and More!

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 to the question. 1. Helping parents with retirement 2. Question about sales 3. Moving to new investment firm 4. Vegetarian options at ethnic grocers 5. Buying nonperishable food online 6. …

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