• Reader Mailbag: Mushrooms

    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. Balancing savings and risk 2. Cheap automobile situation 3. Finding auction deals 4. Property and income tax 5. Children and careers 6. Archiving old magazines 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Helicoptering

    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. New company 401(k) question 2. Freezing in plastic 3. Eating cheap on road trip 4. Leasing an electric vehicle 5. Too much money into retirement? 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Spring Rain

    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 loan versus mortgage 2. Childhood identity theft 3. Shopping in Wal-Mart community 4. Tax refund questions 5. Change fonts to save money? 6. Phantom energy? …

  • Reader Mailbag: Little Steps

    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. Help disputing bill 2. Requesting credit increase 3. Most valuable thing you’ve learned 4. Finances and dating 5. Buying electronics for life? 6. Frugal social circle …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Weakness of Electronic Communication

    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. College savings as gift? 2. Bullet journal 3. Company stocks 4. Unemployed; what’s next? 5. “Sell by” date on food 6. Will I need it later? …

  • Reader Mailbag: The “Tool of the Month”

    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. Other investing options 2. Social media and career value 3. Dating expenses and budgeting 4. Struggling with lots of debt 5. Store credit card drawbacks 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Field Trips

    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. More retirement savings 2. Value of shorter commute? 3. Dishwasher versus hand washing 4. Twenty-something decisions 5. Buying razors for life 6. Value of shorter commute? …

  • Reader Mailbag: Participation

    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. Small business advice 2. Cost-effective couponing strategy 3. Living paycheck to paycheck? 4. 401(k) withdrawal advice 5. Husband cheating – what now? 6. Old toothbrushes 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Diagnosing Computer Problems

    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. IRA or savings account? 2. Rental properties 3. Why risk money? 4. Aggressive mortgage repayment? 5. The Billion Dollar Bracket 6. Freebies and ethics 7. Emergency …

  • Reader Mailbag: Reusing Things

    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. Cash out of pension? 2. Store credit card as coupon? 3. Stomaching stock market fluctuation 4. Emergency supply question 5. Food while unemployed 6. 4% for …

  • Reader Mailbag: NCAA Tournament

    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. Elevation Group question 2. Income and home ownership 3. Prime price change 4. Struggling with expensive housing 5. LED bulbs break even point? 6. Buying gift …

  • Reader Mailbag: Teaching Emotion Management

    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. Renters insurance 2. Mint and security 3. A question about blenders 4. Network marketing question 5. Yard sales waste of time? 6. Career shift misery 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Civil Disobedience in Toddlers

    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. Personal loan question 2. Everyone else has more money 3. Spice question 4. Child credit question 5. Huge warehouse club bills 6. Miserable at well-paying job …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Discarded Dreams

    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. Starting a business 2. Spreading hobby costs socially 3. General life insurance question 4. Making major financial decisions 5. St. Patrick’s Day frugality 6. Buy it …

  • Reader Mailbag: Dreams and Ideas

    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. Comparing passive investments 2. Handling mistakes 3. Turning down guardianship 4. Am I being paranoid? 5. Disposable homes 6. How much for retirement? 7. To move …

  • Reader Mailbag: Reorganizing Documents

    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. Projecting stock market returns 2. Thoughts on MtGox and Bitcoin? 3. Frugal furniture 4. Paid debts and credit reports 5. Kicking out child 6. Shopping for …

  • Reader Mailbag: Marriage and Freedom

    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. Last-minute retirement savings 2. Personal finance suggestions are unrealistic 3. Assessing state of a car 4. Emergency fund for debt? 5. Never want to retire 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: February Thaw

    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 sibling with retirement 2. Cheap haircuts 3. Podcast baby steps 4. Recent graduate with car trouble 5. Selling car 6. Handling big raise 7. Down …

  • Reader Mailbag: Special Meals

    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. Father getting out of debt 2. Reporting interest 3. Freedom versus feeling like loser 4. Alcoholism and finances 5. Underwater home – should I care? 6. …