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Questions About Homemade Pasta, Birthday Parties, Online Banking, 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. Checking account “buffer” 2. Choosing between many housing options 3. Cheap boy’s birthday ideas 4. Optimizing the “retire early” point 5. Chance to start over 6. …

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Questions About Cheap Camping, Office Chairs, Steam, 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. Cheap camping options 2. Diabetic question 3. Water leaking from air vents 4. Handling a medical catastrophe 5. Side gigs at work? 6. Office chair suggestion …

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Questions About Fast Casual, Amazon Credit, BPA, 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. Can’t save enough for independence 2. Challenges after quitting 3. Board game box repairs 4. Using Amazon credit 5. Starting a writing career 6. Stipend from …

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Questions About Roth 401(k), Vintage Signs, Refrigerators, 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. Investing for financial independence 2. Refrigerators and stoves for life 3. Frugal negativity and economy 4. Maximizing benefits at low-income job 5. Investing as charity? 6. …

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Questions About Firewood, Costco, Picnics, Homebrewing, 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. Lost without urgency 2. Spending money isn’t bad 3. Non-sandwich picnic ideas 4. Why retire early? 5. Replacing paper towels 6. Sam’s Club or Costco 7. Mother …

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Questions About Lawnmowers, Banking Privacy, Self-Learning, Ice, Summer Reading 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. Children as insurance policy? 2. Exercise outside the gym 3. Installing solar panels? 4. Bank violation of privacy 5. A frugal society is bad? 6. Buy …

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Questions About YouTube, Negative Families, Moving Out, 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. Family negative about financial goals 2. Free MBA 3. Feeling pressure regarding inheritance 4. Old financial magazines 5. Box wine tip 6. Buy it for life: …

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Questions About Cheap Wine, Book Swapping, Smartphones, 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. The smartphone carousel 2. Freezer thawing frustration 3. Planning out a move 4. Disheartened by 401(k) mistakes 5. Finding cheap bulk wine 6. Getting started with …

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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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