Reader Mailbag

Questions about Home Buying, Windfalls, Icebreakers, and Diapers

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. Mechanical Turk to blog migration 2. Music for focused work 3. Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s? 4. Investing advice for teens 5. Cheap lunches at work …

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Questions on Windfalls, Identity Theft, Groceries, and Credit Cards

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. Credit cards and miles 2. Buy it for life: backpack 3. Lending Club? 4. Unexpected $5,000 windfall 5. Completed journals and identity theft 6. 2-for-$3 deals …

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Questions About Clotheslines, Old Credit Cards, Pens, and $2 Bills

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. Buying a house for mom 2. Is Roth IRA enough? 3. Serenity prayer 4. Ice machines and hotels 5. Using a small clothesline 6. Question editing …

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Questions About Insurance, BPA, 529s, National Parks, 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. Insurance and breast pumps 2. Donations and religious groups 3. Cosigning on a mortgage 4. Cashing out whole life policy 5. Planning a “national parks” vacation …

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Summertime Reading

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. Moving in together 2. Paying no-interest bills ahead 3. Extra car keys? 4. Retirement basics 5. Do I need financial advice? 6. Home ownership questions 7. …

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Parents and Children and Other 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. Parents and gifts 2. Balance transfer question 3. Best free children’s educational programs 4. Non-monthly budget items 5. Acorns? 6. Product codes 7. Mortgage strategy 8. …

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Site Changes

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. Working during downtime 2. Choosing among retirement options 3. Charge card or credit card? 4. Baseball cards 5. Money left over in budget 6. Is being …

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A Brief List of National Parks and Forests I Will Be Visiting Later This Summer

Shawnee National Forest. Daniel Boone National Forest. Cherokee National Forest. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pisgah National Forest. Sumter National Forest. Osceola National Forest. Ocala National Forest. Possibly more. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this. National parks and forests are an amazing opportunity to see our nation’s beauty for a …

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Reader Mailbag: Word Association

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. Retirement and asset allocation 2. Breaking the bar routine 3. Regular or Roth TSP? 4. Game night and small kids 5. Financial seminar scam 6. Income …

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Reader Mailbag: Personal Finance Isn’t an Exact Science

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. Buy it for life spatula? 2. Savings question 3. Fun without spending 4. Buying and selling laptops 5. Financial independence and children 6. Teenage entrepreneurial guidance …

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Reader Mailbag: Book Club

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. $82 a day for retirement? 2. Wedding photography 3. Passive income 4. Trick for fuel saver programs 5. Value of nice restaurant 6. Frugality and context …

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Reader Mailbag: The Walk

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. Space heaters 2. Trader Joe’s 3. Too cheap around friends 4. Keeping funds separate 5. Parenting and work 6. Clark Howard thoughts 7. Dealing with partner’s …

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Reader Mailbag: Memorial Day

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. Food pantry dilemma 2. Cheap mortgage, early payoff? 3. Long-lasting soap 4. Job board? 5. Taxes and living off dividends 6. Why no rentals? 7. Dishwashers …

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Reader Mailbag: Failed CEO Bonuses

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. Differing views 2. Jobs and automation 3. Investment management services 4. Handling injury settlement 5. Unusual door prize 6. Sneaking candy into theaters 7. Buy-it-for-life with …

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Reader Mailbag: Graduation Season

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. Auto refinancing 2. New direction 3. Supporting local businesses 4. “Driving into the ground” perspective 5. Bad neighborhood, cheap rent 6. Ups and downs 7. Credit …

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Reader Mailbag: Bag Contents

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. Inexpensive family reunion ideas 2. Stay at home parent prep 3. Dollar stores 4. Free software update 5. Beware gift card scams 6. Moving back in …

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Reader Mailbag: Mother’s Day

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. Saving for a house 2. Partner doesn’t trust banks 3. Minimizing grocery store trips 4. Help with investment risk 5. Home disclosure 6. Copying library audio …

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Reader Mailbag: Lifetime Learning

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. Protecting small business idea 2. Idea for app 3. Church donation advice 4. Side business income 5. Weird student loan arrangement 6. One meal a day …

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Reader Mailbag: Fine China

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. Mortgage question 2. Old papers 3. Renting from parents and insurance 4. Skill diversification 5. Willpower struggles 6. Space for useful stuff 7. Mortgage recasting 8. …

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