• Reader Mailbag: Helping Children Succeed

    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 or mortgage repayment? 2. Flowers for Valentine’s Day? 3. News without cable 4. Credit card with bad credit 5. LLC for hobby business? 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Quitting

    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. Vacation spending 2. Tablet as exercise tool 3. Personal finance TV shows 4. Oil-filled radiators 5. Kindle e-books 6. Finding new friends as adult 7. The …

  • Reader Mailbag: Working Ahead

    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. Renting or buying musical instruments 2. Inflation and mortgage length 3. Why so much to retire? 4. Disabled daughter worries 5. Parents moving in 6. Paranoid …

  • Reader Mailbag: Super Bowl Plans

    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. Update on “dream home” savings 2. Heroes? 3. Gift tax question 4. Discount glasses 5. Buying house without mortgage 6. Door locks 7. Business as retirement …

  • Mixing Multitasking and Focusing

    Recently, I wrote an article entitled Convenience and Expenses: Why Time Management Really Matters, where I explored the connection between personal finance and time management and I promised some follow-up articles on specific elements of time management that connected deeply with personal finance. Here’s the first of these articles. People can’t spread their attention fully …

  • Reader Mailbag: Babysitting Service

    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. Alternative payment options 2. Worried about spoiling child 3. Stop gap job? 4. Credit limit increases 5. Rolling over old 401(k)s 6. Maintaining old professional connections …

  • Reader Mailbag: My Travel Goal

    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. Is diversified debt necessary? 2. Sibling who constantly borrows 3. Debt payoff order 4. Retirement and career changes 5. Living off net worth 6. Personal finance …

  • Reader Mailbag: Soups

    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. Radical change in career path 2. Organizing ideas for a book 3. Biweekly mortgage payments 4. ACS student loan and bankruptcy 5. Self-employment income and taxes …

  • Reader Mailbag: Friendship

    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. Roth or Traditional 2. Affordable Care Act and marriage 3. Airports and outside food 4. Tip for freezing soup 5. Cheapest way to get gas 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Changing Brand Quality

    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 401(k)? 2. Careers with perks 3. Estate auction question 4. Book for early twentysomethings 5. Selling collectibles to a friend 6. Ending whole life …

  • Reader Mailbag: Cold Well Wishes

    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. Selling antique car 2. Friend who sells 3. Space heater? 4. Thinking about relocation 5. Child irresponsible with money 6. LED bulbs 7. Retirement savings question …

  • Reader Mailbag: Cold Weather Frugality

    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. Photos instead of heirlooms 2. Making your own clothes 3. Children financially contributing to gifts 4. Moving service or truck? 5. Trading in high mileage car …

  • Reader Mailbag: New Year’s Eve

    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. Roth rollover worth it? 2. Exercise motivation in northern climate 3. Startup money for side business 4. Savings or debt repayment? 5. Inflation and old financial …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Fifty Two Week Project

    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. Raising chickens 2. Guidelines for handling phishing 3. Credit cards and scores 4. Exercise expenses 5. Is cheap wine worth it? 6. Why recommend slow cookers? …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Most Exhausting Christmas Ever

    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 flow after debt repayment 2. Target card response 3. Expiration date question 4. How much for retirement? 5. Buying food for elderly grandmother 6. Food …

  • Reader Mailbag: Goals for 2014 Edition

    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. Why retire early? 2. “Dumb” at money 3. “Food for a year” kits 4. Legal advice for consumer disputes 5. Men’s hair tip 6. Christmas gift …

  • Reader Mailbag: Morning

    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. Ready for another child? 2. Gift cards for Christmas 3. Shrinking packages 4. Investing savings 5. Buying your own cell phone 6. Hobbies that make money …

  • Reader Mailbag: Budgeting Systems

    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 complainers 2. Seasonal affective disorder 3. Giving gift of time 4. Writing about others 5. Beating the market 6. Parents kicked me out 7. 401(k) …

  • Reader Mailbag: Friends After School

    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. Alternative sources for student loans 2. Early writings 3. Reusing packing materials 4. Is newspaper gift wrap okay? 5. It won’t sell on Craigslist! 6. Home …