• 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 …

  • Reader Mailbag: Snowblower Repair

    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. Stocks before emergency fund? 2. Curbside furniture salvage? 3. Planning for early retirement 4. Alcohol and holiday celebrations 5. Lending money to a friend 6. Do …

  • Reader Mailbag: Financial Reality in Popular Music

    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. Smartphone recommendation 2. Making money at trading stocks 3. Sorting out different savings goals 4. Awful returns in Roth IRA 5. Rent or buy in Miami …

  • Reader Mailbag: Road Trip Checklist

    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. Thoughts on national debt 2. Working through distractions 3. Debating options for covering education 4. Books and ebooks as gifts 5. Trouble thinking about future 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Family Conversation

    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. Quality item – or just expensive? 2. Pay down by interest rate 3. Married into poverty 4. Why pay for “freemium”? 5. Frugal professional fashion 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Saying Something

    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. Life insurance money lost 2. Rental houses 3. Feeling buried in debt 4. Nostalgia and closet space 5. Pressure cookers 6. The “must have” Christmas gift? …

  • Reader Mailbag: Cornucopia

    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 costs while traveling 2. Holiday lodging 3. Non-frugal roommate 4. Fear of returning to school 5. Christmas becoming expensive 6. Can I trust financial advisor …

  • Reader Mailbag: Holiday Preparations

    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. Direct investing 2. Not motivated at work 3. High inflation question 4. Collection plate 5. First steps toward investing 6. Talking to friends about money 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Piano Lessons

    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. Logic of retirement savings 2. Do customer surveys matter? 3. Trailer park “stigma” 4. Greedy children 5. Better return on emergency fund 6. How to stop …

  • Reader Mailbag: Self-Therapy

    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 non-profit right option? 2. Old papers 3. Solution for not seeing leftovers 4. Coworker who always borrows 5. Best savings option for newborn 6. Why …

  • Reader Mailbag: My Favorite Podcasts

    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. Icebreaker game 2. Sell inherited gold coins 3. Time to upgrade car? 4. Angry future in-laws 5. The “bank of dad” question 6. Self-employment taxes 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Happy Halloween

    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. Wedding gift conundrum 2. Cheap and healthy lunches 3. Refund concerns 4. Prayer and personal finance 5. Unsure about next investment steps 6. Child’s expensive birthday …

  • Reader Mailbag: Home Project Weekend

    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. Using the company car 2. What constitutes an emergency? 3. Robert Kiyosaki and Suze Orman 4. Higher interest on savings accounts 5. Getting lower credit card …

  • Reader Mailbag: Children and Careers

    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 school 2. Note-taking software 3. Tips for cheap golf 4. Why worry about credit score? 5. Career crossroads 6. Weak will 7. Inheritance and …

  • Reader Mailbag: Leaves

    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. Battling underemployment and debt 2. Happy medium 3. A slow inheritance 4. Employer tuition reimbursement 5. Impatience 6. Daily free exercise routine? 7. Social Security for …

  • Reader Mailbag: Estate Auctions

    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. Media mail question 2. Money and teenage son 3. Loan payoff and emotional crisis 4. Rich Dad? 5. Figuring out savings goals 6. Too many goals …

  • Reader Mailbag: Never Burn Bridges

    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. Determining credit damage to minor 2. Unemployed with kids 3. Helping fix a credit score 4. Stupid ATM charges 5. Taxes on savings bonds 6. Millionaire …

  • Reader Mailbag: Writing Ebooks

    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. Funding child’s health insurance 2. International travel currency concerns 3. Smartphones at a discount? 4. Credit card diversity? 5. Figuring out multiple bank accounts 6. Returning …

  • Reader Mailbag: Computer Upgrade

    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 vs. long term savings 2. Chess set for beginner? 3. What comes after emergency savings? 4. Long shot dreams? 5. Size of emergency fund 6. …