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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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. …

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Reader Mailbag: Pride

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. Safe harbor 401(k) match 2. Income tax question 3. Shouldn’t numbers win? 4. Credit freeze question 5. Finding time to read 6. Feeling hopeless 7. How …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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