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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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? …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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. …

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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? …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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