• Reader Mailbag: Family Visits

    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. Car upgrade question 2. Two dollar bills 3. Homeschooling costs 4. Rewarding academic excellence 5. Preparing for coming child 6. Leaving behind a family heirloom 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Building New Relationships in the Community

    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. Traditional or Roth 401(k)? 2. Anticipation with letdown 3. Invest or pay off debt? 4. Weird allowance problem 5. Which loan first? 6. Online spending habits …

  • Reader Mailbag: Sensitive Information

    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. Marriage and debt repayment 2. Charitable giving 3. Over-the-air television 4. Is a house too big? 5. Emergency calls with no landline 6. Dealing with lying …

  • Reader Mailbag: Old Songs

    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 Mom 2. Getting rid of credit cards 3. Credit card help 4. Buying a house? 5. More thoughts on GMOs 6. Gap year 7. Small …

  • Reader Mailbag: Spiritual Journeys

    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 and chronic illness 2. Handling work stress 3. Set back to the edge 4. Handling door-to-door people 5. Credit card dependency 6. Starting self-employment …

  • Reader Mailbag: Jury Duty

    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 inheritance and goals 2. Fighting over small amounts 3. Calculating “real” salary? 4. Saving inheritance for retirement 5. Driving totaled car 6. Moving up in …

  • Reader Mailbag: Sad Letters

    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. Cheap diet dilemma 2. Support via gift card 3. Why cosigning is bad idea 4. Public domain books 5. Old floppy discs 6. Yard sale price …

  • Reader Mailbag: Boredom

    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. Rolling 401(k)s into Roth IRA 2. Simple cheap and healthy breakfasts 3. Solving bad debt situation 4. More expensive internet worth it? 5. Prioritizing student loan …

  • 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. Credit for new immigrant 2. Kindle MatchBook 3. Good credit moves? 4. Controlling anger about money 5. Alternative to Christmas Club 6. Selling weapons 7. Does …

  • Reader Mailbag: Old Notebooks

    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. Online yard sale advice 2. Frugal allergy solutions 3. Complaining at the checkout 4. Childhood phase or lifelong passion? 5. A mechanic you can trust 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: A Moment Is All It Takes

    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. Homeowner’s insurance troubles 2. Self-improvement blues 3. High income personal finance advice 4. Starting a small business 5. Prioritizing goals 6. Antiques Roadshow? 7. Trimming down …

  • Reader Mailbag: Pancake Breakfast

    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. Storage areas 2. Recovering drug addict 3. Hourly pay calculations 4. Magic: the Gathering collection 5. Tax refund confusion 6. Adjusting a sleep cycle 7. Parental …

  • Reader Mailbag: Family Worries

    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. Controlling spending in retirement 2. Shaving not worth cost? 3. Checking out potential roommates 4. Losing hope 5. Financially irresponsible family 6. Child cost panic 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: A New Week

    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. Assessing property 2. Scratched DVD repair 3. Worried about upcoming baby costs 4. Disagreeing about what’s “essential” 5. Gardening baby steps 6. Baby expense disagreement 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Bedtime Stories

    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. More miles from used car? 2. Is real estate best investment? 3. Unsure about first retirement steps 4. Older personal finance books 5. Figuring out wedding …

  • Reader Mailbag: Flavors of Summer

    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. Value of homeowner tax benefits 2. Sports memorabilia 3. Mortgage or full purchase savings? 4. Passive income and ebooks 5. Returning to the workplace 6. Sharing …

  • Reader Mailbag: Weather Tools

    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. Child investing with tiny amounts 2. 25% not enough? 3. Combine retirement accounts or not? 4. Identity theft and online accounts 5. Eyeglass help 6. Do …

  • Reader Mailbag: Summer Weather and Event Planning

    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. Handling low interest student loan 2. Endless justifications 3. Paying escrow balance early 4. Measuring success 5. Finding ways to save more 6. Internet service question …

  • Reader Mailbag: Writing Preparation

    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. Investing small amounts 2. Overcoming jealousy 3. Nutrition versus budgeting 4. Percent into 401(k)? 5. Improving credit score 6. Best self-improvement books? 7. Charging boyfriend rent …