• Reader Mailbag: Single Parent Respect

    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 everything 2. Spouse wasting money on politics 3. Dental insurance 4. Thrift shop 5. Car buying question 6. Cash in car 7. Tax allowances 8. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Running for Beginners

    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 education for gifted kids 2. Steam sales 3. Student loan consolidation question 4. Making money while watching TV 5. Timing of house purchase 6. Tapping …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Pleasure of Reading

    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. 401(k) and retirement age 2. Overaccumulation of wealth and guilt? 3. Investing outside of 401(k) 4. Stage fright 5. Non-recourse loans 6. Frugal but healthy diet …

  • Reader Mailbag: Quotes

    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. Finding “lost” 401(k)s 2. Finding balance 3. New cell phone advice 4. Moving expenses 5. Is net worth worthwhile? 6. Convincing twentysomething about retirement savings 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Sunburn

    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 a troubled friend 2. Dating and budgets 3. Investments for high income couple 4. New games: short, fun, cheap 5. Career coaching and mentoring 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Independence Day

    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. Impact of credit limit increase 2. Christmas clubs 3. Retirement gamble? 4. Trying not to judge 5. Materials for high schoolers 6. Spouse replaces nearly new …

  • Reader Mailbag: Books and People

    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. Breaking even on income taxes 2. Paralyzed by spending anything 3. Debt with expected income drop 4. GMOs 5. Challenging elderly parent situation 6. Unwanted gifts …

  • Reader Mailbag: Fresh Strawberries

    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. Paid-up life insurance 2. Tablet as frugal computer replacement? 3. Online stock trading 4. Frugality and income 5. Why revocable trusts? 6. Need donation receipt 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Sandboxes

    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. Laundry soap question 2. LED bulbs 3. Anticipating marriage 4. Ultra-frugal clothes washing 5. Applying for multiple credit cards 6. Teaching children simpler tastes 7. Paying …

  • Reader Mailbag: Mowing the Grass

    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. Piecing through debts 2. Children’s birthday cards 3. Handling when life kicks you 4. Exhaustion after work 5. Lifetime memberships 6. Intensity comes and goes 7. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Fresh Salad Greens

    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 worry 2. Replacing a toilet 3. Foreclosure or not? 4. Pension or 401(k) 5. Retirement plan for older folks 6. Sell first or move first? …

  • Reader Mailbag: Board Games with Children

    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. In favor of a smartphone 2. Summer break activities 3. More money causes stress 4. Robert Kiyosaki 5. Financial stress or paranoia? 6. Parent helping child …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Fog

    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. Pre-conception college fund 2. Using tax refund effectively 3. Ashamed of using aid 4. The four percent rule 5. Dan Ariely 6. Look for job now? …

  • Reader Mailbag: Book Shelves

    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. Newly widowed and worried 2. Overwhelmed by money stress 3. Money book for late teens 4. Toning down big dreams 5. Emergency fund and debt snowball …

  • Reader Mailbag: Summer Vacation

    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 new college graduate 2. Constant complaints 3. The value of trade school 4. Lessons for children 5. Lending Club thoughts 6. Selling off part of …

  • Reader Mailbag: Hardware Failure

    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. Elderly in financial trouble 2. Crafting projects 3. After bankruptcy 4. Making money with music 5. College savings or not? 6. Changing friends 7. Basic investing …

  • Reader Mailbag: The Tragedy

    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. “Rent to own” proposal 2. Trying to change routines 3. Spouse disagreement about retirement savings 4. Local Edward Jones for investments 5. Cast iron pot 6. …

  • Reader Mailbag: Favorite Albums

    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. Checking account buffer 2. Insuring collectibles 3. School now or later? 4. Traveling for music 5. Parents helping with home purchase 6. Piano lessons 7. A …

  • Reader Mailbag: Graduation Season

    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. Difficulty estimating freelance income 2. Graduation gift 3. Never wanting retirement 4. Why buy a premium car? 5. Prenupital agreement 6. Road trip dining 7. Low …