A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Shannon asked “What book/blog/resource do you recommend as a dummys guide to learning about investments? I’m not sure where to start.” Over the past several years, I’ve read piles and piles …

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A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Brittaney asked “what should every soon to be college graduate know about finances before entering the real world?” This is actually a surprisingly difficult question to answer because different college graduates …

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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. Refinance mortgage to add spouse? 2. Scanner recommendations 3. Paying off boyfriend’s debt 4. Investing in bond funds 5. Budget question from Phillipines 6. Financial book for teenager 7. Birthday presents for children 8. Handling extra cash flow 9. Insurance deductibles question 10. Enjoying baseball inexpensively It’s almost tradition for our …

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Review: Save Big

July 4 2011

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. So, let’s be clear right off the bat. When I picked up this book, I had no idea who Elisabeth Leamy was. She is apparently the “consumer correspondent” on Good Morning America, ABC’s morning television program. I’ll be honest: I haven’t seen Good Morning …

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A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Update: With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, there are improved options if you have been denied coverage — in addition to my suggestions below, review the post to see how you …

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A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Silver requested a post on the topic of “Investing in precious metals – worth it?” This is a question that doesn’t really have a straightforward “yes” or “no” answer. It has …

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Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Thoreau on the purpose of actions Having enough time seems to be a concern of most people today. It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau Do you have time for what’s important? Or do you leave it behind for …

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Healthy Cookout: Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers and Potato Salad This past weekend, we had several houseguests over for dinner. For these houseguests, we had a very summer-y American meal: we made some potato salad, fired up the grill, and cooked a few things. The only catch is that my current dietary restrictions keep me from eating meat and dairy products. What can we do to have such a summer meal that I can eat while still pleasing everyone? Our …

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A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Sherri requested a post on the topic of “how to have a food garden for cheap.” I’ll do my best, Sherri! My background in gardening is pretty expansive. Growing up, my …

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One of the most common themes I see in questions I receive from readers is an uncomfortable sense of what financial roles are in a relationship. A person lives with someone/is engaged to someone/is married to someone and is unsure about how to handle their partner’s debt/spending/shared purchases. That sentence covers the core of a lot of the questions in the reader mailbag. There are a few key elements that seem to often come up in my responses to these …

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