One thing I love to do is to browse through random personal finance blogs. I’ll jump on links from one blog to another, just to see what a new voice will have to say. Doing this helps me get a pretty good idea of the various perspectives and ideas that are out there. It also helps me notice a few “groupings” of ideas out there as well. For example, I notice that, often, personal finance bloggers are either wholeheartedly about …

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Kelly wrote in with a very interesting story. Even though she gave me permission to publish the full thing, I edited it quite a bit for some privacy reasons that will be obvious when you read the story. While I was married, I was really depressed. I had more money, but I spent most of the time hating myself. I thought that I was worthless because [my husband] told me I was all the time. I wasn’t “allowed” to have …

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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. Climbing the car ladder 2. Apolitical 3. Upside down car loan 4. Military debt 5. Basic will question 6. Mortgage or not? 7. Health care costs 8. Buying silver 9. I’m almost 30, what’s next? 10. Career and life crossroads My children have had their last four soccer games cancelled on …

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Accelerated Learning

April 28 2011

When I was in college, I took a semester course in organic chemistry. It was only a three credit course and I needed to take a lot of courses to move toward the two separate college degrees I was working toward, so I loaded my schedule down with twenty credits that semester (where twelve is considered a full time load). It turned out that organic chemistry was the hardest class I’d ever taken. It hit me like a freight train. …

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Early this week, my daughter caught a case of the flu. She was feverish and spent most of Monday dozing on the couch. Her only requests for most of the day was that I sit near her, keep her water bottle filled, and that we watch Tangled. I watched it with her three times that day. Every time I watch a new computer animated movie, I can’t help but notice how much smoother it gets and how much more lifelike …

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I spent half a decade of my life living as lean as I could, hoping that I would eventually reach a point where I felt secure in my finances again. Five years. Sixty months. 1,826 days. So much time has passed since April 2006, since that day when I realized how truly precarious the financial situation in my life really was. Since then, I’ve been running from that moment, making every good choice I possibly could make. It’s only been …

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I’m an introvert. Let there be no doubt about it. I often feel innerly awkward around people I don’t know, and I tend to clam up and not speak. At times, I even do this around people I do know. Yet, I also know how incredibly valuable human relationships can be. Close friends and close family relationships add a ton of value to life. They’re constantly there for you at every stage in your life, providing the help you need …

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This past weekend, my family travelled to visit several members of our extended families. The are we travelled to was decidedly rural. Statistically, it’s a below-average income county in a below-average income state. I know a lot of people near where we live who couldn’t imagine living in such an area. They complain about the educational level of the people there. They complain about the lack of services available. They complain about the lack of entertainment and “culture.” Yet, every …

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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. Same ideas, different life 2. Credit card switch worries 3. Extreme Couponing 4. Take-home pay concerns 5. Hunting for mushrooms? 6. A big mess 7. Blogging jobs 8. Confusing frugality with cheapness 9. Gas cards 10. Staying on topic One of the best parts of Easter is the Easter egg hunt. …

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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. About a year ago, I reviewed Daniel Solin’s The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read and concluded that it was a strong book to read if you’re a high income earner and concerned about retirement. It was good enough, though, that I decided to …

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