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This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. When I worked at an office about thirty minutes from my home, my usual daily commute took me by an electronics store, a game shop, two bookstores, a coffee shop, and a few other interesting places. Unsurprisingly, I …

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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. Refinancing questions 2. Selling stuff 3. Market price for old collectibles 4. Paying off low interest cards 5. 53, single, and moving forward 6. On Wisconsin 7. Wedding registry questions 8. Parenting blogs 9. Trimming possessions 10. Short games Over the last several days, winter has receded here in Iowa enough …

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This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. Even after making the physical credit cards difficult to access, I was still left with another problem: Amazon One-Click ordering. Although it was now really difficult for me to visit the bookstore and spend with reckless abandon, I …

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I just wanted to give a big thank you to all of the readers who wrote to me over the last week offering to contribute articles to any potential tabletop gaming site that I might launch in the future. I really appreciate all of your offers and I have filed them away in case that I decide to go ahead and launch the site with a multi-author model, which is one of several things I’m contemplating at this point. The …

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This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. Once I had the credit cards out of my wallet, I found that I was forced to think about my purchases more carefully when I was out and about. However, the problem was not solved when I was …

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This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. Those of you who watched the television series Seinfeld are probably familiar with the term “Constanza wallet.” It refers to a wallet that’s ridiculously overstuffed with cards and other paraphernalia; eventually, it explodes at a very inopportune time, …

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First, an explanation of this brief series. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with an occasional Simple Dollar reader about the challenges he was having with his financial recovery. At one point, he told me – and I’m paraphrasing here a bit – that the biggest challenge he had with personal finance is that he felt like getting himself into the right mindset was an incredibly lengthy challenge, one that required a lot of soul-searching and life …

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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. Older parents with money problems 2. Mother-in-law crisis 3. Reverse mortgage question 4. Is a graduate degree worthwhile? 5. Getting started with debt recovery 6. Late life choices 7. Purchasing an upright freezer 8. Itemizing sales tax deductions 9. Dream fund and retirement fund 10. Joint bank account with mother Several …

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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. Whenever I stumble across a free opportunity to download a good electronic book, I usually do so. I archive it with the intent of looking at it at a later date, and sometimes I do just that, digging through that folder to see if …

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Brent sent me a great email earlier this week: Have you ever noticed how a lot of the articles you write could easily appear on a religious website trying to convert nonbelievers? Just switch a few things around and you’d be there. Instead of telling people to read Your Money or Your Life, you’d tell them to read Mere Christianity or something. Instead of telling them to save money, you’d tell them to save their own souls. Instead of life …

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