Reader Mailbag: Charity

December 6 2010

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. Studying versus working 2. Student credit card question 3. Dealing with extra income 4. Preparing for job review 5. Pension or Roth? 6. Living frugal versus organics 7. Which debt first? 8. Retirement advice for dad 9. Charged-off debts 10. Dealing with rewards points A few weeks ago, I was thinking …

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Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ll admit it – I’ve only seen the show Your $$$$$ on CNN once. I don’t watch much cable news – or broadcast television at all – so I don’t have much opportunity to follow programs like that one. Instead, I came across this book at the library, not knowing the author, Christine Romans, from anything. I checked it out for one reason: it manages …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 5. Clean up your debts. No, I don’t mean just repay them. For most people in debt, saying “pay off your debts” is pretty trite. It’s an action that they can’t afford or else they wouldn’t have debts to begin with. Instead, …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 4. Plan how to erase that mistake. Yesterday, we discussed how to dig into your life and figure out the single solvable mistake or problem that causes the most negativity and challenge in your life. Today, we’re going to talk about how …

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Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (November 28 – December 4, 2009) Some Thoughts on the Prosperity Gospel I have mixed feelings about the “prosperity …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 3. Figure out your biggest mistake. What one element of your life is the one element you would give anything to fix? I’m not talking about the things you can’t fix, like incurable diseases or the like. I’m talking about things that, …

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This is the eighteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. In an earlier section of the book, Allen tells the tale of a guy named Ron and his experiences dealing with an inherited business called Gracie’s Gardens. In that earlier chapter, Allen walks through how Ron applies the basic …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 2. Create a five year sketch. What, exactly, is a five year sketch? It simply means a detailed picture of what you would like your life to be like in five years. It can be literally drawn. It can be written in …

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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. Pension benefit options 2. Unapplied mortgage funds 3. Moving and investing simultaneously 4. Underwater home and credit cards 5. Setting priorities 6. Toilet paper value 7. First time credit worries 8. Car cost versus salary increase 9. Helping family with finances 10. Insurance priorities My Christmas shopping is almost finished for …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. A long December and there’s reason to believe Maybe this year will be better than the last – Counting Crows, A Long December I’ve always seen the five weeks between Thanksgiving and the new year as a time for reflection and for …

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