The Egg Nog Dilemma

November 29 2010

This past week, we spent quite a bit of time visiting Sarah’s parents. Her mother kindly bought several items that I would be able to eat or drink throughout the week in advance of our visit (yes, I actually like my mother in law!). One of the things she picked up for me was a quart of soy egg nog. On my first day there, I tried it… and I liked it! It was quite tasty and it was something …

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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. Car trade-in math 2. Putting others at ease 3. Safe savings 4. Refinancing timing question 5. Board games for young ones 6. Retirement account diversity 7. Personal finance intervention 8. Mortgage readjustment 9. Mortgage prepayment versus savings 10. Blog focus On Black Friday, I attempted exactly one sale – an online …

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Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I reviewed Jeff Yeager’s excellent book on frugality The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. Quite simply, it was one of the best books on frugality I’ve ever read, with a healthy dose of humor and a lot of useful tips. His follow-up, The Cheapskate Next Door, appeared on bookshelves earlier this year and I was quite happy when I …

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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 21 – November 27, 2009) How to Start a Meal Exchange Exchanging meals with friends and family is …

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This is the sixteenth 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. “What would long term success look, sound, and feel like?” Again, Allen opens the chapter with a provocative question. What, to you, would success really be like? What would your life be like? What would you have achieved? In …

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For this week’s roundup, I dug deep into my own site archives as well as the archives of other sites for some great articles about the upcoming holiday – saving money on it, utilizing resources effectively, and making the day as valuable to all involved as possible. Enjoy, and have fun tomorrow. 5 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner Besides Going Potluck A nice little collection of clever ideas here by the always-entertaining Thursday Bram. (@ money ning) 10 …

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Sometime during this week, I’m planning on sitting down with my siblings and my parents and hashing out the specific details of their estate – who will be the executor, how it will be split up, and so on. My parents don’t have a large estate, but they do have a number of personal items that different individuals are going to want. Some of these items have significant value. I am almost sure that there are going to be some …

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This is the fifteenth 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. “What do I want to achieve?” Allen opens the chapter with this question and it really underlines everything that this chapter is about. Goals. Commitments. Things you’ll need to get done or plan to get done over the next …

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Like a lot of people this week, our family is traveling by car to a number of Thanksgiving dinners. As I taught the children to sing recently, “On the interstate and across the bridge, to Grandma’s house we go!” Of course, when you’re traveling during the holiday season, you’re opening the door to some potential challenges. Winter weather, overcrowded roads, long road trips, expensive stops – it all adds up to some serious time, some serious cash, and some risk …

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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. Repetitive car repairs 2. Keeping oldest credit card 3. Rethinking decision to buy home 4. Thanksgiving place settings 5. Eliminating debts before grad school 6. Dividing up Thanksgiving leftovers 7. Which refinancing option? 8. Thanksgiving prayer 9. Making money with surveys? 10. Game for family this week Each year, I see …

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