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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. Dealing with no credit 2. Handling changing mindsets 3. Spousal disagreements over budgeting 4. Car loan payoff 5. High pay, hate my job 6. House financing question 7. Running for school board 8. Career choices 9. Starting a side business 10. The future of the penny The dog days of summer …

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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, Alyssa asks “Is it worth investing in a washer & dryer or is it more economical to use a laundromat?” Few people would argue that, over the long run, a washer …

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I had two books set aside for airplane reading for a recent trip. It seemed like a good idea. Flying in an airplane is boring, right? Try flying with three young children. Very little reading happened. How to Buy a Mattress A family member of mine once said that the only two things you shouldn’t skimp on are your mattress and your shoes. You rely on these things so much for comfort. (@ get rich slowly) The Most Critical Hour …

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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, Meena asks about “Cost comparison between canned beans and cooking from dry – is it really worth the extra time?” We use a lot of beans in our cooking. Generally, our …

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Choosing a 529 Plan

July 19 2011

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, Edita asks a simple question: “Among diffrent 529 plans.. which one to choose?” First of all, let’s talk about what a 529 plan is. A 529 plan is “a tax-advantaged investment …

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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. Stock broker help 2. Handling large private party transactions 3. Building a cottage 4. Is deferrment a good idea? 5. Unrealistic investing advice 6. Staying motivated while self-employed 7. Will housing market ever improve? 8. Putting away 10% for retirement 9. Co-owning cars 10. Recommended reading Camping is a big part …

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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. On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar is subtitled A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance, meaning that it joins a group of personal finance books targeting young(ish) women (such as Smart Women Finish Rich, You’re So Money, and Emotional …

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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, Edita asks an entertaining question: “which parenting books you found most valuable?” I’ve read a lot of parenting books over the last several years. I’m quite deeply committed to being the …

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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, Patsy asked about “Spouses with disabilities… how can you help your spouse by earning extra income? Also, when you have funds for bills only, should you invest in starting a home …

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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. Black Button This is a really interesting short film about a choice. Would you push the button? I wouldn’t. 2. Winston Churchill on remaining true Winston Churchill delivered this as part of a commencement speech at his old school (Harrow) in 1941, just as the tide was gently beginning to turn in the second …

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