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This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small ideas? Let’s find out. Before you decide on whether or not to buy this book, I want you to answer yes or no to the …

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When you visit a site on a certain topic, you usually know what to expect. When I visit dooce, I expect to read about parenting, for example. Yet the entries that often really pull me in are the ones that bridge the gap between the writer’s specific topic of interest and my specific topic of interest. For example, I quite enjoyed this post about a hidden cost of home ownership; it was still within the general boundaries of the parenting …

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Yesterday, I received an email from a reader named Lauren. Here’s what she had to say: My husband and I have excellent credit scores (his 820, mine 814) but he does something that I am uncomfortable with. We are both very good savers, (age 56 and 55) he has his own business, I work and we have owned our home free and clear for about 12 years ($900,000). He has set a goal of saving $1 million dollars for retirement …

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If you’re reading this at work just before leaving, you might want to think about the many ways you can save money on the way home with almost no effort at all. Here are ten useful ways to save cash during your evening commute. Clean any junk out of your car before you go This seems trivial, but it really works, especially if there’s anything heavy in your car that doesn’t need to be there. I had a friend who …

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I subscribe to the general philosophy that you should invest in what you know. Although I currently don’t own individual stocks, I have begun following the stock market with great interest and have been keeping an eye on what makes money and what doesn’t. What I’ve seen, time and time again, is that companies that I have a strong impression of are doing well, while companies that give me a negative impression are doing poorly. What’s my technique? While I …

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#19: Information Requests

December 7 2006
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This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #19: Anyone who calls or e-mails you asking for your Social Security number or information about your bank or credit-card account is a scam artist. This rule is on the right track, but it doesn’t go nearly far …

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This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small ideas? Let’s find out. Once you’ve built a solid foundation by following the steps outlined in the middle portion of The Total Money Makeover, Dave …

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Quite often, I’ll find myself having more ideas than I know what to do with. I’ll come up with twenty five post ideas in a day and write most of them out in a gigantic frenzy of typing, and then I’ll repeat the next day. Unfortunately, there are also times where no ideas are forthcoming at all. The words are there – you have no problem sending emails or posting on messageboards or leaving comments – but the ideas for …

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My wife and I used to sit around and wonder what we would do if ten million dollars fell on our lap. I used to imagine buying fancy cars and an amazing house and more electronic gadgets than I can even imagine. They were great dreams, the fantasies of a twentysomething yuppie couple wanting to live a fantasy. I used to want to be rich so I could buy myself things, because I thought that some of the empty parts …

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Yahoo! Finance. There’s always plenty of great, free stuff there to read on all sorts of finance topics. I particularly enjoy reading the columnists on the site, because many of them have distinctive and interesting voices. On the other hand, some of them just rehash the same thought week after week. The columnists pretty clearly fall into two separate groups: ones who write well and contribute interesting ideas with each column …

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