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Help a Reader: Warranty Questions

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I remember your trials and tribulations with your elliptical.  While I didn't get my treadmill from Sears, I thought I'd ask you a question about my current situation based on your experience, and see what you think and if readers might help. In early 2008, I purchased a treadmill through a reputable online retailer.  The treadmill was pretty […]

Should Students Pay Their Own College Costs?

Here's a question that's bound to get people riled up (it always seems to when we've discussed it before): Should student pay their own college costs or should their parents (or somewhere in the middle)? MSN Money asks this question without taking one side or the other. Here's a summary of our plans: Help our kids get into a good (not necessarily "great" -- I don't think it's worth paying […]

Signs of a Bad Economy

I don't know about you, but we're seeing more and more signs of a tough economy at work. A few examples of what's recently happened: A friend who owned a local business had to declare bankruptcy and has now been looking for a "regular job" for several months. We ran into a neighbor at a church event (their church, not ours) and found out he had been unemployed for several months. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 41-44

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

Problems with Traditional Financial Planning

The following is an excerpt from The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose by Robert Pagliarini. Copyright © 2010 Other 8 Hours, LLC All Rights Reserved. The book tells people to live life to the fullest by radically changing the way they spend “The Other 8 Hours” – the 8 hours not spent sleeping or working. […]

Options for Term Life Insurance Death Benefits Payouts

The following is a guest post by Denise Mancini of Accuquote. There are pages written about how to buy term life insurance, but very few devoted to death benefit claims and payouts. Sadly, this topic is so neglected, that awareness levels on this matter are very low. […]

Anyone Buy Physical Assets?

I was at breakfast the other day when my friend (a financial advisor) said that he was buying lots of silver. He had it in both bars and coins and was getting it from a contact he had in Texas. No, he wasn't trying to sell it to me, it just came up in casual conversation. He said he was buying it as a hedge against inflation as well as in case of an economic meltdown. […]

How to Get a Raise in the Worst of Times

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I greatly enjoy your blog which inspired me to manage my career actively. I’m an engineer with Master's degree and MBA. I’m a very hardworking professional, always do more than my usual responsibilities and do my work with utmost clarity. […]

The One Thing You Can Do to Make Your Resume Stand Out

The Wall Street Journal tells us how the hiring process really works. But the part I really noticed were their comments on the one thing you can do to get your resume out of the slush pile. The summary: What's more, recruiters will only review applications that show a person meets a job's basic qualifications, based on screening questions, she says. […]