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Picking the Right Spot for a Home

When Sarah and I first moved into the home that we currently live in, it made sense in a number of ways for us. Our jobs were in two different towns about forty minutes apart, so it seemed to make sense to live in a place that was halfway between the two so that neither one of us had a long commute. […]

Managing Your Daily Energy and Focus for Maximum Return

Not too long ago, I had an office job that was, at times, highly stressful and very demanding of my focus and energy. […]

The War on Unitaskers

One of my favorite television series is Good Eats, a food science program hosted by Alton Brown that still sometimes runs on repeats on Food Network and Cooking Channel. The series could probably best be described as being like Mr. […]

Reader Mailbag: Getting in the Zone

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. Debts versus inheritance 2. Narrowing down your side businesses 3. Mid-term investment 4. Does neat office help productivity? 5. Where do I start? 6. Paring down unused things 7. Homebuying concerns 8. Spousal anger 9. […]

The Strength of Your Safety Net

I tend to view life as being something like a high wire act at the circus. We balance ourselves on that high wire and attempt to walk through life. We’re carrying a lot of weight to make the balancing act even trickier – children, marriage, and other responsibilities. Eventually, something happens and we fall. […]

Car Insurance: Value Beyond Merely “Insuring” You

There’s already a ton of great information from Jeff in The Simple Dollar’s guide about shopping around for auto insurance – how to choose it and how to optimize it. Rather than just rehashing my own experiences with auto insurance, I wanted to look at it from a different angle. […]

Teaching Money Values at a Restaurant

A few nights ago, our family went out to dinner at a local restaurant. On the occasions when our family does eat out, our children are usually pretty excited for the event, as it’s a change of pace from eating at home every evening. They’re usually really observant and spend much of the meal asking questions of all kinds and chattering like crazy. What made this meal different? […]

Bouncing Back from Failure

Sometimes, bad things happen. A promotion is given to someone else. A pink slip is found in our locker. A business doesn’t work out and needs to close. A hoped-for inheritance turns out to be a mirage. A relationship ends before you want it to. Everyone experiences failure in life. […]

Reader Mailbag: Writing in Silence

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. Investing for a down payment 2. Finding the right investment option 3. Saving too much for retirement? 4. Bank or credit union? 5. ACN 6. Helping nephew for college 7. Emergency fund for single mom 8. Scheduling fun? 9. […]