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Reader Mailbag: Ingress

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. Board game suggestions 2. Starting a babysitting exchange 3. Retirement savings questions 4. Online dating worries 5. Dutch oven versus crock pot 6. Starting out with home brewing 7. New car after accident? 8. […]

Saving for Future Uncertainty

I’m at a pretty content point in my life. We have no debts. Our home is paid for. I have work that I’m happy with and a number of long-term projects I’m passionate about. Sarah has work that she loves as well. We have some money saved up.When we look ahead, we don’t see any radical changes to this. […]

Practicing Faith and Values Through Your Money

I’m a Christian. Virtually every week, our family goes to a church service at a local Lutheran church. I’ve served on the church council there and I’m also involved with their investment committee.For me, faith is a struggle. It’s never been an immediate and easy answer for me. I find myself struggling quite a lot with what the readings and the sermon and the songs actually mean. […]

When Waiting Reduces the Value of a Purchase

Darren writes in:I’ve been thinking a lot about how you wait for pretty big sales before you’ll buy a computer game. You mention the Steam sales and free-to-play games like League of Legends a lot, too.A lot of my friends play computer games together. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #109

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.This past week, I finally hit my limit on winter and I’m ready for spring and summer to return. In order to make myself feel better about it, I filled up my screensaver with pictures of summer.1. […]

Fixing “Enough”

A few days ago, I watched a documentary on the football player Vince Young. I live in the territory of the Big XII football conference, so I still remember several years ago when Vince Young played football for the University of Texas and absolutely terrorized our conference. […]

Frugality Versus New Interests

A reader recently wrote to me about her struggles with when to be frugal and when not to be:I’m a long-term reader and appreciate your work. Just came across this blog entry and thought to pass it along if you haven’t already seen it (http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2013/01/10-rule-spending-tip/). […]

Untangling Emotions from Purchases

It’s almost impossible right now to avoid hearing about the issue of gun control. It’s all over the news. It seems to be the topic of discussion on every messageboard I read.I don’t really have any stances worth sharing on the issue, and I have no interest in discussing the politics or personal rights of the controversy. […]

Reader Mailbag: Child Names

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. Dictation software 2. Private school worth it? 3. Switching houses to avoid mortgage 4. Home exercise routine? 5. Weather compromise in Iowa? 6. Angry about money 7. Currency exchange thoughts 8. Family screen saver 9. […]

Wearing It Out, Paying It Forward

I’m actually pretty proud of myself when I use an item until it’s genuinely worn out.I’ll hold onto socks until the toes have gaping holes in them. I will wear t-shirts until they’re beaten into oblivion. I’ll use razor blades until I’m scared I’m going to badly cut my neck or cheeks with them (and with a razor blade sharpener, that takes a good long time). […]