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Offer to Trade Skills with Your Friends (296/365)

I have friends who are either professionally trained or have significant experience in many, many different fields. Carpentry. Electrical wiring. Plumbing. Home building. Computer repair. Home decor. The list goes on and on. There are a lot of things I’m good at, too. I can handle (or at least help with) many home repair tasks. I can cook just about anything. […]

External Motivation Doesn’t Work

Quite often, I’ve written about how my family has been a tremendous motivation for me. […]

When Making a Major Purchase, Tap Your Social Network (295/365)

Whenever Sarah and I think about a purchase of any kind above roughly $100, the first thing we do is turn to our social network. I’ll put out a message on Facebook to my personal friends asking them if they know anything about, say, point-and-shoot digital cameras. The next time I see some friends face-to-face, I’ll ask them about the item as well. What do I usually get in return? […]

Reader Mailbag: Debate Night

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. Washing plastic bags 2. Blowing off steam inexpensively 3. Toothpaste use? 4. Starting over? 5. Why use Twitter? 6. Early Christmas planning 7. Rollover IRA question 8. Advertisements work? 9. Cloudy days and motivation 10. […]

What’s the Reason?

As I mentioned several days ago, my uncle passed away. On Friday, I attended his funeral, where one of my uncle’s old friends spoke very eloquently. After the service, I spoke to that friend of my uncle for a few moments. I thanked him for the words he had spoken and we reflected together for a bit. […]

Host a Block Party (293/365)

When Sarah and I first moved into our home in 2007, several neighbors stopped by to greet us and drop off small housewarming gifts. One of them also brought a flyer inviting us to a block party to take place in a week or so. I attended the party (along with our only child at the time – Sarah had another commitment) and found it to be a great time. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #96

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. Simon Bailey on a miserable life People do this far too often. […]

Host a Sporting Event Party (292/365)

Sporting events provide a wonderful and extremely low cost opportunity for social interaction. […]

401(k) From Scratch

Debbie writes in: I’m a 28 year old single mom. I just got a great job as an administrative assistant, one that I was extremely lucky to get. During orientation we were asked to sign up for the 401(k) plan. I don’t know anything at all about 401(k) plans, but I have enjoyed your site for a long time and I love the way you make money issues seem easy. […]