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Shop Around for Homeowners and Automobile Insurance (253/365)

Obviously, you should shop around for any type of insurance, but these are the most common types of insurance that people have, usually because they’re required by local law. Why shop around? For better rates, of course. Shopping around for homeowners and automobile insurance can easily save you as much as 50% on your annual premiums. […]

Reader Mailbag: Fall Camping

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. Dr. Bronner’s castille soap 2. Food magazine storage 3. Card for annual cruise 4. Handling parents with newborn 5. Early retirement and Social Security 6. Gifts without guilt 7. Not paying attention to advertising 8. […]

Drop Collision and Comprehensive Coverage on Very Old Vehicles (252/365)

When I was in high school, I had a 1985 Buick Skyhawk. It was more than a decade old, and it showed every rough mile that had been put on it. It was approaching 200,000 miles, the body was rusty, and the transmission sounded like metal grinding on metal. […]

Whatever Works

My youngest son is struggling with the concept of potty training. He’s not afraid of the toilet, per se; he just has no interest whatsoever in it. To him, the toilet is just another chair to sit on. We’ve tried a multitude of techniques to encourage him to start using the toilet. For a while, we started a system that involved anyone going to the bathroom getting a chocolate chip as a reward. […]

Consider Long-Term Disability and Long-Term Care Insurance (251/365)

Long-term disability insurance and long-term care insurance are difficult issues to talk about. For starters, there are many situations where these types of insurance are never needed at all. If someone passes away very suddenly, the money spent on these insurances goes for naught. In some situations, the premiums might simply be beyond what they can actually afford. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #90

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. Chief Red Eagle on anger and love I think this quote summarizes wonderfully the difference between love and anger. “Angry people want you to see how powerful they are. […]

Buy a Longer-Term Policy (250/365)

When I sat down to buy a term life insurance policy, I did my homework. I looked at the offerings of a lot of different insurance companies. I checked into how reliable all of those companies were. I looked at policies of various lengths. […]

The Primacy and Recency Effect and Your Next Purchase

Let’s just start off by answering the obvious question: what are the primacy effect and the recency effect? The primacy effect means that people tend to remember the first information presented about something better than information presented later. For example, let’s say that your first awareness of a product was during a segment on a morning show, where they lauded how well the product worked. […]

Buy Term Life Insurance (249/365)

When Sarah and I had our first child, we began to think seriously about what would happen if one of us were to die early for some reason. There are a lot of reasons it can happen: a car accident, a sudden severe ailment, a freak incident. As much as we would like to pretend that we are invincible, the truth is we’re not. Hand in hand with that, we need a few other things. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Bedtime Routine

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. Small versus big changes 2. Cutting back on energy drinks 3. Best games with playing cards 4. Fans or air conditioners? 5. Scientists as heroes 6. Mom versus loans 7. Trivia 8. Funeral expenses 9. Homemade candles 10. […]