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Five Red Flags for Bad Financial Advice

Every once in a while, I’ll find myself in an airport or somewhere else where a personal finance or investment program is on television. […]

The Connection Between Your Receipt and Your Life

Spend a minute and think about the last several non-essential purchases you made. Maybe you bought a magazine at the grocery store. Maybe you stopped at Starbucks for a cup of coffee. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Neverending To-Do List

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. 401(k) question 2. Channeling political dreams 3. Elder relative scammed 4. Rampant gambling 5. Remembering things 6. Using Roth for home purchase 7. Data backup 8. Career reboot 9. Food buying conflicts 10. […]

Raising the Celebration Bar

When Sarah and I were seriously dating and, eventually, engaged to be married, we set something of a precedent of celebrating certain events in our lives. […]

Five Vital Tactics for Making Self-Employment Work

I’ve been self-employed for almost five years now. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot of things about self-employment. […]

Children, Bribes, and Reverse Bribery

Have you ever had a two year old repeatedly attempt to climb out of a bathtub while you were trying to give that child a bath? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #111

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. […]

Starting Out with an Insurmountable Debt Load

This morning, we talked about the burden of caring for parents and the “sandwich generation.” This afternoon, let’s look at the burdens of younger people.Yesterday evening, I heard a fascinating story on Marketplace about how millennials are likely to be in debt their entire lives, and take some debts to their grave.There are a pile of reasons for this, and poor decision making is just one of the […]

The Sandwich Generation and You

Recently, I read a fascinating study by the Pew Research Center indicating that somewhere around one in seven adults have simultaneously provided financial assistance to a parent aged 65 and older and to one of their own children of any age in the past year. […]

The Story Others Tell About You

Recently, I read a fascinating interview of the film director Steven Soderberg on why he’s giving up on directing as a career path (thanks to kottke for the link). One particular piece stood out at me, though (my emphasis in bold):On the few occasions where I’ve talked to film students, one of the things I stress, in addition to learning your craft, is how you behave as a person. […]