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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. […]

Climbing Up the Income Distribution Mountain

I came across this very interesting video about how incomes are distributed in this country. We could have discussions until the end of time about whether the issues raised by this video are noteworthy and what potential solutions might be if the consensus is that there are problems raised by this data (and, ideally, that discussion remains a polite one among people trying to create the best poss […]

Personal Finance Tactics Change Depending on Your Goal

Pretty much everyone I’ve met who has a solid grip on their personal finances has some sort of vision for what the future holds for them. Some of them simply strive for debt freedom and a decent emergency fund, then they want to stock their retirement accounts. Some would like to retire as early as possible. […]