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Does “Leaning In” Make Sense?

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’ve probably been unable to avoid mention of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, a book by the Facebook COO that encourages professional women to “lean in” in some areas of their life and “lean out” of others, abandoning the idea of “having it all” (here’s an example of CNN’s coverage) and instead achieving balance by matching up your “lean in” areas and your “lea […]

Some Thoughts on Interest-Free Debt

Karen writes in: “I have an offer from a credit card company in which they pledge 0% interest for 15 months on a balance transfer. The way they seem to do that balance transfer is that I give them an amount and they send me a check which I then use to pay off a credit card. […]

Reader Mailbag: Personal Project 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. Razorpit 2. Sore throat solutions 3. Credit card reward worries 4. Leaving a loyal employer 5. Investing big inheritance 6. Re-reading old books 7. Self-publishing an e-book 8. Energy bill reduction 9. […]

Before You Get a Pet, Be Aware That They Can Be Money Sinks

Sarah and I are very close friends with a couple who are dog lovers. They have two Saint Bernards in their home. I quite like their dogs. One of them has awful breath, so I somewhat avoid him, but the other one is a charmer. I’ll pet them and play with them a bit every time I go visit them. […]

Relying Too Much on an Emergency Fund

Sometimes, when you have a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail. Take an emergency fund. What do you do in a financial emergency if you don’t have one? Let’s say your car breaks down and you’re facing a $1,000 repair bill. Ouch. You’re probably going to ask the repair place if they have some kind of installment plan to pay for the repair. […]

Why I Never Use Stock Market Predictions to Invest My Money

Let’s say, hypothetically, that I figured out some ingenious way to predict the stock market so well that I would always significantly beat the annual returns of the S&P 500. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #116

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. […]

Picking the Right Spot for a Home

When Sarah and I first moved into the home that we currently live in, it made sense in a number of ways for us. Our jobs were in two different towns about forty minutes apart, so it seemed to make sense to live in a place that was halfway between the two so that neither one of us had a long commute. […]

Managing Your Daily Energy and Focus for Maximum Return

Not too long ago, I had an office job that was, at times, highly stressful and very demanding of my focus and energy. […]

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. […]