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Dinner With My Family #10: Curry Pumpkin Soup and Sandwiches

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I’ll be the first to admit that when I heard of the idea of curry pumpkin soup, I thought it sounded dreadful. Pumpkin soup? […]

Some Thoughts on Balancing “Fun” Spending and Planning for the Future

One of my biggest splurges each year comes in August, when I travel to Indianapolis with a few friends and attend GenCon, a gaming convention. During a given year, my wife usually goes on some sort of trip by herself as well, often to visit family in the Pacific Northwest. I usually pick up a new game and a new book about once a month, on average. […]

Making Homemade Yogurt

Yep, you read that right. Homemade yogurt, in our crock pot. Of course, before we get started, it’s worth noting that I’m sharing something we do routinely in our own home, and if you choose to do this in your own home, I assume no liability over the results. […]

Reader Mailbag: Absence

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. Banking troubles 2. Getting rid of a timeshare 3. Scholarships and taxes 4. Housing money for the future 5. Loan arrangement question 6. Where should we keep savings? 7. Wanting to be a parent 8. […]

Thoughts on Choosing Guardians for Your Children

Yesterday morning, I posted an article discussing our decision-making process with regards to deciding whether or not to become named guardians for several children. Is it something we could handle? After posting that article, several parents emailed me to state that they had been struggling with the guardianship question in their own lives. […]

Building Passive Income Streams

As time goes on, the value of having multiple income streams becomes more and more apparent to me. The more income streams you have, the less trouble your life will have if one of those income streams goes defunct or experiences a downturn. Thus, I’ve been thinking a great deal about developing more income streams for myself. So, let’s back up. […]

Should We Become Named Guardians for Several Children?

A few days ago, Sarah and I went out to dinner with another couple that we’ve been friends with for a long time – we’ve actually known the female in the couple for almost two decades. […]

Why Should a Man Get Married?

I get asked this question all the time, and I think it’s one that’s got enough cultural pressure behind it that it’s worth discussing. From a purely financial standpoint, why should a man get married? Let’s look at the reasons behind this question first. The argument against marriage for men is pretty straightforward. […]

Reader Mailbag: NCAA Tournament Predictions

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. Handling a windfall 2. Underwater on mortgage 3. The best next step 4. More for the mortgage? 5. Saving up for payments 6. Package price increase 7. Maximize investments or pay mortgage? 8. Exercising at home 9. […]