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Questions About Taxes, Pepper Mills, Career Choices, Buying Cars with Cash, and More!
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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Career, marriage, and life crossroads 2. Taxes for disabled veterans 3. Paying off a lease early? 4. Queen of Versailles 5. Buying a […]

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Use the Tools You Have Now Instead of Dreaming of the Tools You’ll Have Later
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I had a great conversation recently with a gentleman in his early fifties who, upon being introduced to me and learning that I had been a full-time personal finance writer for several years, had been looking for a chance to have a conversation with me privately. Let’s call him Gene. It turns out that Gene […]

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Questions About Local Banks, Weight Loss, New City Challenges, and More!
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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. IRA contribution and rollover questions 2. Saving for next home 3. Using banking to “buy local” 4. Figuring out where to live 5. […]

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Don’t Worry about the Destination. Focus on the Journey.
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In 2017, I’ve chosen to take on a number of personal challenges. I’m trying to lose weight, with a goal of achieving the same weight I had the day I graduated from high school. I’m trying to slowly read and study a set of very challenging books. I’m taking a series of online classes, too. […]

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A Financially Sensible Plan for Handling Career Burnout
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I faced what I consider to be “career burnout” at three points in my life. In 2004, I was getting burned out on uncertainty. My job for the few years prior to that was based on a series of short-term contracts and I was just getting fed up with not having any sort of stability. […]

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Frugality, Freedom, and Peace
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A few days ago, my oldest son flushed the toilet on the main floor. When he did that, two things happened. First, the chain attaching the lever to the flapper became disconnected and the chain fell straight down under the flapper, so when the tank emptied, the flapper didn’t fall back in place. In other […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 22): Using ‘the Gap’ and Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we finished up our series of discussions on strategies for increasing your income with a look at starting a side business and dabbling in entrepreneurship. Today, […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 21): Starting a Side Business
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we examined strategies you might want to use if you’re looking to move on to a better job. Today, we’re going to to take a different […]

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