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Questions About Life Insurance, Kindle Books, Bicycles, Green Onions 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. Term or whole life insurance 2. Inexpensive and free Kindle books 3. US banking for Canadian residents 4. REI dividend update 5. Landscaping […]

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Thoughts Become Desires
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One of my biggest work distractions is looking at interesting websites, particularly ones that I think will help improve my life (this might sound an awful lot like you at the moment). Quite often, I’ll stumble across an article that will talk about a particular book or a particular app or a particular item that […]

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Three Reasons to Cut or Change Your Commute
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The average American commute is now 26 minutes each way, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means the typical U.S. worker now spends almost an hour each day commuting. Assuming a five-day workweek, two weeks of vacation per year, and 4o years of working full-time, that adds up to roughly a year of your life just […]

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Questions About Bankruptcy, Cremation, Music, Philosophy, 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. Time for bankruptcy protection? 2. Alternative options for cremation costs 3. Tough decisions in retirement 4. Technical writing options 5. What’s next after […]

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The Real Costs of Dog Ownership
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In the summer of 2015, our family collectively decided to get a pet dog. I was by far the least enthusiastic about the idea at the time, as I’ve never been a real enthusiastic pet owner, but after a lot of discussion, we made the choice to get a family dog. We decided to adopt […]

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We Haven’t Paid for TV in Years: Our Real-Life Experience Cutting Cable
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About five years ago, I’d had enough with Comcast. They had wronged me in some way, yet again, and it was the last straw. Around the same time, DirecTV sent us some enticing offer in the mail, so I signed up with them, and enjoyed roughly the same bunch of channels for much less money […]

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The Art of the Email Auto-Reply (and 10 Ways to Have Fun With It)
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Americans tend to behave like they’re being naughty when they take vacation, as if five workdays off in the middle of summer were stolen cookies, and they’re toddlers with their hand in the proverbial jar. But in fact, vacation is far from frivolous. Research shows that taking time off improves mental and physical health, productivity, […]

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10 Simple Investments You Can Make in Yourself for a Huge Return on Your Money and Time
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So often, we think of investments as being purely about dollars in and dollars out. If you put $10,000 into an investment with an average return of 7% a year, how much do you make after 10 years? Is it better to pay taxes on that money now, when you put it in, or when you […]

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12 Strategies for Maintaining Focus While Working at Home
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I’ve been working from home on at least a regular basis for more than a decade, and on a full-time basis for nearly a decade. Over the years, I’ve come to learn quite a lot about what it takes to effectively telecommute for your work. The number one thing? It absolutely requires the ability to […]

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How to Become ‘The Millionaire Next Door’
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One of the most influential books I’ve ever read in terms of shaping my thoughts on personal finance and helping me figure out what to do. This is one of a few books I read at my financial low point, along with Your Money or Your Life and The Total Money Makeover, that really helped […]

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Fancy Vacations? What Kids Really Want Is Your Time
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Ever since my husband and I had children, family vacation has always been a priority in our house. At least once per year, I love taking the kids on a week-long trip somewhere warm, exciting, and new. Of course, travel is costly. I want to be able to take my kids on vacation just like […]

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