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Why I Finally Broke Down and Bought Travel Insurance
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When you travel as often as I do, you get used to unexpected expenses throwing your budget out of whack. You can plan ahead all you want, but when your kid needs an $8 pack of children’s Tylenol from the airport gift shop, you buy it. Either that, or you’ll cram your carry-on luggage so full […]

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Questions About Inheritance, Old Money Books, Fidgeting, Pickles, 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. Inheritance question 2. Converting attic into extra bedroom 3. Tempted by individual stock investment 4. Staying motivated at work 5. Fidget “spinners” or […]

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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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Balancing Financial Success and Life’s Big Moments
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A little over a week ago, I responded to a mailbag question from Mary, who was struggling with the decision about whether to go on an expensive trip (that she could afford) with her ailing sister. She was worried about the long-term financial impact of this big expense and was weighing it against doing something […]

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Here’s How Much the Average American Pays in Interest Each Year
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From the moment we’re born, we’re taught that borrowing money is normal and, dare I say it, expected. From mortgages to car loans to $700 smartphones we pay for over 24 months, we’re taught to spread the pain of our purchases over the course of many months or years. Obviously, this mindset isn’t always bad. With housing […]

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The Dirty Dozen: My 12 Biggest Financial Mistakes of the Last 10 Years and How I Wish I Had Done Things Differently
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When I write about my own personal finance experiences, it’s easy to report on the things I did well. Writing about the good moves makes a lot of sense, after all. Those are the moves that resulted in a clear-cut personal finance gain without a lot of sacrifice, and those are the moves that really […]

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Walmart buys online clothing seller ModCloth – USA TODAY
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USA TODAY Walmart buys online clothing seller ModClothUSA TODAYNEW YORK — Walmart has bought trendy clothing seller ModCloth, part of a big push to pick up smaller online brands as it tries to make headway against Amazon. The company declined to specify the price on the deal that closed Friday, saying only that …Wal-Mart Acquires […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (31/31) – Bringing It All Together
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appeared every Thursday on The Simple Dollar for the better part of a year. This is the final entry in the series. Before we get started with this final edition of the “31 Days to Financial Independence,” let’s make a giant list of all of […]

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12 Ways to Use Spring Break to Tidy Up Your Financial Life
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In the coming month, many Americans of all ages – not just children – are going to be enjoying spring break. Students, teachers, school employees, college employees, and many others will enjoy a partial or full week away from the regular demands of their life to recharge and pursue other projects. In my own family, […]

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Here’s What Our $150-a-Week Grocery Budget and Meal Plan Looks Like in Real Life
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When my husband and I got serious about our finances years ago, our food spending was out of control. We were just two people and a baby at the time, yet we were inhaling $1,000 in food each month – and sometimes more. One fix for our food spending woes was simple: We were dining out […]

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The Observer Effect and Your Money
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Recently, I’ve been trying to carefully track my working time in order to get some sense as to how I spend my time, what times of the day I focus best, and so on. The goal is to make my work as efficient as possible. What I’ve found, though, is that the simple act of […]

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