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Five Reasons I Love Living in Flyover Country
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In February of 2015, my husband left his demanding job in a mortuary to work with me on our home-based business. All of a sudden, we went from having almost no freedom to having all the freedom in the world. This also meant that, for the first time in our lives, we could live anywhere […]

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Best Travel Credit Card for 2017
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Airline cards, hotel cards, travel rewards cards… frequent travelers have many options when choosing a new card. While some travel cards offer redemption options like gift cards, merchandise, etc., you’ll usually get the most favorable redemption rate when redeeming points for travel. Some travel cards also offer a higher rewards rate on travel-related purchases. The […]

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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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Wealth Is Not a Route to Happiness. What Is?
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I recently read a great article by Peter Singer on the general topic of effective altruism entitled The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle, which was originally published in New Internationalist. In the article, Singer’s primary focus is on personal happiness and whether helping others is aligned with it. The article contained a key quote […]

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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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Questions About Retirement, Cookbooks, REI, 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. Upside-down on older vehicle 2. Buy house now or later? 3. REI annual dividend question 4. Common knowledge versus perspective 5. Parents without […]

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Lobster-crazy China sets record for US crustacean imports – San Francisco Chronicle
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San Francisco Chronicle Lobster-crazy China sets record for US crustacean importsSan Francisco ChronicleFILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, live lobsters are packed and weighed for overseas shipment at the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine. The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a […]

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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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The Imitation Game
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“You are the average of your five closest friends.” – Jim Rohn I often use that quote on this site because it really hits home with a lot of truth. Look at the five people who you value the most in this world and most want to spend time with. Take an average of the […]

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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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