The Adventures of Single Parenting Personal Finance

November 20, 2007

Running a household as a single parent is no easy task. I don’t know from personal experience but I’m familiar with how challenging the parent role can be when there are two people participating. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to run a household on your own. Single Parent’s MoneyThe most obvious […]

Bah Humbug – Easing My Holiday Despair

November 19, 2007

Ask many people what their favorite time of the year is and you’ll frequently hear “the Holidays”! That used to be my answer as well but for the last 7 years my “wonderful” job has turned me into Ebenezer Scrooge during the holidays. Christmas Crunch TimeOur busiest time of the year at work is always […]

Personal Finance Review – Open Enrollment Edition

November 18, 2007

Can you see into the future?  Sometimes I feel like that’s what I’m trying to do when I setup my benefits during open enrollment every year.  The worst for me is deciding how much money to put into the flexible spending account and dependent care account. We’ve never used more money than we put into […]

Short Term Disability Insurance is for Old Married People

November 17, 2007

True or false? You don’t need short term disability insurance if you’re young and single with no one to support except yourself. Short Term Disability Insurance, Who Needs It?I used to have the same opinion.  Even after I got married I didn’t elect for short term disability since my wife and I both had jobs […]

A Socially Responsible Reply to Avoiding Social Security

November 16, 2007

A reader sent the following response to yesterday’s post on avoiding Social Security payments.  I asked them for permission to share it because the email reminded me that Social Security is a safety net for many people and asks some interesting questions about keeping the Social Security program viable: Reader Response: Why would your wife forfeit her […]

How to Avoid Paying Into Social Security

November 15, 2007

What? Is that possible, to avoid Social Security payments?  Well, like most things in personal finance the answer is that it depends. My wife didn’t pay one cent into Social Security for the last seven years of working, better yet, it was all legal and above board.  As a state employee, she still contributed to a mandatory […]

How to Improve Your Performance Review This Year

November 14, 2007

Below is an email I sent to my team recently giving them the option to have some feedback into their annual performance reviews.  In the past, team leaders have filled out all the information but I think each person is their own best advocate so I wanted to hear what each person had to say.  […]

A Consumers Guide to Holiday Shopping on eBay

November 12, 2007

As an eBay seller I get periodic newsletters from eBay and just recently received a holiday sales planner in the mail.  The newsletter offers eBay sellers a variety of tips on holiday selling success that I thought might be interesting to anyone who is thinking about doing some gift shopping online this year. Since eBay […]

Personal Finance Review – Save While You Can Edition

November 11, 2007

Oh to be young again!  As I visited my Alma Mater this weekend to cheer on the soccer team in an important post-season game I couldn’t help but catch some of the conversations of the students around me in the stands. Their plans and concerns are much the same as mine were ten years ago […]

Who Do You Trust With Your Home, Auto, Family, & Health?

November 10, 2007

How do you know if your mechanic really changed your oil?  Did they work on your alignment, or just say it was fixed?  I’m not a very car savvy person so those thoughts crossed my mind today as I picked up our Honda from the shop.  Luckily, I’ve found a trustworthy mechanic so I feel […]

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