Decisions

Another way to track cash expenses

People have very widely varying attitudes toward cash. While some people feel money more when they spend cash, other people don’t feel it at all. In fact, the way some people have explained it to me, if the transaction doesn’t hit their checking account, it feels ?like it never happened”. These people only feel money … Continue reading »

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What to do with the extra tax money in your new paycheck

I really tried to avoid talking about the tax plan, and couldn’t help myself. But that was more of a “feelings” piece, and less practical. This article is coming from the other, more practical side. In the U.S., our new tax plan has now gone into effect. We’re effectively “testing in production”, to borrow a phrase … Continue reading »

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Years from now, you’ll wish you started today

If there’s one thing I hear from so many people, it’s that they wish they started something years ago. Often it’s saving for retirement. “I just think of all those years I could have been saving, and I wasn’t doing it…” And true, the power of compound interest does favor the younger folks. You’ve all … Continue reading »

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Five years in review: Your top 10 favorite posts from 2012-2017

And just like how I detailed my all-time top 10 favorite posts, I decided to do the same with yours. Now, I know this couldn’t really be a good list of everyone’s “favorite” posts. But Google Analytics does a good job of measuring interest (even if it’s not good interest!) via its page views, and … Continue reading »

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Five years in review: My top 10 favorite posts from 2012-2017

I’ve been writing this site for over five years. Wow. Every year I do a round up of both my favorite posts and your favorite posts. But with the five-year mark passed, I decided to take a look back. All the way back. With over 500 posts (somewhere around 400,000 words), it’s almost impossible to narrow … Continue reading »

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Year in review 2017: Your top 10 favorite posts

It’s not all about me. While I wrote about my favorite posts for this year, I’m much more interested in your favorites. So I fired up my Google Analytics, that imperfect measure of interest, and looked up what were the most trafficked posts of 2017. (I did this for 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 too.) … Continue reading »

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Year in review 2017: My top 10 favorite posts

Well here we are, on the cusp of the end of a huge year. Every year seems to be both over in a flash and incredibly long, and this year was no different. But on balance, this year was pretty amazing, filled with love, adventure, and some successes. I hope yours was the same. As … Continue reading »

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The HSA “testing period”: The Sophie’s Choice of health care costs

Last time, I talked about the maximum contribution you can make to a Health Savings Account (HSA) each year. Contribute any more, and you pay a steep penalty. We don’t want to do that, but we do want to contribute the maximum we can. After all, this is pre-tax money, so it goes a lot … Continue reading »

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How much can you contribute to an HSA?

I have a pretty uninspiring health care plan. I guess you don’t appreciate what you have until you no longer have it. My previous job had excellent health care. Both medical and dental were top notch and cost next to nothing. I had a fair copay and almost never needed to pay beyond it. These days, instead … Continue reading »

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Remember who you’re doing it for

We talk so much about getting on track with your finances, making progress, breaking old behaviors and forming new patterns. We know why we’re doing it, usually. For me, I believe we’re doing all this so that we can feel better. There is a sense of peace that comes with financial security. For me, it’s … Continue reading »

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