Michael on September 28th, 2009
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Following up to my article last Friday titled Health care reform and rude behavior, I thought it would be best to provide a forum for some quick and easy feedback.  We’re going to that over at About.com.
You: Why there?
I am the guide to Retirement Planning at About.com.
You: When do you sleep?
I am sleeping right now.
You: [...]

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Michael on September 25th, 2009
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You: Wait a second. This is a personal finance blog. Why are you weighing in on health care reform?
First, I’m not actually weigh in on what plan should be followed.  Rather, I am reporting some observations about our behavior. Second, health care reform is very much a financial planning topic.
You: How so?
In several ways. Here [...]

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Michael on September 23rd, 2009
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I enjoyed CreditCards.com’s fantastic effort with this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance.    My article discussing a previous fantastic yet inexpensive weekend was included, striking the fancy of The Consumerist, which featured it in their article titled Where To Find Great Personal Finance Writing Online, a nice gesture from the same company that brings you Consumer [...]

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Michael on September 21st, 2009
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Answer the following three questions in the comment box below. Answer each one separately  (i.e., try not to think about questions two and three as you answer the first one.)
1.  Name the three most enjoyable things you did last weekend.
2.  Name the three most expensive things you did last weekend.
3.  What do you think about [...]

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Michael on September 18th, 2009
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It’s Friday, so it’s time for this week’s reader-submitted Q & A. (Two covered this week – I am so motivated!)  If you’d like to submit a question, click here for more information or simply email a question.
I purchased a mobile home over 17 years ago for cash and have been paying rent for [...]

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Michael on September 16th, 2009
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I enjoyed this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted by Mary at SimplyForties.  Of course, I was happy to see my post Take Advantage of The Rules to Save a Few Bucks – an article highlighting one of the few remaining truly free services left in travel -included.
My favorite article from the carnival is Gone [...]

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Michael on September 14th, 2009
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With my wife and youngest daughter away for the weekend, it was superior Daddy-daughter time with my four year-old.
Since Thursday night, here’s what we did:

Out to dinner twice.
Out to lunch once.
Dessert in the North End of Boston.
A delicious cold drink on a hot afternoon in the city.
Three+ hours at two different inside gyms (on bad [...]

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Michael on September 11th, 2009
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I had one heck of a long weekend over the Labor Day holiday.
You: What did you do?
Being that the weekend represents the unofficial end of summer –
You: Why is that?
First, because school starts right afterward. Second, because it’s already getting cool here in New Hampshire.
You: Seriously?
Seriously. On a bike ride early yesterday morning I actually [...]

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My youngest daughter sure is earning her wings this summer.
You: What do you mean?
In the last month, she’s flown to Florida and Arizona.
You: And how old is she?
One and a half.
You: Isn’t it crazy expensive to be flying your daughter around the country?
Crazy?  Somewhat, although she was pretty well-behaved for me.  Expensive? Actually. it’s free.
You: [...]

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Michael on September 8th, 2009
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Are you on the Do Not Call list?
You: Signed up the first day a few years ago.
Me too.  But I still get calls.
You: You do?
Yes.  Not as often as I once did. I estimate that signing up for the Do Not Call list cut down my calls over 90%, but definitely not 100%.
You: Why not?
Some [...]

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