We will be welcoming our first child in less than a week. We started having a lot of conversations about starting a family a couple of years ago and have been preparing for it, including moving from dual incomes to one. It has been a roller coaster ride for us — emotionally, mentally, financially and [...]
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There are two categories of tasks that keep the financial machine running smoothly — essential tasks and beneficial tasks. Most people recognize the essential tasks as something they should do at least once a year: Open or review your retirement account, re-balance your portfolio, review your insurance needs, etc.
But somehow the beneficial tasks don’t seem to get the [...]
This post, written by Alden Wicker, is from our partner site LearnVest.
Who depends on you for support?
If we’re talking about emotional support, you can probably tick off a quick list. But when it comes to financial support, the picture gets murkier.
According to a survey by LearnVest and Guardian Insurance, almost one in five respondents said they didn’t [...]
This is a guest post from Suba Iyer.
When I graduated and started looking for my first job a few years ago, I ended up with 2 jobs – one in a very prestigious University and another in private sector. The decision was quite easy, the University offered me $52,000 after negotiation and the private company [...]
This is a bit of a rant, so please bear with me…
As you’re likely aware, we have four school-aged kids. As such, it’s not uncommon to have one virus or another making its way through our house. And sometimes this results in having sick kids who need to stay home from school.
In an [...]
The typical washer-dryer combo unit lasts about eight years. The one in my home was in its 14th year, and living on borrowed time when it finally expired last year.
Its demise meant a large unexpected expense I hadn’t counted on. I bit the bullet and called the same appliance retailer I’d bought my last combo [...]
Okay, not a very cheery title, but the fact that death is a bummer subject is the problem. The mere fact that people don’t want to discuss it prevents them from taking care of some of the financial responsibilities associated with dying. So, if have avoided the subject so far, and in particular if you [...]
As I’ve asserted in this space before, news on the healthcare front has often seemed unrelentingly bad. And it’s been that way a long time. First came the demise of the house call, then the soaring cost of care delivered anywhere but where folks would like it, in the home. Ensuing decades brought more bad [...]
Earlier this week, I ran across an interesting article over at Investor Junkie. In it, Larry described the destruction of his Long Island rental property by Hurricane Sandy.
One of the most interesting points in all of this (at least to me) was that his renter did have a renter’s insurance policy, but their losses weren’t [...]
I mentioned this in passing when I recently wrote about open enrollment season, but I wanted to remind you that healthcare flexible spending account (FSA) contribution limits have been capped at $2500 for 2013. In most cases, this will be a reduction vs. what’s been possible in the past.
This change actually traces back to the [...]
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