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Personal Finance King
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Next up: These vintage cast iron swiveling stoolsIf possible, I like to score a win-win. That applies to relationships, but also making money. Can you make a living while also making a positive impact on the world? Can you earn a paycheck while being a good Christian witness? A few notches lower on the significance scale, but a win-win nonetheless: Can you earn some extra cash while getting rid of things ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 11:50 AM
If you live in the U.S., you know it’s expensive to vacation in Europe. The basic cost of entry is airfare (at least $500 x 4 for my family), plus hotel or B&B for let’s say 10 nights ($150 X 10), plus food ($100 X 10), plus in-country transportation (cattle car Eurail for adults for 8 days is $352 X 2 and for kids is $287 X 2). The grand total is ...
Posted: Oct 09 2017 @ 11:30 AM
Grey as a toddler preparing to eat another bowl of $100 billsWant to know the worst possible financial decision you could make? Have a baby. Want to know the best decision Nora and I made? To have a baby. Or two. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (not sure why it’s their job to tally such things, but never mind that), the cost of raising a child increased 3% to $233,610 ...
Posted: Oct 02 2017 @ 12:51 PM
This week marks one year since I started this blog – my one year Blogiversary. I’ve faithfully put up a fresh post every week – 52 of them in all. That’s about 48 posts more than the average new blogger makes it, I think. Honestly, I didn’t know how long I’d be able to sustain it, whether I’d be able to generate a new post of any substance each week. But ...
Posted: Sep 25 2017 @ 12:01 PM
I’m an amateur expert in judging scholarship application essays. I’m an active member (and frequent judge) of a professional association that gives $7,000 in scholarships to college students, and I also read a lot of Nora’s student scholarship essays to give students some informal feedback. You might remember that Nora works in a school. With college becoming more of a basic prerequisite for most jobs, a wider swath of the population ...
Posted: Sep 18 2017 @ 12:49 PM
A recent post on my mom’s service trip to India on which she broke her hip raised a few questions among readers about travel insurance. Is it worth the expense, or is it like the extended warranty offered on an electric screwdriver at checkout – an extra expense that pads the retailer’s bottom line. As with most things, it depends. Weigh these 3 things: Size of the potential loss Probability of loss Your comfort ...
Posted: Sep 12 2017 @ 11:37 AM
“Does anyone own a beige Mini Cooper?” Believe me, that’s not something you want to hear yelled in a grocery store by the rent-a-cop. If you own a beige Mini Cooper, like me, I mean. I desperately wanted someone else to say, “Yeah, I got one of those.” It’s possible, right? But nothing. So I anxiously finished checking out, then direct to the door. It could only be something bad, right? It’s not like ...
Posted: Sep 05 2017 @ 11:19 AM
This isn’t a book review. Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton biography has been out for more than a decade, and its been analyzed and dissected every which way, especially since the explosive success of the musical Hamilton. Which is how I came to it. Kinda how teen fans of the movie Twilight fell backwards into the series of vampire books written by Stephenie Meyer, I did the middle-age equivalent: Through my kids, I ...
Posted: Aug 28 2017 @ 11:48 AM
We were down to 3 Euros. A 1 Euro and a 2 Euro coin. We had plenty more vacation-reserved money in the bank, but we were a sea away from an ATM. We were on Inishbofin – a small lightly-inhabited island off the west coast of Ireland. Not that there was much to buy, anyway. As far as I could tell, there was one commercial establishment on the whole island: The ...
Posted: Aug 21 2017 @ 12:32 PM
Growing up in the country outside Baltimore in the 1970s and ’80s, there wasn’t much thought about where you went to school. You went to the local public school. That’s where my older brothers and sister and I went (I’m the youngest of 4). Until one fateful parent-teacher conference. My parents were already growing frustrated with the public elementary school, which had put my sister and me into special alternative learning tracks, ...
Posted: Aug 14 2017 @ 12:33 PM


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