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AFM Reader Question: Roth IRA for Emergency Fund?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I received the following email the other day: I read a blog post a few weeks ago at Mint.com about using your Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund. Here’s the blog post: Does Using a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund a Good Idea? I’ve been following your blog for several years now (you even […]

A Real-Life Example of People Thinking with Their Hearts and Not Their Brains

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Yesterday’s link to the article about people not saving for retirement, brought back the following memory. I remember back when I was in high school, my dad telling me about how my cousin had withdrawn something like $30,000 out of her Walmart retirement account in order to buy a new car. I know new car […]

Will AT&T Capping Data Plans Affect You?

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Just read this morning that AT&T is ending its unlimited data plans. I was on the unlimited plan but never used that much data. This paragraph illustrates the issue: Carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, have long chafed at having to spend billions of dollars to build and maintain networks only to watch Internet […]

Budgeting Software – Helpful or Time-Waster?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Do you know what’s way more fun than actually budgeting? Reading about budgeting. A Google search for “Budgeting Software” will give you 3+ MILLION results.  It’s clear that people are looking for something to make budgeting easier (or something to help them put off doing the actual budgeting work), but is there really any easy way […]

How Important is a Budget?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The first thing we did when we decided to get out of debt was reevaluate our budget. We knew that we had to change the way we spent our money before our financial situation could change. The amount of information out there on budgeting is overwhelming. There are lots of trite and obvious articles out […]

Question of the Day: Netflix

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Haven’t done a Question of the Day in a few weeks so I thought I’d ask this: Did Netflix’s latest price increase cause you to leave the company? I can’t say that the price increase caused me to leave but I did cancel our membership. Why? Mostly because it seemed like I would scroll through […]

Question of the Day: Could You Come Up With $2,000 in 30 Days?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

A facebook friend of mine posted this question this morning: Could you come up with $2K in 30 days? One quarter of Americans report that they would certainly not be able to come up with such funds, and an additional 19% would do so by relying at least in part on pawning or selling possessions […]

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