Category Archives: Fast Reads

Questions about Leftovers, Hobby Hype, Dollar Stores, Convenience, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question.
1. Planning for disabled child’s future
2. Investing while in debt
3. Ethics of possibly stolen items
4. Overseas money transfer
5. Dollar store purchases
6. How young can investing start?
7. Used car valuation
8. Buying local
9. Convenience and frugality
10. Wireless rechargeable speakers
11. Medical uncertainty
12. Rental disaster
13. Remembering leftovers
14. Older personal finance books
15. Hobby hype

I’ve mentioned before that I play both fantasy baseball and fantasy football with various groups of friends. That makes September a particularly interesting month as the fantasy football leagues are having their drafts and starting up while the fantasy baseball leagues are on the home stretch.

I spend late August and early September looking at far too many Excel spreadsheets full of statistics, trying to figure out which players to pick and which trades to pursue.

Why good leaders show their gratitude

Gratitude is the foundation of servant leadership, writes Dan Veitkus.  -More

SmartBrief on Leadership

The Four Stages of Financial Independence

Financial independence is a tricky phrase because it can mean different things to different people.

Right now, I view financial independence as being a state where I no longer have to work for money. Yet, seven or eight years ago, I might have viewed it as simply being free from worrying about my next paycheck. At different points in there, I might have seen financial independence completely differently.

Along the way, I’ve come to realize that financial independence is made up of a series of stages. Some people might see more stages, while others might see fewer; I see four clear ones.

In my own financial journey – and in the journey of others that I’ve had conversations with – “financial independence” generally means the next stage that hasn’t been achieved yet.

20 Great Games to Play with Stuff You Already Have

Playing games at the kitchen table is a regular part of life at our house. I play games after school three or four days a week with my children, as well as a family game night most weeks. Sarah and I play games together one or two nights a week, and I have a regular game night with a few friends. Sarah and I also host a potluck dinner about once a month where we invite friends over to play games.

While many of the games we play are ones that have been purchased or received as gifts over the last fifteen years or so, some of them are actually games that we play using a few items we would have around the house anyway.

The heart of a game is the people you play it with. If you have a group of people that are all on board for whatever you’re doing, you don’t need a nice game board or production-quality materials. You just need a fun game idea.

Affordable Online Master’s Degree Programs

This is part of a four-part series that focuses on affordable online education, specifically online colleges and various degree programs. Other articles in this series cover the most affordable online colleges in general, affordable online bachelor’s degree programs, and affordable online MBA programs. We hope this series can send people in the right direction who are looking for a quality education online without breaking the bank.

Choosing An Online Graduate Degree Program

Online graduate programs are ideal for working professionals looking to further develop their skills in a particular area or to advance in their chosen career. Tuition is more expensive for these programs than for online bachelor’s degrees, but there are still plenty of cheap online master’s programs out there if you’re looking to get a quality education from home.

How to delegate without driving everyone crazy

Delegating effectively is vital for modern leaders, but it’s also a skill that surprisingly few bosses have mastered, writes  -More

SmartBrief on Leadership

Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

This is part of a four-part series on affordable online colleges and degree programs. The other articles cover affordable online colleges, affordable online master’s degree programs, and affordable online MBA programs. Our goal with this series is to help anyone interested in online education find the best programs for the money and walk away with a quality degree.

Who Should Consider an Online Bachelor’s Degree

Before getting into the list of the top five schools for an affordable online bachelor’s degree, let’s explore who an online degree is best for. That way, you can make the determination if you want to move forward with further research on individual schools and programs.