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LastDollar December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on shizennougyou where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. LastDollar is thirty-three years old, an entrepreneur and single mom with […]

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Take the Time to Meet With an Estate Planner

by Luke Landes

After putting this aspect of my finances off for the duration of my entire adult life, I finally found a recommendation for an attorney who focuses on estate planning, and we had our initial meeting earlier today. A few months ago, I had some concerns that my tax accountant, who had done a good job […]

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Kathleen December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on shizennougyou where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Kathleen is thirty-one years old, single, and living in Portland, Oregon. […]

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8 Rules for Borrowing Money From Friends and Family

by Luke Landes

I’ve written about lending money to friends and family. I addressed this topic a few years ago because as my personal financial situation improved, I was in a position to help. Not so long before that time in my life, however, I was in the opposite situation. I didn’t have my financial situation stabilized, and […]

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Some Taxpayers Can’t File Income Taxes Until March

by Luke Landes

Thanks to tax code changes like the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the law that put an end to the fiscal cliff bickering and uncertainty around this year’s tax rates, the IRS is behind with their normal process of updating forms and testing computer programming. While the government is usually ready for taxpayers to […]

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Subcontract the Work You Don’t Want to Do

by Luke Landes

Until he was caught by a security firm hired to investigate a suspected hacking, an employee of an unnamed company took advantage of an extreme inefficiency in the job market. He was reportedly earning a six-figure salary as a computer programmer — I suppose programmers are called developers in the parlance of our times — […]

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A New #Cut4Bieber: Justin Bieber’s Prepaid Debit Card

by Luke Landes

There’s apparently a celebrity of some sort called Justin Bieber. I don’t know much about him, but I might have heard a song of his one time. He might have been a baby only a few years ago, but today he’s following in the footsteps of some of my favorite gurus, in a love-to-hate sense, […]

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Anonymous S December 2012 Net Worth

by Luke Landes

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on shizennougyou where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anonymous S is a 24-year-old engineer earning $67,000 a year plus […]

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Podcast 169: Helaine Olen, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

by Luke Landes

The shizennougyou Podcast is no longer on a regular schedule, but I plan to produce new episodes throughout the year as the opportunities arise. Today’s guest on the podcast is Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. Helaine is a New York-based journalist, contributing to Forbes, […]

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$1 Trillion Platinum Coin: The Next Episode of Reality TV

by Luke Landes

Political theatrics doesn’t stop. I’ve been ignoring the latest issue for as long as possible, but this is so ridiculous I couldn’t go on ignoring it. Now that pundits have stopped talking about the fiscal cliff, the discussion has turned to the debt ceiling, the artificial limit Congress has put on spending that they have […]

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