It’s been a while since I mentioned Ask Metafilter, one of my favorite web sites. Metafilter members (it costs $5 to join) can ask questions of the group, and then other users do their best to provide helpful answers. Recent examples include:
- Can someone please explain the The Second Law of Thermodynamics to me, with examples?
- I need a seriously gigantic novelty toothbrush.
- Meditation – what is the point exactly?
Naturally, many people have questions about money.
Earlier today, an anonymous user wrote, “I want to start being more financially responsible. My husband doesn’t want to hear it. Can I do this without hurting our marriage? How?” This sounds like a difficult situation. How can you help a person who refuses to even talk about a problem?
Another user recently asked about unauthorized withdrawals. “My boyfriend is a frugal person, and keeps a very close eye on his finances. Last night he told me he was alarmed to find that he had a lot less money in the bank than he thought he did. Today, he checked his bank statement and discovered two unauthorized withdrawals, one for $200, one for $400. … What steps can he take immediately to protect his account, since someone clearly has his information and is taking his money? What can he do to recover the money that has already been taken?”
Ask Metafilter is a fantastic resource. Before I started GRS, it was my favorite place to hang out on the web. Speaking of favorite hangouts, here are two money stories from sites I read regularly:
- “Little expenses can add up!” writes Free Money Finance. He takes a look at Bob Sullivan’s new book, Gotcha Capitalism: How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day — and What You Can Do About It. “To me,” says FMF, “this entire book boils down to one simple statement: know what you’re getting yourself into and what it will cost when you make any financial transaction.
- A recent issue of The New Yorker features an article by Jill Lepore about what Poor Richard cost Benjamin Franklin. Poor Richard was Franklin’s nom de plume when sharing folksy wisdom about money and life. This essay explores the foundations of “The Way to Wealth”, perhaps Franklin’s most enduring work.
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