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Location: Portland, OR
Occupation: Personal Finance Coach
Interests: Being outdoors, reading, travel, helping people with their financial problems
Website: http://www.personalfinance101.org

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 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Feedback Requested

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:39 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 5624


Andrea, I'd be interested in hearing you thoughts so i hope you cover it on your blog. I also have another idea that I'd be interested in running by you if you don't mind me sending you a PM. Just let me know.

Mandy

 Forum: News & Announcements   Topic: Couples and Money Survey

 Post subject: Couples and Money Survey
Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:42 am 

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I will be closing my couples and money survey at the end of February and distributing results in March. I thought I'd throw out one last post about it for those who might be willing to participate but didn't know about it. The survey is completely anon, takes about 5 minutes (depending on how much d...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Feedback Requested

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:57 pm 

Replies: 8
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Thanks again for your thoughts and I definitely see your point. However, I think we're looking at it from different angles. For me this just something I want to do for a few hours/week so I can supplement my money while I'm traveling. I kind of *want* to do the lower-level stuff because I want thing...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: What is your experince with Elance.com?

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:34 pm 

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I went through this debate when I was starting the pf101 website. I ended up buying a template for $25 from a website and customizing it for my needs. Took time, but time I had plenty of - money was what I was missing so it was fine for me. There are things I don't like that I messed up and at some ...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Feedback Requested

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:31 pm 

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Thanks for your thoughts. I can see what you're saying. What I want to focus on first is building a client base so I can start getting referrals. If I have to charge a bit less for that in the start that's ok with me. This is going to be a several year process and as I start building a reputation I'...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Feedback Requested

 Post subject: Feedback Requested
Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:41 pm 

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As part of my goal to be able to combine my desire for travel with my need to eat I've decided to cash in on my administrative knowledge and skills and start providing Virtual Assistant services. I'd be interested in hearing thoughts on which services you think might be useful to provide. I'm primar...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Opening several checking accounts to separate funds?

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:04 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 8462


I'm not in the loan business, but I've always heard that "fresh" accounts or new accounts can hurt your credit score. I think ING just sets up spending limits for you, and you really only have one account. That's not going to hurt your score. But if you have six different accounts posting...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: What was the best mutual fund (in hindsight)?

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:15 pm 

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I've been in both Primecap and Healthcare (vanguard funds) since the mid-80s and they've made me very happy. :-)

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Sharebuilder

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:06 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 3280


Sharebuilder is horrible for fees. If you want to invest in funds, vanguard is great. If you want to invest in stocks, I like Firstrade because of their low fees and free DRIP.

Note that you can invest in the STAR fund for $1000.

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Opening several checking accounts to separate funds?

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:49 pm 

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I agree with the multiple ING savings accounts suggestions. Moving money between multiple checking accounts just seems like an accident waiting to happen to me. I'm in love with ING's multiple savings accounts. I have one for each saving goal. And yes, I could do it all via excel, but that would tak...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: 401k/IRA or Paying student loans

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:24 pm 

Replies: 3
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I'd pay minimums on the staffords and put as much as possible onto the private loans. Does your 401k match? If so, contribute enough to get the match then put the extra to the loans.

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: After-tax 401(k) contributions?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:36 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 3499


I would not do after-tax contributions. As mentioned, it just means you're guaranteed to pay a higher rate than what you could be paying now. It can also be a PITA when you leave your current employer and roll your money over. Also, I would not do a TIRA since you can't deduct it. It would be just l...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Fiancial Advisor...Too Good To Be True?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:31 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 8967


On the Vanguard vs. Fidelity question, here's my $.02 as a former Vanguard employee (who was investing with them for a decade before I started working there and am still invested there): - Vanguard has award winning customer service and educational materials - Vanguard is constantly trying to find w...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Fiancial Advisor...Too Good To Be True?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:07 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 8967


Ugh. Makes me want to slap him silly. If you want a target fund go to Vanguard or Fidelity and get one for cheap instead of following this guys (bad) advice. And, while I agree with mossy that A class are better than C class long term, i'd have to say that if he truly had your interest at heart he'd...
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