Financial Geekery

July 31, 2012

In this week’s final session of my summer workshop series, we took the 50,000 foot view and asked ourselves the big questions — what is money? What is value? Where is God in all of this? We even came up with a few answers, one of which is this: paradoxically, one of th...

July 23, 2012

“You Need A Budget”. No, I don’t mean you personally— that’s what YNAB stands for, and that’s what we’ll be talking about today. Got your attention? Good — let’s go.

The basics. In a sense, YNAB is more traditional than mint.com: rather than being free and online-o...

July 17, 2012

Speaking personally, I can’t imagine what budgeting was like in the Pre-Computing Dark Ages. As it is, though, we now have plenty of tools to help keep us on track (though how well we use them is another matter entirely). For this week and next, I’m going to talk about...

July 10, 2012

Like arcades and paper books, landline phones are becoming an outdated artifact of the 20th century; many families have opted to cut their landline service entirely, in favor of their cell phones. For those of us that, for whatever reason, refuse to give it up, there’s...

July 3, 2012

Next week is the beginning of my second Summer Personal Finance Workshop Series, so I’d like to take some time in this post to talk about why I bother doing any of this. It’s a short story with a surprise (at least, it was a surprise to me), so it’s worth reading.

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