Financial, Investing

Building a Portfolio With a Few Coins*

Through all the turbulence of repaying debts, having the house need major repairs, and being a single parent, I was still able to siphon off small amounts of money for investments. This is, obviously, another sign of the privilege in my life -- privilege associated with underlying financial stability, financial support from my family, and… Continue reading Building a Portfolio With a Few Coins*

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Debt, Financial, Investing

I Was An Incrementalist When Incremental Wasn’t Cool

In November, 2006, there was a discussion on The Motley Fool about when to borrow money.   Another poster was surprised that his neighbor, a banker, had this rule:  Never borrow money for a depreciating asset.   I thought it was great advice, and not at all surprised that it had come from a banker.  Bankers see the… Continue reading I Was An Incrementalist When Incremental Wasn’t Cool

Financial, Investing

What I Did To (WID2)… Learn to Invest — More Family Knowledge

On September 6, 2007, there was a drop in the stock market.  (It was also my moms' birthday.)  Someone on The Motley Fool posted and was concerned about it.  I hadn't even noticed that it was a down day. But it reminded me of what is now known as Black Monday back in 1987 (ye… Continue reading What I Did To (WID2)… Learn to Invest — More Family Knowledge

Financial, House

What I Did To (WID2) … Repair the House After The Flood, March, 2007

For those who don't recall, I had many gallons of rainwater flow through my basement in the flood of 2006.  The back yard turned into a shallow lake, and the swale on the side of the house was a running stream above my ankles. All this on tiny 0.13 acre lot, no less! In March,… Continue reading What I Did To (WID2) … Repair the House After The Flood, March, 2007

Financial

What I Did To (WID2)… Get Out of Debt – February and March, 2007

After the excitement of getting engaged and deciding it was time to get my health under control (remember, this is 11 years ago; those of you who know me know that I'm still not all the way there, so don't hold your breath), there was still the grinding climb out of the financial depths. In… Continue reading What I Did To (WID2)… Get Out of Debt – February and March, 2007