The biggest reason I write is because I enjoy writing and find my subject matter interesting. But the second reason is because sometimes people tell me that they’ve found something I wrote useful.

I also get a number of reader questions by e-mail, and generally I reply by e-mail rather than on the site. Recently, though, I’ve seen a number of bloggers publishing (with permission) their reader mail.

So what questions do you have that you’d like to see answered on the site itself? Anything you’d like to ask me AND the readers to comment on? Or hey, any topics that you’d just like to see on the site, even though you’ve already got your own views on the subject?

If you don’t want to send a direct e-mail, I have a contact form you can use. Or you can e-mail me using my address, mrsmicah [a.t] gmail.com (garbled for fear of spambots). Or you can even leave a comment.

As my disclaimer says, I’m not a financial professional. So I can’t give professional advice…and if I don’t know something I’ll tell you. At least if I know I don’t know it. πŸ˜‰

Edit: I forgot to mention that I’ll be answering them next Tuesday after the Carnival of Personal Finance on Monday.


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Vered June 20, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I am curious about your long-term plans… say 10 years from now: where do you see yourself, financially, professionally, personally?

budgets are sexy June 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm

cool idea, i hope you get lots of questions. i can’t think of anything off the bat, but i’ll holler once I do πŸ˜‰

or maybe i’ll just make one up now? how about a “would you rather” one, those are always fun!….let’s see here.

Okay here we go: “Would you rather have $500k now (no taxes, fees, etc) OR would you rather get 1 million ten years from now (no fees again)?”

You could do a lot with that money now – invest it, spend some, pay off loans, etc…OR could just get more later if you’re willing to be patient πŸ˜‰

Mark Salinas June 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm

I like your site…I will definitely be back with questions….hopefully I don’t annoy you to much πŸ™‚

Andrew Stevens June 20, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Budgets, that’s a pretty easy question. Do you think you can do better than 7.2% per annum? If so, take the money now. Otherwise, defer it. It’s a better question if it’s $2 million in the future. Then you’d have to do better than 14.9% per annum which isn’t terribly likely. As it stands, I’ll take the half a million now. Raise it to $2 million and I’ll wait the ten years.

Money Blue Book June 21, 2008 at 1:50 am

How about weekly home meal preparation advice for us guys who suck at cooking and often end up eating out a lot?

tarits June 21, 2008 at 5:01 am

hi mrsmicah! i’m a fulltime grad student right now (and for the next 2 years). your site really inspires me and has given me a lot of ideas, not just financially but in living the simple life. keep it up!

budgets are sexy June 23, 2008 at 11:48 am

That’s a good point Andrew, raising it to $2 million is def. a trickier one – BUT only for those who have the patience and investing smarts to do it πŸ˜‰

I can guarantee that if you give $500k to someone, they will be sure to spend a little on themselves, pay off some debt, and THEN start investing it – leaving you with a good amount less to start working towards the $1 or $2 million mark.

mrsmicah June 23, 2008 at 11:55 am

@J, I guarantee you that if you give me $500k now, the first $100k or so would go towards paying off debt. Then another $50k would go into some kind of accessible but high-interest savings/CD/money market. The rest I’d invest. So starting with more like $350k. But I’d rather have that now because I’d feel like it was freeing me up for the future.

Andrew Stevens June 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Budgets, not true. I’d invest all of it. But I don’t have any debt worth paying off and I have everything I want. I might save less money in the future though than I currently am.

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