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1.85% on 45k student loan - just pay the minimum?

So, I'm selling my house and will have some extra cash, finally. I have a consolidated student loan that after years of steady payments, has come down to a very low 1.85% interest rate. Given the current economic conditions, and an intense desire to have my money work hard for me after years of being in the doldrums, should I up the payment and try to save a tiny bit on interest? Or would it be better to stuff my IRA, or put money into a no-load fund or index? [more inside]
posted by ihavequestions on Apr 11, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I find a financial planner or retirement advisor?

We need a financial planner in Los Angeles. Or an advisor, I don't know the difference. Difficulty level: poorly organized procrastinators. My husband will be retiring in 3-4 years. I don't reach retirement age for several years more, though I could take "early retirement" from my company next year. Between us we have 2 pensions, 2 401Ks, 2 health insurance plans, a bit in savings bonds and a tiny IRA. We have a house that will be paid off in 3 years. And we have a lot of things we want to do in retirement. We're doing reasonably well negotiating where we'd like to live and what kind of place, but we have no idea what we can afford and/or if I can afford to retire with him. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Mar 17, 2014 - 3 answers

An very unpleasant leave from my psychiatrist?

I went back to my psychiatrist to pick up a bill and a probably exchange of the Rx he just prescribed which I found is inappropriate for my medical condition. He asked me for $150 for this visit. Is it reasonable? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Aug 8, 2013 - 20 answers

Self-employed and taxed up the wazoo?!

My husband made less than $10k this year but TurboTax is telling us he owes over $1k in taxes. Is that right?! [more inside]
posted by Mooseli on Apr 11, 2013 - 24 answers

Do I need a bookkeeper, an accountant or someone else???

I have come to the conclusion that I am bad with money, and I need help. The question is, who can provide me with the help I need. I've researched various professions online and have a hard time telling who would best suit my needs: a bookkeeper, an accountant, a financial counselor, a daily money manager, someone else entirely?? More than one of these?? [more inside]
posted by buddylove on Mar 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi?

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Sep 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Super basic Financial advice

I'm hoping for some information more then advice on investing in Canada. Really really basic investment information. [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Sep 4, 2012 - 4 answers

divorce settlement hindsight advice

About to start discussing divorce details. What do you wish you known, what would you have done differently, what do you regret, what are glad you did? [more inside]
posted by jennstra on Aug 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Sketchy-meter going off

Some questions about some information asked for by a financial manager. [more inside]
posted by annsunny on Jun 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Financial Gift for Graduate?

What's a great "financial instrument" gift for my soon-to-graduate 21 year old? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Apr 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Free education?

How to go back to school full-time for only a year and a half--for free or close to free? [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Feb 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Oh god. Another RRSP post.

Canadian RRSP filter: Does the Home Buyers Plan actually make sense? Can you crunch the numbers on my behalf? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Jan 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Where to turn for advice when a co-signer defaults on his house loan?

Where to send my wonderful neighbor who really, really needs help? My neighbor is one of the kindest, most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure to know. He just came to ask me for advice about a financial problem that he is now facing. He co-signed for a mortgage loan for his son-in-law a few years ago, and just found out that his son-in-law lost his house. A collection agency just called my neighbor at work and is demanding payment of $90K. Where can I send him for help? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Dec 8, 2011 - 27 answers

How to Keep a Non-Custodial Parent out of the Financial Aid Process Legally?

One of my 3 kids is applying for early decision to college and I have a financial aid question about having her non-custodial dad be part of the process. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Financial Aid Question

I returned school for a Master's Degree. I have quit my full time job and started classes, but my school still has not processed my financial aid. They have told me that it will not be processed in time for the fee deadline and I am in danger of being dropped from all my classes. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Sep 1, 2011 - 10 answers

How to get financial papers in order?

How and in what form should financial documents/bills be kept at home? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Apr 4, 2011 - 10 answers

How am I going to pay for my credential program?

How do I claim myself as an independent on the FAFSA when I am completely independent, going for a teaching credential, 22 years old, or how else can I fund my schooling? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Mar 19, 2011 - 15 answers

How do you satisfy financial travel visa requirements when you're a poor college student?

UK Travel VisaFilter: There is a possibility that I might leave the US and attempt to get a post-graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.... [more inside]
posted by donquixote on Jan 13, 2011 - 8 answers

I love Detroit, but should I live here?

I love Detroit, but should I live here? There's a lot of personal reasons that I want to live in Detroit, but crime and security issues have strained me financially. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Dec 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Who do you tell after you get married?

Curious about paperwork/notifications when getting married -- besides the marriage license. [more inside]
posted by asciident on Jun 1, 2010 - 13 answers

What's yours is ours

Marital Finances filter: I'm curious about how couples decide if they are going to be an "our money" couple or a "your money/my money" couple. [more inside]
posted by ThatCanadianGirl on Apr 13, 2010 - 69 answers

What next, Picasso?

Is anyone aware of statistical data that has been gathered on professional visual artists? [more inside]
posted by madred on Jan 17, 2010 - 5 answers

They already took 30% once, I don't want them to do it again.

What's the best way to save money for the express purpose of later giving it to someone else? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 5, 2010 - 11 answers

Am I crazy to offer a gift of financial planning services to my cousins?

My Aunt, Uncle and cousins have never been good with money, and have also never had well paying jobs. My Uncle has just inherited a (low) six-figure sum. Do I try to help them out by offering to build a financial plan for them? [more inside]
posted by RecalcitrantYouth on Dec 20, 2009 - 11 answers

When will check writing be obsolete?

When will check writing be obsolete? [more inside]
posted by junipero on Nov 4, 2009 - 69 answers

Should I pay off one debt with another?

StudentLoanFilter: Should I use my student loan money to pay off my last credit card? long-ish explanation of my situation inside. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Oct 27, 2009 - 9 answers

good online financial help

Financial fool filter: I'm looking for authoritative online financial information/planning advice [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 on Jun 16, 2009 - 5 answers

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis?

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Mar 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Financial Coach

Are there online financial coaching services—not investment financial planners or debt counselors--for debt-free people fed up with researching every personal money decision? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Mar 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Help with financial aid!

College financial aid question - Here is a question about the best way for my wife and I to fill out the FAFSA... [more inside]
posted by mikedelic on Feb 4, 2009 - 4 answers

How does a company pledge collateral?

What actually happens when a company (e.g. AIG) posts additional collateral for a credit default swap (or other financial instrument)? [more inside]
posted by csw on Nov 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Any Prosper.com Borrowers in Da House?

I'd welcome hearing of Mefites who have had experiences with the Prosper website as a borrower. (Or, if no one can help me on that, recommendations for Chicago or national credit unions accessible to most anyone.) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 7, 2007 - 6 answers

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