Retirement Savings Emergency!

I have a friend – let’s call her Allison – who’s kind and generous. She provides financial and emotional support to less fortunate friends. She donates money to worthwhile causes. She’s a lawyer whose job it is to help poor people in Family Court. She’s fun, funny and nice to those around her. That’s the good news.

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The shocking Rule of 25

I’ve some distant relatives, Bob and Carol*, both in their fifties. Carol inherited a bunch of antique furniture when her Mom died. But they had a problem. They had no place to put the furniture but wanted to keep it in case their daughter wanted it “someday”. Plus they had other stuff they wanted to keep but no longer fit in their house.

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Adventures in negotiating rent

Did you know you can negotiate rent? I didn’t until about a year ago when Mrs. FF and I sold our home in the burbs so we could downsize and move to downtown Philly. We were thrilled – we’ve always wanted to live downtown since we moved to Philly long ago. City wage taxes and having children got in the way.

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