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Ask Ms. Plaid: Tips for Traveling Abroad with Young Kids
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Tips for Traveling Abroad with Young Kids

By Ms. Plaid - Apr 28 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: My husband and I are planning a 3 week vacation to Europe in the Fall and we are planning on taking our children, ages 2 and 4, along with us. Our friends and family think this is inappropriate and that the children should stay home. We are being told that they are […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Dealing with Passive-Aggressive Behavior
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Dealing with Passive-Aggressive Behavior

By Ms. Plaid - Apr 21 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I need help on how best to handle a friend who is always passive aggressive with me. I know she cares about me and our friendship, so why does she exhibit such behavior? – Sincerely, Hurt Feelings Dear Hurt Feelings: According to Wikipedia the definition of passive-aggressive behavior is the following: Passive-aggressive […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Does Going into Business with a Friend Ever Work?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Does Going into Business with a Friend Ever Work?

By Ms. Plaid - Apr 14 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid, I have been asked to go into business with one of my close friends. Although I am excited about the potential success of our partnership; I am afraid that it might affect our personal friendship. Is it a good idea to go into business with a friend? – Worried About Staying Friends […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Frustrated with Unruly Children While Dining
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Frustrated with Unruly Children While Dining

By Ms. Plaid - Apr 07 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: Although I am a parent myself, it absolutely drives me crazy when I see unruly children in a restaurant. It is frustrating when I am trying to enjoy a meal in a nice restaurant and all I hear are screaming kids. When is it okay to politely ask the parent(s) to please […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Keeping it Professional When Working at Home
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Keeping it Professional When Working at Home

By Ms. Plaid - Mar 31 2017


Dear Professionals at Home, By now we have all seen the epic video of Robert E. Kelly of the BBC to give a live interview at home when his children steal the show. I loved the parody of the woman version too, women’s version of children interrupting. It got me thinking about some of my […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: How Should I Decide What to Outsource?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: How Should I Decide What to Outsource?

By Ms. Plaid - Mar 24 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I’m getting to the point where I am so busy that I have thought about outsourcing a few things, how should I decide what to outsource versus what I should just do myself? I also feel a bit guilty thinking about not doing something myself. – Outsourcing Dear Outsourcing, I 1000% believe […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Is Financial Infidelity the Same as Other Infidelity?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Is Financial Infidelity the Same as Other Infidelity?

By Ms. Plaid - Mar 17 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I would never cheat physically on my partner, but sometimes I spend money that I know we don’t have on stuff we don’t need. Is financial infidelity the same as cheating? – Money Cheater Dear Money Cheater, All partnerships are based in trust and lying either about physical relationships or money issues […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Are Handwritten Thank You Notes Outdated?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Are Handwritten Thank You Notes Outdated?

By Ms. Plaid - Mar 10 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: Do people send handwritten thank you notes? Is this an outdated practice when an email will do just fine? – Thank You Dear Thank You, In my opinion a handwritten thank you note will never go out of style. In the digital age taking the time to write something by hand and […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: How Can I Take a Vacation While Saving Money?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: How Can I Take a Vacation While Saving Money?

By Ms. Plaid - Mar 03 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I’m working so hard to save money, but I really need to take a vacation from work to recharge. Do you have any suggestions? – I NEED a Break Dear I NEED a Break, I completely understand both struggles. I too like to take breaks from work because it recharges me. In […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Should I Hire A Tax Pro?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Should I Hire A Tax Pro?

By Ms. Plaid - Feb 24 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: How do I know if I am qualified to do my own tax return or if I need to hire a professional tax preparer? – Not a Tax Pro Dear Not a Tax Pro, This is a great question as we are entering tax season and you are starting to get all […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: I'm Coming Back to Work after Maternity Leave
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Ask Ms. Plaid: I’m Coming Back to Work after Maternity Leave

By Ms. Plaid - Feb 17 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I’m coming back to work after maternity leave and I’m anxious about going back to work.  Do you have any suggestions for new working mothers? – New Mom Dear New Mom, Being nervous about going back to work after maternity leave is completely normal.  You have given life to a new being, […]

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Cutting Off My Adult Children Financially
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Cutting Off My Adult Children Financially

By Ms. Plaid - Feb 10 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I love my children, but they are now adults, ages 28 and 26 respectively.  I have had to help both of my children financially from time to time with their bills, but at the same time I’m working on building my own retirement.  How can I lovingly approach this with my children? […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Giving to Charity
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Giving to Charity

By Ms. Plaid - Feb 03 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I want to be thoughtful in giving money to charities, but I am so overwhelmed by the choices.  How can I select a charity and be confident my money is doing good? – Trying to Do Good Dear Trying to Do Good, It’s great you want to be more charitable and being […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: Selling My House
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Ask Ms. Plaid: Selling My House

By Ms. Plaid - Jan 27 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: I’ve decided to downsize my house and move into something smaller and want to hustle on selling to take advantage of my hot local market.  The idea of moving is overwhelming to me and I’m a bit concerned about managing all the “professionals” in the process.  Do you have any guidance on […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: My Dog Has an Annoying Habit. Can You Help?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: My Dog Has an Annoying Habit. Can You Help?

By Ms. Plaid - Jan 20 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid: Our dog Buddy is like a family member, but sometimes I think he is the black sheep of the family.  Buddy is great around our grandchildren and known family members, but often gets over excited with new people and jumps on them.  He’s not a huge dog, but it embarrasses me that […]

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Ask Ms. Plaid: How do I Make a Good Impression at My New Job?
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Ask Ms. Plaid: How do I Make a Good Impression at My New Job?

By Ms. Plaid - Jan 13 2017


Dear Ms. Plaid:  I am starting a new job next week and want to make the best first impression with my boss and my co-workers.  Do you have any suggestions on getting off on the right foot (or high heel)? – Anxious New Employee Dear Anxious New Employee: First off, congratulations on your new role.  […]