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Willing to Bare It All? Get Your Financial Questions Answered


Do you have a financial question you want answered?

Want somebody to look at a snapshot of your finances and give you a checkup?

Volunteer for a public Financial Checkup.

For the longest time I’ve considered doing a regular segment that involves readers, either something like Simple Dollar’s Reader Mailbag or Get Rich Slowly’s Ask the Readers.

I do receive a fair amount of reader questions (and would get many more if I actively solicited them), but I intentionally don’t because I simply don’t have time to respond to most. After all, I have a full-time job and a family, too, and if I spent all of my “blogging time” answering emails I would never get around to writing another post.

On the rare occasion I’ve published such questions with my answers, or used them as inspiration for a post, but most questions simply aren’t involved enough to publish entire posts around.

Now I hope to change that.

INTRODUCING FINANCIAL CHECKUPS

I’m looking for readers with financial questions who would like to be considered for a free (and public) Financial Checkup. If selected, I will:

  • Provide a detailed answer to your question in a blog post, consulting research and experts when necessary.
  • Give you a specific financial action plan for your situation.
  • Ask readers to respond in comments with their opinions about your financial situation.

To be considered, you must be willing to share with the world:

  • Your financial situation including income, assets, debts, and spending habits.
  • Your first name, occupation, and city.

So yes, you need to put yourself out there a bit, but we’ll make sure we’re not going to fully identify you. (If you have an unusual first name, for example, you can ask we change it.) We will not publish your last name or employer. In return, you’ll hopefully get some sound financial help and inspiration from both me and other readers.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Interested in requesting a Financial Checkup?

Click here to submit your question!

To express interest in participating, complete this application form. (It should take 5, maybe 10 minutes.) The more information you can provide, the better. I will select questions for participation based upon how I can help and how interesting the resulting answer will be to everybody. I’ll select the first participant within a couple of weeks and then run pieces every couple of weeks thereafter.

Any questions, hit me up in the comments!

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About David Weliver

David Weliver is the founding editor of Money Under 30. He's a cited authority on personal finance and the unique money issues we face during our first two decades as adults. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.

Comments

  1. I think this is a great idea and would love to read/participate in this segment. I do have to say though, the requirement of posting my financial situation and my photo takes away my anonymity. I realize the odds of being recognized are slim but still… the photo requirement is what will keep me on the sidelines. Can’t wait to see the segment though!

    • valerie says:

      Agreed. I would love to participate in this, but a photo is completely unnecessary.

      • David Weliver says:

        Thanks for the feedback. Someday perhaps I’ll drop the photo requirement, but editorially it’s important because photos make people real–why is Facebook so popular? Faces. Photos. Pick up Money Magazine any month and there are stories including photos of real people (and their full names, too). This exercise isn’t for everybody, I understand, but for those willing to go out on a limb, there can be benefits to going public with your financial situation—it’s what I did when I started this blog and it’s a part of why I was successful turning my finances around.

        • Some people have rather unusual names, and that, combined with a photo, could really strip away any chance of being named but still remaining one among millions on the internet.

  2. David I think you are right.

  3. David Weliver says:

    After chewing this over for a long, long time, I’m changing my mind and will drop the photo requirement.

    Although I think these will ultimately be most interesting to readers when they can see and relate to the person visually—unlike Money Magazine I don’t have a list of photographers ready to go out and shoot a magazine-quality portrait of the subject, and as somebody pointed out, people could just submit fake photos which could open us up to copyright problems yadda yadda.

    So if you read this and the photo requirement was the only thing holding you back—feel free to submit your question. I have a few dozen that I’m sorting through now for the first one or two, but if your question is good we’ll use you down the road.

  4. Thanks for dropping the photo requirement…there was no way I’d be interested if required to provide a photo because it removes my anominity from those I DO know getting a too personal peek into my situation.

    That said, maybe I’ll submit my situation in a few months because you already kind of featured me in the “over-saver” article.