"I've got to make money and save it. I've got to do that thing that rich people do where they turn money into *more* money. Can you teach me how to do that?"
--Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
Hitherto, all of my money matters have been handled by the soon-to-be-ex Mr. Pants. He was good at it and increased our net worth very well over the years. It's a good thing, too, because I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to money, and I haven't a clue about what constitutes a wise investment. I know I should regularly put money into my IRA, and I need to be frugal (although I'm not always good at it). Oh, and earning high interest is good, owing with high interest is bad. And it's either a good time or a bad time to buy a house, depending on whom you ask. And something something no-load mutual funds something blah blah blah.
So I think I'm going to have to outsource my financial thinking to a professional. I've had some friends recommend theirs to me, and I think I'll contact a few to see if they are a good fit ... not that I have any idea what would constitute a good fit. I really have no idea what to ask them, other than "How much is this shit going to cost me?"
So that's where you, dear reader, can help me. Tell me: what the hell do I ask these people? How do I know which one to choose?