September 5, 2009

Pet Care Costs: The Costs of Dog and Cat Care

What’s been your experience with pet care costs and pet products? Does your dog or cat cost more than child care? I’m writing this as an ode to my cat. Sort of. I wanted to respond to one of Lazy Man’s older posts on “How Much Does A Dog Cost”? It’s no secret that they cost a lot more than cats. It’s all about the maintenance. […]

5 Ways To Be Prepared for Costly Natural Disasters

It pays to be prepared. I first learned about the Be Prepared motto way back when I was a Girl Guide playing with basic survival techniques and understanding the dangers in nature. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 5, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. […]

Pro-Saving Initiatives: Convert Sick & Vacation Days to 401(k), Auto-enroll Retirement Plans

To say that I was surprised to hear about the recent pro-saving initiatives announced by President Obama today would be an understatement. In the last year, the government has been taking steps to stimulate the economy. To stimulate the economy, you need people to spend money. One of the slickest ways to do that is to reduce the incentive to save, or reduce interest rates. […]

Never Eat Alone: Build It Before You Need It

This is the second of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, August 2009

You may have noticed that over the past few days, Consumerism Commentary has been featuring a number of guest authors. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the cost of funerals, inspired by the passing of my paternal grandmother. My maternal grandmother entered hospice care around that same time, and a few days ago, she passed away. […]

What Do You Plan to Do in Retirement?

This piece from US News details what retirees do all day (basically they shop, relax, and volunteer). It's an interesting read (though not really that meaningful for most of us.) I've detailed what I plan to do during retirement and thought it would be fun to ask you what you'd like to do with your free time once you stop working. What are your retirement plans? […]

My Stock Investments: Stock Picking With Diversification

I recently discussed my investing strategy which involved putting together an investment portfolio that is suited for the part time investor. I’ve mentioned before that what works for you may not necessarily work for others but in the end what counts is that you actually make money using your approach. […]