October 3, 2009

Personal Balance Sheet, September 2009

Now that I am working with an accountant, I have been making some changes to the way I track my finances. By the end of the year, I hope to have all of my business-related finances in QuickBooks. Although I am not quite at that point, I am working to separate my personal finances from by business finances. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 3, 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. […]

9 Things That Are Worth Buying at Costco

By Myscha Theriault We all want to get a good deal when we shop, and warehouse stores are some of the most popular places to make that happen. One of my favorite ones to shop at is Costco. The trouble is, some deals are better than others, especially when large amounts have to be purchased at one time. […]

Bank of Mom and Dad: Could Tough Love Cure Financial Irresponsibility?

By Xin Lu A new show named Bank of Mom and Dad just premiered on 9/30/09 on SOAPnet. This show chronicles parents who attempt to reform their financially irresponsible adult children by moving in with them for a week. With the aid of a "money coach," the parents take actions to reform their spendthrift kid. […]

Never Eat Alone: Social Arbitrage

This is the tenth 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. […]

The GRS Garden Project: September 2009 Update

Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for September 2009. (Here are the results for 2008.) After a long productive summer, our September in the garden was kind of anticlimactic. Sure, we continued to harvest our home-grown food, but neither of us was particularly “in” to the garden this month. It was a chore instead of an obsession. […]

Why You May Not Want to Give Over the Phone

In my post titled Off My Giving List, I noted that I don't give to any charity over the phone. But after reading a comment from a reader, I'm wondering if anyone should ever give via phone solicitation. Consider this: I used to work as a telemarketer for non-profits. We were sub-contractors and the MOST we gave any of our charities was 20%. That's correct. […]