The Simple Dollar

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What Is a Fee-Only Financial Advisor?

Make sure a financial planner’s interests align with yours. If you’re looking for a financial planner, one of the first things you’ll want to know is how they are paid. Financial incentives influence decision-making in even the most critical situations, and your financial planner is no different. […]

Financial Success and Parenting

As Sarah and I roll along the path to financial independence, it naturally has some degree of impact on our parenting. […]

Five Simple Steps to Improve Your Credit

Paying down high balances can lower your debt-to-limit ratio and improve your credit score. Photo: Kate Hiscock A good credit score and solid credit history are the cornerstone of any lucrative credit card rewards strategy. […]

Joint Finances: Why I Share My Money With My Husband

Sharing finances with your partner means sharing your goals as well, which can strengthen your relationship. Photo: Pete Bellis When I met my husband in 2004, he was sharing an apartment with two roommates and I was a poor student with a low-wage job and not much else. The fact that I almost owned my biggest asset — my car — was balanced out by the fact that my husband (then boyfriend) carried aro […]

Joint Finances: Why I Share My Money With My Husband

Sharing finances with your partner means sharing your goals as well, which can strengthen your relationship. Photo: Pete Bellis When I met my husband in 2004, he was sharing an apartment with two roommates and I was a poor student with a low-wage job and not much else. The fact that I almost owned my biggest asset — my car — was balanced out by the fact that my husband (then boyfriend) carried aro […]

Questions About Radio Shack, Pocket Notebooks, CSAs, Eggs, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Fast food after work habit 2. Radio Shack sales 3. Thoughts on micro housing 4. Pocket notebook organization 5. Secret inheritance and executorship 6. Boomers and the stock market 7. Most valuable tip at 18 8. […]

Four Ways to Impress Your New Boss

You don’t have to bring in doughnuts to impress your new boss (although it never hurts). But keeping your desk tidy might make a bigger impression than you realize. Photo: David Wall If you have a new boss, it’s important to start off on the right foot. After all, you want to let them know they made an excellent choice when they hired you! […]

Four Ways to Impress Your New Boss

You don’t have to bring in doughnuts to impress your new boss (although it never hurts). But keeping your desk tidy might make a bigger impression than you realize. Photo: David Wall If you have a new boss, it’s important to start off on the right foot. After all, you want to let them know they made an excellent choice when they hired you! […]

Is Your ‘Business’ Just a Hobby?

Just because you make some money off it doesn’t mean your hobby is a business — at least, not according to the IRS. […]

Is Your ‘Business’ Just a Hobby?

Just because you make some money off it doesn’t mean your hobby is a business — at least, not according to the IRS. […]