The Simple Dollar

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Ten Strategies for Staying Motivated Toward Your Financial (and Other) Goals

Goal-setting plays a pretty major role in my life. Over the last several years, setting and sticking with goals eliminated all of our debts, bought a home, and enabled a career switch – and those are just the financial goals. At the same time, I’ve failed at more goals than I’ve ever achieved. I’ve tried to achieve countless things over the years but found myself falling short. […]

Questions About Multitools, Insomnia, Certifications, Jason Mraz, 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. Inheritance advice 2. Professional certification questions 3. Cheapest healthy foods? 4. Swapping “circles” with friends 5. Time to ditch a car? 6. Too cheap? 7. Frugal insomnia cures 8. Talking to brother about money 9. […]

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Review

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card is simply the best when it comes to accumulating and using points to earn free travel. Not only do you get 2x points on dining and travel, but those points get you 2% off when redeemed for travel on the Ultimate Rewards website. With one of the fattest sign-up bonuses in the industry, your dream vacation might be closer than you think. […]

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Review

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card is simply the best when it comes to accumulating and using points to earn free travel. Not only do you get 2x points on dining and travel, but those points get you 2% off when redeemed for travel on the Ultimate Rewards website. With one of the fattest sign-up bonuses in the industry, your dream vacation might be closer than you think. […]

Inspiration from Isabel Allende, Robin Williams, Emily Dickinson, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Isabel Allende on living passionately, no matter your age From the description: “Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. […]

Inspiration from Isabel Allende, Robin Williams, Emily Dickinson, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Isabel Allende on living passionately, no matter your age From the description: “Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. […]

Simplified Financial Help For All Of Us

We are all looking for financial help in one way or another. Whether it’s getting out of debt, cutting back on expenses, saving more or making more money, the surprise is that the general rules that govern sound financial management are fairly simple. The difficulty lies in getting ourselves to do what is necessary to implement the solution. […]

Using Paprika for Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

Most of the time, I prefer to talk about free computer programs and smartphone apps that are useful for me financially, but today I’m going to make an exception and talk about a paid program – Paprika. (It costs $4.99 for smartphones and tablets and has a $19.99 desktop version for Mac (with a Windows version coming shortly). […]

Using Paprika for Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

Most of the time, I prefer to talk about free computer programs and smartphone apps that are useful for me financially, but today I’m going to make an exception and talk about a paid program – Paprika. (It costs $4.99 for smartphones and tablets and has a $19.99 desktop version for Mac (with a Windows version coming shortly). […]

Ten Steps To Turn Financial Disaster Into Financial Independence

Last year, I was invited to contribute to a collaborative book on personal improvement. Each contributor – there were ten or so of us – was charged with writing a section on one aspect of self-improvement. Mine, naturally, was personal finance, so I started to write a ten step guide to turning one’s financial situation around. Earlier this year, the publisher went out of business. […]