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How Did My 2010 Resolutions Go?

As 2010 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at my resolutions for the year and see how they’ve gone. 1. Lose 40 pounds Result: Partial success What do I mean by partial success? I mean that I did lose weight during 2010 and made it halfway to my goal by losing twenty pounds during the year. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Put Up Some Passive Barriers

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 16. […]

Reader Mailbag: Qatar World Cup

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. Saving for education 2. Consolidating private student loans 3. Gift exchange ideas 4. Buying a minivan 5. Credit report questions 6. Splitting mortgage payments 7. Walking away 8. Finding a credit union 9. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Get a Library Card

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 15. Get a library card and pick out a few books. A few months ago, I wrote a detailed ode to my local public library. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Carols Edition

Over the past week or so, I’ve been attempting to teach my two oldest children a pile of old Christmas carols. Their interpretations are often amusing, particularly because when they’re singing, they both try to substitute in incorrect words to make the other one laugh. There’s nothing quite like the Christmas season. Want to Land Your Dream Job? […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Reduce Your Phone Bill

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 14. Reduce your phone bill. Two episodes in my own life are relevant here. A couple years ago, I cancelled my business phone line and moved to Skype. […]

Homemade Gift Series, Extra Edition: Photo Cubes

This is a last-minute extra addition to the homemade gift series. Sarah and I have gone back and forth for a long while about whether to post this one in the series, but when we showed the items to several people as we were making them, the comments from them were almost universal: “You need to show this to your readers, Trent!” Why didn’t I want to do a post about it? […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Reduce Your Cable Bill

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 13. Reduce your cable/satellite bill. So many people find themselves at the end of a long day, worn out on the couch, mindlessly channel surfing for an hour or two before bedtime. […]

Reader Mailbag: Christmas Rush

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. Clearing off old debts 2. Life insurance and suicide 3. Handling three child seats 4. Various health insurance plans 5. Credit card roulette 6. Understanding employer matching 7. Tax deductible student loan interest 8. […]

Review: Hot (Broke) Messes

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the best parts about writing The Simple Dollar is the opportunity I have to hear from people who have turned their life around due to better financial choices. […]