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Reader Mailbag: The “Good Old Days”

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. Self-discipline or habits? 2. Handling job loss 3. Basic blogging questions 4. Graduate school options 5. Handling old medical debts 6. Renting a home in limbo 7. Possibly over-saving for retirement 8. […]

It Adds On To Your Career

If I were to go sell my Honda Pilot right now for a new vehicle, I might drive in a bit more comfort, I suppose. However, that $25,000 invested would have to come from somewhere. I can think of several gadgets that might be fun to have around the house, but they would cost thousands of dollars. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Perfect Diet Edition

The more you evaluate the ins and outs of particular diets, the more you discover that there is no “perfect” diet. No matter what “rules” you apply to your eating, there is always a study or two contradicting it. The only thing I’ve seen that seems to be universally agreed upon is portion control. […]

Robinson Crusoe and Our Journey

This past weekend, I spent some time re-reading a large portion of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe, which you can read in its entirety here. Most of us are familiar with the basic outline of the story. Crusoe is shipwrecked on an island and, after overcoming his initial grief, he manages to build a home for himself using only what he has on hand. […]

Ten More Giant Money Wasters

A few days ago, CNN Money posted an article listing ten giant money wasters. Here they are, in summary form: 1. ATM fees 2. Lottery tickets 3. Gourmet coffee 4. Cigarettes 5. Infomercial impulse buys 6. Brand-name groceries 7. Eating out 8. Unused gym memberships 9. Daily internet deals 10. Bundled cable or phone services Undoubtedly, each of these can be a huge money waster. […]

Integrity and Your Goals

Have you ever noticed that, when you’re trying a new diet or a new exercise routine or new spending habits or some other significant restrictive change in your life, it often only takes one mis-step for the entire program to fall apart? […]

Reader Mailbag: Weekend Switcheroo

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. Car trade-in question 2. Preparing for marriage 3. Used car buyer’s remorse 4. Credit score questions 5. Child cost question 6. College savings question 7. Handling house sale profit 8. Preserving digital records 9. […]

Review: Do the Work

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. A while back, I reviewed Steven Pressfield’s wonderful book The War of Art. […]

Personal Finance and Being a Parent

Yesterday, my oldest son (who is about to start kindergarten in the fall) and I were looking at his portfolio from his two years of preschool work. […]

Handling the First Flush

When I graduated from college, I was lucky enough to have a job that I more or less walked straight into. I had about two weeks off between graduation day and the start of my new job. That new job paid far more per hour than any job I’d ever had – and it was full-time, too. Up until that point, all of my jobs had been part time jobs. The result? […]