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Saving Pennies or Dollars? Roomba

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Parent-Teacher Conferences Edition

This week, Sarah and I are going to our first parent-teacher conference, obviously regarding our oldest child. He brought home his first report card, which showed pretty solid progress in almost every area. […]

Approaching Financial Independence

Monica writes in with a great question: I read Your Money or Your Life in 2002 and it changed my life. My dream has always been to be able to focus all of my energies on painting and I realized that if I didn’t actually make that my goal it would never happen. […]

The Real Meaning of Spending Less Than You Earn

Let’s just cut right to the chase here. It means being in control of yourself. Every so often, a reporter will call me and ask me for my best financial advice and I always tell them “spend less than you earn.” It really does summarize the best way for someone to get their financial house in order. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Noodles

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Reader Mailbag: Trick or Treat

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. Will and/or trust 2. Setting monthly savings goals 3. Buying a SUV 4. Geocaching 5. HAMP concerns 6. Credit card to fund Roth? 7. Television as cheap hobby 8. On depressing career track 9. Online personal finance software 10. […]

Review: 18 Minutes

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. If you’ve read The Simple Dollar for a while, you know that I’m a big believer in the maxim that time is money. […]

The Power of Your Boss

When I worked for an employer, one thing that sometimes frustrated me was having a boss. Although we had a good relationship, there were often times where I was instructed or guided toward doing something that either seemed to be way outside of my typical job (and thus way outside of my expertise) or didn’t seem to be an efficient use of my time. Naturally, I did these things. […]

Shifting from Short Term to Long Term Thinking

When I stand in a bookstore (or a clothing store or whatever it is that excites you) and ask myself what I want right now, that’s short term thinking. When I stand in a bookstore and ask myself what I want for my life over the next five years, that’s long term thinking. Short term thinking leads to a better moment. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #44

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Pumpkins Pumpkins are sitting on our front step. Our garden has more squash and similar vegetables than we know what to do with. Leaves are falling from the trees. Yes, October is here. […]