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Reader Mailbag: Discarded Post Ideas

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. Bank ignores me! 2. Gold digging or thinking ahead? 3. Encouraging others to think frugally 4. Why saving, not investing? 5. Budgeting software 6. Finding my loans 7. Reordering checks 8. Interest-only loan problems 9. […]

Review: Bait and Switch

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. One of my first book reviews on The Simple Dollar was of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. […]

Managing Money, Time, Energy, and Information: Five Powerful Tactics from My Own Recent Experience

Earlier this month, Sarah returned to her work after an eight month unpaid maternity leave. Her return changed the flow of things around our house. Suddenly, I was back in the position of spending a lot of one-on-three time with the children, particularly during the workweek. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #4

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. George Bernard Shaw on playing “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw I try very hard to live by this idea and include some play in my life every day. […]

Dinner With My Family #4: Bean Burritos

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Here’s what I’ve had for a lunch and for a supper over the past few days: Bean burritos. Very simple. Very inexpensive. Very tasty. […]

Competitive Maxims Applied to Personal Finance

As some of you know, I spent a year or two in my past playing competitive Magic: the Gathering (a card game with organized tournaments), earning enough winnings for the hobby to pay for itself. […]

Planning Summer Travel

This seems rather strange, perhaps, but Sarah and I have our summer plans more or less penciled in through 2015. That’s right, 2015 This summer, we’re going to Seattle. The following summer is a trip to New Orleans with my family. The summer after that will feature a trip to Boston, with the summer after that featuring some extensive national park camping. The summer after that? […]

Reader Mailbag: Sources of Information

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. Buying the next house 2. Starting over from scratch 3. Loan disqualification 4. Starting a business 5. Taking care of Mom 6. Building credit with business cards 7. Stocking my HSA 8. New side business and taxes 9. […]

The Switch to Hand-Bottled Water

One of the more costly (and unhealthy) routines I once had was grabbing sodas out of the refrigerator, taking them into my office, and gulping them down. Not only was it costing my health, but it was also an expensive routine. […]