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What We Take for Granted

Think about what needs to be in place just for you to read this article. You have to have access to a computer which has access to the internet. […]

Reader Mailbag: Estate Auctions

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. Media mail question 2. Money and teenage son 3. Loan payoff and emotional crisis 4. Rich Dad? 5. Figuring out savings goals 6. Too many goals 7. How poverty taxes the brain 8. Handling promotion 9. […]

The Truth Behind The “Perfect” Dinner Party (or Anything Else “Perfect”)

Not too long ago, I read an article in an issue of Bon Appetit about Mimi Thorisson, who publishes a blog called Manger. The magazine article included quite a few wonderful photographs of Mimi and her family preparing for and hosting a dinner party. (Here’s part of that article.) It looked fabulous. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Overload Edition

As many of you know, I use the online reservation system at my local library to get on the waitlist for new books as they come out. […]

Always Something There to Remind Me

A while back, I was given a “gratitude journal” by a friend. The journal was made up of 365 blank pages, each consisting of a list numbered one to five. On each page, at the end of the day, you were supposed to write five things that you were grateful for in your life. […]

The Curse of Entitlement

All of us feel a sense of entitlement sometimes. We feel we have a right to the best medical treatment. We feel we have a right to a better position at work because we earned it. We feel we should have the larger bedroom because we’re the one who put in more leg work to find the apartment. […]

The Ultimate Guide to Buying in Bulk

Over the last several years, Sarah and I have become reasonably skillful practitioners in the art of buying items in bulk, through trial and error. Our goal, of course, is to save money. A well-executed bulk purchase of an item can save you a lot of money. […]

Reader Mailbag: Never Burn Bridges

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. Determining credit damage to minor 2. Unemployed with kids 3. Helping fix a credit score 4. Stupid ATM charges 5. Taxes on savings bonds 6. Millionaire good financial goal? 7. Handling housework with kids 8. […]

Revisiting the Question of Whether Money Buys Happiness

One point I’ve talked about frequently on The Simple Dollar was whether money can buy happiness. In the past, I’ve subscribed strongly to the evidence proposed by author Daniel Gilbert in his book Stumbling on Happiness where he claims that an income level above $40,000 does not actually increase a person’s happiness to any noticeable degree. […]