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Do Something Different

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” – Ralph Waldo Emerson People often ask me why I seem to enjoy frugality so much. When I tell them the real reason, they usually don’t believe me. The real reason is that I find doing the same thing over and over again boring. […]

Rethinking a Hobby

Kevin writes in: I love what you write about keeping your hobbies and interests, but I have a bit of a different problem. When I was a teenager, I found a lot of solace in comic books. I like how they presented a world that wasn’t completely soaked in moral ambiguity and that good people generally came out on top, something I didn’t often see in my real life at the time. Now, I’m 31. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #41

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. Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing Why do we make the choices we make? If we’re trustworthy decision makers, why do we often second guess our choices? […]

Dinner With My Family #35: Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps

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. This week’s goal was simple. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Riding a Bicycle

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. […]

A Dose of Financial Reality

Anna writes in: I’m amazed at how many people who write into your mailbags have enormous student loan debts and mortgages. […]

Reader Mailbag: Ankle Twist

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. Retirement savings on smaller income 2. Focusing on health 3. Digging through debts 4. Getting started in book publishing 5. Trading board games by mail 6. Repeat material 7. A cavalcade of problems 8. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Cleaning Wipes

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: Simple Pleasures Edition

Drinking a glass of cold water when you’re thirsty. Tossing a Frisbee back and forth with your children. Holding your wife’s hand while you’re both enjoying watching a movie. Getting into bed after a long day. Many of the best pleasures in life are very simple ones. My Kid Flooded Our Home. What’s the Worst (Most Expensive) Mistake Your Kids Have Made? […]

Some Thoughts on Rewards Cards

Almost every day, I’ll get an email or two from a reader wanting me to evaluate a particular credit card with a rewards program associated with it. “Is the Chase Amazon card a good deal?” “Does that Target Visa really pay off?” “Is the points program on this card better than the points program on this other card?” Here’s the deal: the same exact set of ideas govern how I would answer all of these […]