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Organic? Vegan? Vegetarian? What Does It Cost?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

A Guide to Selling Unwanted Items

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

Reader Mailbag: Ghosts

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. House now or later? 2. Blender recommendation 3. Long term care insurance question 4. Enjoying music at low cost 5. Protecting a family property 6. Finding the right home 7. Birthdays and charities 8. Keeping food 9. […]

Why the Lottery Isn’t the Answer to Your Problems

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Jeffrey requesed that I discuss “why ‘winning the lottery’ isn’t the answer..” In my eyes, the lottery (as it exists today) is a no-win proposition. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Finger Cut Edition

Yesterday, while working on a propane grill, I cut my finger badly enough that a piece of it was actually removed from my finger. It hurt intensely and it’s left me in a state where I can’t type normally. In other words, if you find that I miss a post or two in the next week or two, that’s probably the reason why. What Happened to Downtime? […]

Handling the Disappointment

For the past month, my family and I had been looking forward to traveling to the Chicago area. We were going to stay for four days with my cousin (who I adore) and her children (which my children adore). We had planned on going into the city to Taste of Chicago and to the Art Institute of Chicago as well as to a great fireworks display. On Friday morning, my oldest son woke up quite ill. […]

A Collection of Useful Resources for Learning about Investing

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Shannon asked “What book/blog/resource do you recommend as a dummys guide to learning about investments? […]

Reader Mailbag: Independence Day

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. Refinance mortgage to add spouse? 2. Scanner recommendations 3. Paying off boyfriend’s debt 4. Investing in bond funds 5. Budget question from Phillipines 6. Financial book for teenager 7. Birthday presents for children 8. […]

Review: Save Big

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. So, let’s be clear right off the bat. When I picked up this book, I had no idea who Elisabeth Leamy was. […]