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The Temptation of “Best of the Year” Lists

During December, “best of the year” lists pop up all over the place. The best books of the year. The best albums of the year. The best movies of the year. […]

The Plastic Mind

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. […]

What’s Your “Frugality Tastefulness Line”?

A few weeks ago, I was riding shotgun on a lengthy road trip with a friend of mine when we made a stop at Taco Bell. We ordered our food and sat down when I noticed that he had a small mountain of sauce packets on his tray. I asked him whether his burrito was going to wind up swimming in sauce and he just smiled. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #155

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. Branch Rickey on luck “Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey Branch Rickey was the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who signed Jackie Robinson and brought him into the major leagues. […]

Car Insurance: Is Liability or Comprehensive Coverage Right for Me?

When you’re shopping for car insurance – something that’s a legal requirement in most areas when you own a car – one of the biggest questions that comes your way is whether or not you should have liability coverage or comprehensive coverage on your automobile. Liability coverage is usually cheaper, but comprehensive coverage covers more. […]

Finding Valuable (and Inexpensive) Ways to Connect with My Children

One of the most powerful parts of parenthood is the fact that you get to watch your children grow and change over time. They start off as babies, where the bonding is easy. […]

Reader Mailbag: Financial Reality in Popular Music

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. Smartphone recommendation 2. Making money at trading stocks 3. Sorting out different savings goals 4. Awful returns in Roth IRA 5. Rent or buy in Miami 6. Amazon Mom? 7. Odd banking experience 8. Time management failures 9. […]

Re-Establishing Trust After Financial Infidelity

It happens in many relationships. One partner makes a spending mistake or another financial mistake (or two… or more…) and chooses to hide the evidence for that mistake from the other partner. Most of the time, that mistake just fades away over time. Sometimes, though, it all blows up. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: 3-D Snowflake Edition

As many of you know, I’m usually sitting here waiting when my children get off of the school bus each day. Many days, I try to have some sort of project or activity for them to do (admittedly, some “projects” are better than others). One thing we’re going to do this week is one of my favorite homemade Christmas decorations – the 3D snowflake. […]