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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Your Money Matters Interview Edition

This past weekend, I had an hourlong interview on the syndicated Your Money Matters radio show, hosted by Marc Pearlman. You can listen to it on his site or listen to it in iTunes. […]

When Keeping Your Head Above Water Takes All You’ve Got

“It takes all the running you can do just to stay in the same place.” - The Red Queen, Alice in Wonderland I receive piles of stories from readers, but the final question in yesterday’s reader mailbag really stuck with me for a while. I’ll quote it here, so you can read it again: So I sit here writing this at a very challenging job that I enjoy the bulk of, but zaps the life right out of me, and l […]

48 Things Frugality Has Taught Me

Today, let’s do something a little different. I’m going to list 48 things I’ve learned about myself and the world around me that I only discovered thanks to frugality. 1. I really like sun tea. 2. The patience and effort in teaching yourself something new is incredibly rewarding when you begin to succeed at it (like my piano playing). 3. […]

Start

If we don’t start, it’s certain we can’t arrive. - Zig Ziglar One of the biggest themes of The Simple Dollar is goals. I find goal-setting – figuring out a specific goal, writing it down, coming up with a specific plan to get there, and following that plan – to be incredibly empowering. […]

Reader Mailbag: Projects, Projects, Projects

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. Debt snowball questions 2. Cost-effectiveness and breast pumping 3. How much life insurance? 4. Which debt to pay off? 5. Choosing 401(k) investments 6. Saving for nieces and nephews 7. DirecTV arbitrage 8. […]

Review: Be Thrifty

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few weeks ago, I stopped at a local business that was having a “going out of business” sale. […]

The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: The Power of Goals in a Random World

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by reflecting on particular pieces of it that I’ve had further reflections on or particularly excite me, including some elements that were removed from the final draft. […]

Taking Notes

Whenever I’m traveling in new circles or meeting groups of people I don’t know well, the conversation usually turns into discussion of what everyone does professionally. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 14, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Summer Meal Series #11: Turkey Quesadillas

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Most of the meals I’ve shown so far in this series are perfect dinners. But what about the humble mid-day meal, where you just want something smaller and lighter – and something that’s very quick to prepare? […]