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Relieving the Symptoms Versus Curing the Disease

One beautiful spring afternoon in 2006, I realized for the first time that not only did we not have enough money to pay our bills, but that our family was headed in a decidedly negative financial direction. We were accumulating debt. […]

The Single Most Powerful Way to Avoid Repeating Mistakes

Every single one of us makes mistakes. We sleep in too late. We forget to call someone. We spend more money than we should. We eat a ridiculously unhealthy meal. We don’t put in full effort at work. We forget an appointment. Whenever I make a significant mistake, two things happen. First, I have to deal with the consequences of the mistake. I have to make things right, in other words. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #148

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. Ashley Montagu on dying young “The idea is to die young as late as possible.” – Ashley Montagu This seems like a good plan for life. 2. […]

No Income Taxes? Multi-Level Marketing? Hedging Against the Dollar? Beware.

I get a lot of email from readers. Most of them are from people either writing to comment on an article privately or to ask a question for the reader mailbag. Some, though, write in to encourage me to post an article on a certain topic. Sometimes, it’s because they want to promote a product. […]

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. […]