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Degrees of Want

I received an iPod Touch as a Christmas gift in 2008. Since then, I have used and absued the thing at a level perhaps beyond what Apple ever intended. I’ve used it as a constant pocket notebook. I’ve used it as a podcast and music player every time I go on a walk (usually several times a week). I also use it as a pedometer to help record my exercise. […]

Reader Mailbag: Cold

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. Building website skills 2. Which credit counseling service? 3. Serious mortgage trouble 4. Thermostats, nighttime temperatures, and kids 5. Shady credit union practices 6. Direct stock purchasing 7. Frozen interest rates? 8. […]

Review: Conquer the Chaos

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Here’s the flat-out truth about running a small business: you, the business owner, are where the buck stops. Period. Small businesses are a great way to start earning more money, but they’re not easy. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to clean it up. […]

Subconscious Connections

Open up one of your favorite magazines. Turn to a full page ad for a product – any product. Look at it carefully for a minute. What do you see? Fire up your television. Fast forward through the commercials (I know many of you can). Think about the flickering images that still made it through. […]

Should I Buy Now, or Should I Wait for Better Features at a Lower Price?

This is one question that, in some form or another, keeps popping up time and time again in all sorts of contexts. Should I buy a computer now, or should I wait for prices to come down? Should I buy a new television now, or should I wait for the bigger screens to become available? From cars to cell phones to woodworking equipment, these questions are asked about major purchases that many of us mak […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 16, 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. […]

Homemade Gift Series #5: Wine Jelly

“Not everyone will like the caramel apple jam,” Sarah commented to me after we made it. As much as I liked it, I knew she was right: it was very sweet and lacked the tartness that I often crave in my jellies and jams. So we decided to make another jelly/jam, this time doing something decidedly different: wine jelly. What’s “wine jelly”? […]

Making It All Work – The Fundamentals of Self-Management

This is the fourth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Time management. Money management. Health management. Management of your stuff. Relationship management. […]

Reader Mailbag: New Format

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. Extra mortgage while underwater 2. Homemade pet food 3. How does a mortgage work? 4. Thoughts on franchising 5. The future of Berkshire Hathaway 6. Writing about an employer 7. Switching careers and emergency savings 8. […]