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Homemade Gift Series: Wrap-Up (Both Literally and Otherwise)

Throughout the fall, I ran a series of posts on homemade gifts with enough lead time so that interested parties could make some of the gifts on their own if they so chose. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Prepare for the Inevitable

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 20. Prepare your will and your master information document. If you have no dependents, no descendents, and no one who would value having any of the items you possess, you can skip this one. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Longest Night

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. Joint expenses and loans 2. Buying a house right now 3. Keepsake distribution 4. Savings or student loans? 5. Homebuyer’s tax credit repayment 6. Emergency fund size 7. Investing baby steps 8. Underwater questions 9. […]

Review: Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The title of this book convinced me to pick it up at the library recently, but it was the introduction that caused me to actually take it home and give it a full read. The introduction, entitled “Life as a Sucker,” makes the case that society is stacked against individual financial success unless you already […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Get in Touch

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 19. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Develop a Robust Filing System

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 18. Develop a robust filing system. A few years ago, I had a nightmarish time filing my taxes. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 18, 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. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Pantry and Restock It

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 17. Clean out your pantry and restock it. One of the biggest money savers I’ve ever found is simply cooking at home. There was a time in my early adult life where I ate out for almost every meal. […]

How Did My 2010 Resolutions Go?

As 2010 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at my resolutions for the year and see how they’ve gone. 1. Lose 40 pounds Result: Partial success What do I mean by partial success? I mean that I did lose weight during 2010 and made it halfway to my goal by losing twenty pounds during the year. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Put Up Some Passive Barriers

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 16. […]