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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #169

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. George Carlin on work “Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” – George Carlin The people that don’t do this always stand out. 2. […]

Five Quick Questions About Stocks and Taxes

The idea of investing in stocks (outside of retirement accounts) can be rather stressful if you’ve never done it. Just figuring out what to invest in can be really confusing. Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth the risk? When you add taxes to the equation, it can get really, really confusing – and troubling. […]

The Gap Is More Important Than Anything (At First)

Quite a few of the letters in the reader mailbag boil down to figuring out which of two or three options is the highest priority. […]

Feeling Defeated? Here’s How to Rebound

Sometimes, no matter what you do, life will hand you some lemons. It’s really easy to respond to that with a trite “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” but sometimes that just doesn’t work. Things you’ve been preparing for and working on for years have blown up in your face. The big dreams you had for the future are deflating. […]

Reader Mailbag: Teaching Emotion Management

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. Renters insurance 2. Mint and security 3. A question about blenders 4. Network marketing question 5. Yard sales waste of time? 6. Career shift misery 7. 529 plan questions 8. Unhealthy food in pantry 9. 10. […]

Four Frugal Technology Recommendations

Readers often contact me asking for recommendations for technology items at a low cost. They have a use in mind and they just want the item that will fulfill that use at the lowest price without any serious negative drawbacks. Four of these requests tend to repeat themselves quite often, so I thought I’d just combine them all into one post. […]

Best Travel Credit Card for 2017

Summer is almost here and that means we’re about to enter peak travel season. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or looking to travel for business, there’s no doubt that any trip is more enjoyable when it’s paid for with points. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

The clock shift in the spring is almost always difficult on our family. However, this year showed us a great little trick that really helped with the switch. It turned out that Sunday – the day after our clocks moved forward an hour – was a really nice day outside. We spent quite a few hours outside during the day. […]

Walking the Tightrope

I was really affected by this story about Travonn Barnett, a young man working for $10 an hour as a security guard and struggling deeply with his money. When you figure up the numbers, he’s walking a financial tightrope every day. […]

The Distraction Sheet

There are many moments in my professional and personal life when I need to bear down and concentrate for a little while. I need to write an article. I need to do my taxes. I need to finish a book chapter. I need to review my investments. When I’m doing these things, I don’t want to be interrupted. Interruption disrupts my train of thought. […]