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Out With The Old, In With The New: Do a Mind Sweep

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. 10. […]

Making It All Work – In Closing…

This is the final entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series. It’s given me an opportunity to think deeply about this book and about some of the ongoing concerns and areas of focus in my own life from a bit of a different perspective than before. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Bank Some Meals

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. 9. Bank some meals. A lot of times, after a long day of working and child care, I really don’t feel like I have the energy to cook a great meal from scratch. […]

Reader Mailbag: Computer Failure

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. When should we refinance? 2. What is rich? 3. Is debt snowballing still valid? 4. Precious metals investing 5. Retiring rapidly 6. Roth IRA ineligibility 7. Uneven estates 8. Where would I live? 9. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Rethink Your Retirement Plan

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. 8. Rethink your retirement plan. If I’ve done one thing right with my personal finances since reaching adulthood, it’s been taking care of my retirement. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bean Soup Edition

As I’m writing this, a big pot of well-spiced bean soup is simmering on the stove and it smells tremendous. It’s just a kit soup, but it was a kit that we picked up for less than a dollar, and there’s enough soup there for everyone to eat from several times. I actually really like such soup kits. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Closets and Liquidate

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. 7. Clean out your closets and liquidate. Even after a few rounds of doing this very thing, our closets are still loaded with stuff. Accumulated but largely unwanted Christmas presents. […]

Making It All Work – In the Real World

This is the nineteenth 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. Much of this book focuses not on the day-to-day actions that fill our lives, but on a broader view of them. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Debt Repayment Plan

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. 6. Create a debt repayment plan. Yesterday, we talked about the usefulness of cleaning up your debts. […]

Reader Mailbag: Charity

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. Studying versus working 2. Student credit card question 3. Dealing with extra income 4. Preparing for job review 5. Pension or Roth? 6. Living frugal versus organics 7. Which debt first? 8. Retirement advice for dad 9. […]