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Do Proper Maintenance on Your Furnace and Air Conditioning Unit (168/365)

Your furnace and air conditioning unit are designed to be quite sturdy, but they aren’t designed to run forever. Their biggest enemy? Dirt and dust. Both your air conditioner and your furnace (along with your blower) are in the business of changing the temperature of air and moving this air throughout your home. […]

The Remnants of a Past Life

A few months ago, my parents handed me a small tub of items that they’d found in their home. They had spent some time renovating the upstairs of their home to make it more comfortable for guests and, in the process, they cleaned out a bunch of old things that had been there since I still lived there. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #78

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. Nietzsche on tiredness and focus Most of my mistakes are made when I’m overworked. […]

Install Ceiling Fans in Every Room You Spend Time In (166/365)

Few things feel better than a sudden breeze on a hot summer day when you’ve been outside working on something. The sudden movement of the air feels incredibly good on your skin. Most of the time, though, it’s just hot air moving around a little bit. Your skin might feel cool, but it’s just hot air blowing past it. This works because of a few basic properties of your skin. […]

Insanity and Perseverance

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We’ve all heard that chestnut many times. I’ve seen it attributed to many places: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, mystery writer Rita Mae Brown, the Narcotics Anonymous handbook. The phrase makes a good point in some ways. All of us get stuck in ruts. […]

Clean Out Your Air Vents (165/365)

If you have a forced air heating and/or cooling system like many people do, it might be worth your while to pull the cover off of a few of the vents and peer inside. If you’re lucky, it’ll look pretty clean in there. […]

Reader Mailbag: GPS and Travel

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. Handling new income stream 2. Celebrating debt freedom 3. Car payments or emergency fund? 4. Bang-for-the-buck hobbies 5. Starting no-cash banking 6. Good cookbooks for quick meals? 7. Home sale proceeds question 8. […]

Close Off Unused Rooms (164/365)

My parents still live in the house I grew up in, a small two story house in rural Illinois. My parents share a bedroom on the main floor, where the kitchen and living room also reside. The upstairs mostly just contains two bedrooms and a small “landing” connecting the two. Since it’s just the two of them living there now, there’s little use for them to go upstairs most of the time. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daughter Edition

By default, it’s easier for me to relate to and understand my two sons than it is to relate to my daughter. I was once a little boy myself with a personality not too different than my own sons. I was raised in a household with only brothers, no sisters. This means that understanding and relating to my daughter takes more work for me than it does with my sons. […]