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What Does “Financial Independence” Really Mean?

“Financial independence” is a phrase often bandied about by people without any sort of consistent meaning. Does “financial independence” mean complete freedom from debt? Does it mean the ability to switch jobs without creating a financial panic in your household? Does it mean having enough money to survive without further income? Does it mean having enough money to thrive and chase whatever endeav […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 9, 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 #4: Homemade Beer

I often brew homemade beer. It’s an enjoyable hobby that allows me to sometimes use items from my garden and gets me deeply in touch with the natural process of making a homecrafted beer. […]

Making It All Work – The GTD Phenomenon

This is the second entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. […]

A Deeper Look at the “Percentage Budget”

One topic I’m frequently asked about by readers is the idea of the “percentage budget,” something that seems to largely come from Elizabeth Warren’s book All Your Worth, which I reviewed previously. In the book, Warren proposes a very simple budget for people to follow, based on percentages of their take-home income. […]

Reader Mailbag: Tomorrow

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. Investment choices 2. Changing one’s mindset 3. Tea Party thoughts 4. Angry at myself 5. Thoughts on interest-only loans 6. Importance of debt-to-credit ratio 7. Free running music 8. […]

Doing the Math on Refilling Ink Cartridges

Many of us (myself included) have an ink jet printer at home for home printing needs. We certainly use ours for lots of things, from printing off forms to making pictures of our children for various uses. It’s also widely known that it’s possible for people to refill their ink cartridges. It’s fairly simple to do, except that different cartridges have different procedures. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Timing Belt Edition

Recently, I had to replace the timing belt on our Honda Pilot. I tried to figure out how to do it myself, but the intricacy of it was just too far over my head, so I took it to a shop instead. This is exactly why it’s good to have an emergency fund. […]

The Value of Reducing Stress – And 12 DIY Tactics for Doing So

60% to 80% of job-related accidents are due to employee stress level. 90% of all diseases are caused by or exacerbated by stress. 60% to 90% of doctor visits are caused by or related to stress. To put it simply, stress is expensive. Very expensive. You pay in the form of lower energy, more illness, more medical visits and procedures, and, frankly, escapism, too. […]

Making It All Work – From Getting Things Done to Making It All Work

This is the first entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. […]