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Creating New Routines

My two year old is struggling with potty training. He knows what he’s supposed to do in the bathroom and he’s pretty happy when he does things properly. His challenge is that he doesn’t even think about it when he’s focused on playing or having a book read to him. […]

Swap Your Used DVDs, CDs, and Books Online (181/365)

For years, I’ve been trading books online using PaperBackSwap. It’s such a wonderful service that’s fueled a lot of my reading over the past five years or so. When I first signed up for the service, I swapped a ton of books. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #80

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. This week, I’m going to include some of my favorite photos and locations from my recent trip to South Dakota. 1. […]

Shop for Used CDs, DVDs, and Books (180/365)

Everyone who has read The Simple Dollar for long knows that I’m an avid reader. I will read multiple books in a typical week. Because of that, I’m going to use books as an example in the description below, but the entire thing holds true for other types of media – CDs, DVDs, etc. […]

Free and Inexpensive Things to Do in South Dakota

Recently, I took a weeklong vacation to South Dakota with my wife, my children, and my parents. As always on such trips, Sarah and I try to look for the value. What things did we discover on the trip that were really enjoyable that were also free or nearly so? […]

Dig Through Your Media Collection (179/365)

As we were getting ready for our last move, Sarah and I boxed up most of our DVD collection. It fit pretty nicely into a few moving boxes, so we loaded it on the truck and left. Because we were so busy with the move (and dealing with the arrival of a new baby a little over a month later), we didn’t pop open those boxes for quite a while. […]

Reader Mailbag: Audio and Distractions

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. Student loan struggles 2. Highlights of South Dakota 3. Air conditioning debate 4. Is internet stuff “free”? 5. Loan options 6. Starting online businesses 7. Tithing question 8. Multiple credit cards 9. Improving memory 10. […]

Start a Natural Collection (178/365)

When we were recently vacationing in South Dakota and Wyoming, Sarah and I spent a lot of time looking at rocks. We would walk along trails and stop along the roadside just to look for interesting rocks. We found a few with deep red hues and we also picked up a gorgeous piece of rose quartz. (Don’t worry, we didn’t pick up any rocks in state or national parks or other restricted areas. […]

See What Your Local College or University Has to Offer (177/365)

One of my favorite things about college was the public lectures and presentations by interesting people. During my years, I heard fascinating talks from scientists and politicians and entrepreneurs. The university would hold these on a central building on campus and just throw open the doors for everyone. You didn’t have to be a student or faculty member to attend these lectures. […]