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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #52

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. Little brown packages tied up with string… … these are a few of my favorite things. I absolutely love presents wrapped in brown paper and decorated in a handmade fashion. […]

How to Find Good Stuff at Goodwill (and Other Secondhand Stores)

I’ve mentioned quite often that I tend to shop at Goodwill/consignment shops/secondhand stores for various items. Whenever I mention this, I tend to get a bunch of responses along the lines of this message from Tessa: How do you find anything good at Goodwill? Whenever I go into one, all I find is a lot of junk. […]

A Moment of Serendipity

Lately, there have been lots of stories of people blessed with opportunity using that newfound wealth to help others. A Minnesota farmer gave most of his estate to his hometown, totaling about $3 million. A person in Ohio paid off $8,800 in WalMart layway accounts anonymously. Another “Secret Santa” in North Carolina made a similar move, paying off layway accounts there. These types of things are […]

FedEx Delivery and Your Career

If you’ve been watching the news the past few days, you’ve probably seen the infamous video of the FedEx deliveryman who just tosses a computer monitor delivery over a fence. […]

Reader Mailbag: Lack of Snow

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. Credit card limits 2. Pest control option 3. Returning to work 4. Watching football without television 5. Hint of identity theft 6. Daytime heating and cooling 7. Value of a Kindle? 8. First budgeting steps 9. My budget 10. […]

Five Cheap Shirts or One Good One?

As many of you know, I sometimes buy shirts and other items of clothing at Goodwill, thrift stores, and consignment shops. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Multi-Christmas Edition

My family and I often load up the few days before and the week after Christmas with a lot of visits with extended family, either at our home or theirs. […]

Change for a Dollar

Every once in a while, something just appears out of nowhere and strikes the perfect chord in your life. Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a link to a short YouTube film, Change for a Dollar. Here’s the video. Please, take the time to watch this. For me and for a lot of us, December is filled with spending money on things for others. […]

Does a Basement Greenhouse Really Save Money?

When I was a child, my father used to grow plants in our basement all year long. I remember going down there in the middle of the winter with several inches of snow outside, only to find tons of tomato and pepper plants thriving under an array of grow lights. I remember how the basement smelled like fresh spring while the rest of the house smelled like… well, a winter home. […]

Personal Finance and Intuition

A few weeks ago, I was exchanging emails with a reader (who asked not to be quoted, but said I could paraphrase the conversation). She told me that she makes most of her decisions entirely on instinct and intuition and feels that this is why she often gets into financial trouble. Frankly, I agree with her conclusion. […]