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Consider Camping (341/365)

When Sarah and I visited the Pacific Northwest for our first anniversary, we didn’t stay in a hotel for most of the vacation. We camped, using borrowed camping equipment, first on Mount Rainier and then in Olympia National Forest. When we went on our first vacation after having our first child, we didn’t stay in a hotel for any of the vacation. […]

Confirmation Bias and You

Let’s say you’re worried that your finances aren’t being organized effectively. You’re not really sure what’s wrong, but you have a gut feeling about it. You decide to go to a financial advisor, who tells you that, indeed, your finances are in a bad place. […]

Be Flexible When You Plan Vacations (340/365)

During the last few years of my previous job, whenever Sarah and I began to plan a vacation, I would request time off in a block that was significantly larger than the length of the vacation we were planning. Sometimes, I’d wind up with several days off before the vacation. Other times, I’d wind up with several days off after the vacation. Why would I do this? […]

Reader Mailbag: Questions and Answers

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. Refinancing and personal challenges 2. Winning the lottery? 3. Investing with little money 4. Showing kids what they have 5. Family business and money 6. Energy drinks 7. REIT investment question 8. […]

Do Your Own Travel Planning (339/365)

When Sarah and I were talking about our honeymoon in 2003, we were a little intimidated by setting up our travel plans. It was the first major trip either one of us had taken where we would be responsible for all of the planning, and it seemed like a ton of confusing work. So, we paid for a travel agency to plan our trip for us. They did a good job, don’t get me wrong. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Basketball Edition

A long time ago, I used to play basketball every single day. I’d stand in my parents’ driveway shooting baskets for hours. In high school, I gradually moved from completely terrible to reasonably good. […]

Plan Far in Advance (338/365)

After a few weeks of discussing bill paying strategies in this series, we’re going to shift gears and look at vacations during much of the month of December. Vacations? The kind of things that most people take in the summer? […]

Designing a Lucky Life

“Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey I don’t believe that luck is a supernatural thing that we have no control over. […]

Schedule Regular Bills To Be Paid Automatically (337/365)

As I mentioned yesterday, one of the big advantages of online bill pay is that you can schedule payments on many of your bills in advance so that you don’t have to worry about paying them on time. Online bill pay just fires them off for you at the correct time. Of course, that really only works if you know the amount of the bill in advance. […]

Reader Mailbag: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

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. Help getting out of debt 2. Supporting newly frugal friend 3. Frugal movie night 4. Prioritizing debt repayment 5. Outdoor exercise in winter 6. Managing recipes 7. Parent fearing theft from kid 8. […]