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Overcoming Severe Social Anxiety

Chris emailed me with the following question. I originally planned to include it in a reader mailbag, but I felt such strong sympathy for his situation and others in that type of situation that my answer to him kept growing and growing until I realized that it was a full post all its own. I am 34/ male. I feel very awkward in public. […]

Building Skills for Free

As I’ve mentioned a few times on here, I’ve been taking piano lessons since early February. When I come home, though, my materials are mostly books I’ve been gifted or printed out from various places and I practice on an old electronic keyboard or by walking to a local church and practicing on the older piano in their basement. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Cost of Friendship

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. Balancing limited income and values 2. Getting started with a Roth 3. Balancing social obligations and money 4. Investing for non-retirement goals 5. Economical recipe collections 6. Overpaying for life insurance? 7. […]

Frugality, Usability, and Phone Shopping

About a year ago, I decided to get a low-end smartphone, mostly so I could check and make sure The Simple Dollar was still up and running from the road and perhaps tweet on occasion. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Side Writings Edition

As some of you know, I have an off-and-on side gig writing for OPEN Forum, a website that focuses on small business issues. I mostly write about small business frugality – how to reduce your spending without reducing the quality of your business – but I often touch on other topics. […]

The Family That Saves Together

My four year old son thinks that the way you get a new video game is by trading for it at the used video game store. At dinner time, they both eat exactly what their parents eat – and that’s considered normal, as opposed to making them a special kid-friendly meal that racks up the extra food dollars. My two year old daughter thinks that the best way to get a new book to read is to go to the kids r […]

Why Would a Blogger Write a Personal Finance Book?

Over the past few years, several personal finance bloggers have written books, myself included. J.D. from Get Rich Slowly put out Your Money: The Missing Manual. Ramit from I Will Teach You to Be Rich put out a self-titled book. Just last Sunday, I reviewed a book by Rachel Singer Gordon (a.k.a. Mashup Mom). […]

Frugality and Fear of Health Care

Jennifer writes in: My husband had been complaining about sharp pains in his side for several weeks. A few days ago I had to take him to the emergency room. He stayed overnight for observation and was released the next day with a ton of medications to take. It turns out he has a liver inflammation caused by a bacteria. He’s going to be fine. Here’s the whole problem with this. […]

Reader Mailbag: Birthday Celebration

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. Starting a garden from seed 2. Losing my job next summer 3. Splitting rent and utilities 4. Dealing with a challenging year 5. Time to have a child? 6. Double disabilities: what now? 7. Budgeting and taxes 8. […]

Review: Point, Click, and Save

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. MashupMom.com is one of the better coupon and sale aggregating blogs out there (meaning that most of the content posted is either sales at various stores or coupons for various products). I have mixed feelings about such sites. […]