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What’s the Reason?

As I mentioned several days ago, my uncle passed away. On Friday, I attended his funeral, where one of my uncle’s old friends spoke very eloquently. After the service, I spoke to that friend of my uncle for a few moments. I thanked him for the words he had spoken and we reflected together for a bit. […]

Host a Block Party (293/365)

When Sarah and I first moved into our home in 2007, several neighbors stopped by to greet us and drop off small housewarming gifts. One of them also brought a flyer inviting us to a block party to take place in a week or so. I attended the party (along with our only child at the time – Sarah had another commitment) and found it to be a great time. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #96

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. Simon Bailey on a miserable life People do this far too often. […]

Host a Sporting Event Party (292/365)

Sporting events provide a wonderful and extremely low cost opportunity for social interaction. […]

401(k) From Scratch

Debbie writes in: I’m a 28 year old single mom. I just got a great job as an administrative assistant, one that I was extremely lucky to get. During orientation we were asked to sign up for the 401(k) plan. I don’t know anything at all about 401(k) plans, but I have enjoyed your site for a long time and I love the way you make money issues seem easy. […]

Host a Game Evening (291/365)

Aside from the potluck dinners – and sometimes in conjunction with them – we also host regular game nights at our house. We invite some people over, pull out a few board or card games, and sit around socializing and playing games for several hours. We usually serve food and beverages at our game nights, usually consisting of either a potluck dinner or a snack buffet. […]

Reader Mailbag: Late Night Writing

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. Figuring out fuel efficient route 2. Leaving poisonous family situation 3. Road trip with kids 4. Maximizing retirement without 401(k) 5. Inexpensive board games? 6. Thinking games with kids 7. […]

Host a Potluck Dinner (290/365)

Once every other weekend or so, Sarah and I will invite over some friends for dinner. We usually suggest that they bring something along with them – a beverage, a side dish, a dessert. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Funeral Edition

Early this week, I learned that my uncle had passed away suddenly. His only living relatives were his son, who he was estranged from and hadn’t seen for a long time, and my mother. Whenever someone who’s been in your life since you were born passes away, particularly in such a sudden fashion, you’re left with a lot of questions about life. […]