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Cultivating Domain Knowledge and Hobbies for Fun and Profit

When I was sixteen, I bought a cigar box full of 1960s baseball cards for $5 from someone who was cleaning out their mother’s attic. I sold one single card in the box – a 1965 Topps Mickey Mantle in excellent condition – for $200. Several years ago, I was at a yard sale. […]

I Can’t Find a Job in This Economy!

I get a lot of emails from people with the above statement, usually followed by some sort of plea for help. I have a lot of sympathy for their situation. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 28, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Summer Meal Series #13: Ratatouille

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. First, right off the bat, I apologize for the strong green color of the meal in this post. […]

Being Pragmatic About Buying Local

Yesterday, Get Rich Slowly posted an article entitled Why I Buy Local, in which J.D. makes the case for buying from local suppliers, even if the costs are a bit higher, because of the secondary benefits. J.D.’s support of local businesses goes quite a bit further than mine does. […]

A Long Weekend Retreat

Rhonda writes in with a great idea for how she’s going to spend her Labor Day weekend: I’m planning on using my 3-day Labor Day weekend as an at-home retreat (I live alone) to do some short- and long-term planning. I’m about 10 years away from retirement and want to review ‘Your money or your life’ and ‘What color is your paracute? for retirement’ over the 3 days. […]

Reader Mailbag: Shortcut Fixing

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. Higher salary or better benefits? 2. Cheap land lines 3. Moving in with parents 4. Prepaying student loans in forbearance 5. The Hindenburg Omen 6. Post-graduation financial independence 7. […]

Getting Real Value from Budgets

When I reached my financial bottom in April 2006, one of my first responses was to simply start reading a lot about personal finance. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Making It All Work Edition

Earlier this year, I did a very popular series on David Allen’s book Getting Things Done, one that’s still generating a fair amount of email. Given that I personally found at least as much value in Allen’s follow-up, Making It All Work (which approaches GTD a bit more philosophically), I’m wondering if there would be interest in a similar chapter-by-chapter review of this latter book as well. […]

Frugality and Organization

Save everything. Buy in bulk. Find second uses for everything. These are all powerful frugal tactics and they’ll all save you money. I’ll give you five examples. 1. Got an old t-shirt that’s worn out? Toss it into a “scrap cloth” bin and save it for times when you just need a big piece of cloth to clean up a mess or protect something else from getting too messy. 2. […]