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Reader Mailbag: Parenting

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. Life insurance question 2. Where do I begin? 3. Paying bills with reward cards 4. Waiting for an internship 5. Settling credit card debt 6. Ignoring debt 7. Podcast basics 8. Turning your life around 9. […]

Review: The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. As I can tell you from about three and a half years of personal experience, money management when you’re self-employed has some interesting challenges. […]

What Do You Have That Others Might Want?

The more answers to this question that you have, the better your opportunities for the future are. No one is going to give you their money or their time or their attention if you’re not giving them something in return for that money, time, or attention. So, what do you have that others might want? Here are some possibilities. Time Do you have the time available to solve the problem at hand? […]

Appreciate What You Have, Don’t Sweat What You Don’t Have

A few days ago, I had a chat with someone in my community who reads The Simple Dollar. During the conversation, he asked me what the one thing I hoped people would take away from The Simple Dollar was. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #38

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. […]

Spreading Out Your Grocery Shopping

Dinner with My Family is on a one week hiatus (which is party explained below). It will return next week. Over the last month, Sarah and I have been experimenting with a longer period between grocery store trips. Prior to this month, we had almost always done a weekly grocery store visit, usually on Saturday but occasionally on Sunday or Monday. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Canning Fruits and Vegetables

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

How to Save for Multiple Goals at the Same Time

Shannon writes in with a great question: I’m trying to figure out how exactly I should save for several goals that I have. Here are the things I want to save for: 1. A BlendTec blender – $300 2. A complete refinishing of the downstairs bathroom – $3,000 3. A vacation to Germany next summer – $5,000 4. A car replacement – $12,000 5. A house down payment – $25,000 How do I prioritize these things? […]

Reader Mailbag: Sick Child

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. Upromise 2. Low interest debt payoff strategy 3. Costs of raising a child 4. Lawyers and starting a business 5. Introducing yourself to neighbors 6. Pet health insurance 7. Converting 529s 8. Getting a different car 9. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Juicing and Blending

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]