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Reader Mailbag: Focus On, Focus Off

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. Refinance timing question 2. Encouraging better financial choices 3. Old credit card debt 4. Nostalgia battles 5. Self control and financial drought 6. Risk and living off investments 7. Good customer rewards program 8. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Dishwasher or Hand Washing

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. […]

That “Someday” Thing

Someday, I’d like to finish my fantasy novel, and then follow that up by self-publishing it and promoting it myself starting with an electronic version and perhaps moving to a paper version. Someday, I’d like to move forward on a long-planned series of video reviews of board games and card games that my friend and I have long discussed making and posting to YouTube. Someday, I’d like to spend some […]

Children as Financial Paradox

Karen writes in: I have a question I think it would be interesting for you to attempt to tackle. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Going Below Speed Limit

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. […]

Reader Mailbag: Clock Confusion

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. The price of tea 2. Preemptive computer replacement 3. Retirement account confusion 4. Secret Santa thoughts 5. Infrared heaters 6. Investing in I-bonds 7. Children and television 8. Health and weight management insight 9. […]

Review: The Finish Rich Workbook

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. I’ll be the first to admit that personal finance workbooks never really clicked for me. […]

Online Financial Tools and Security

A long while back (was it really 2008), I wrote an overview of the web-based personal finance tools available at that time. I didn’t really give a strong recommendation to any of them, though I did end up serving as an advisor for a time with Wesabe. Today, Mint.com is clearly the frontrunner in this field, but there are many other services that offer similar financial tools via the web. […]

Some Thoughts about Holiday Cards

As November rolls forward, one end-of-year task that starts floating in my mind is holiday cards. This is usually a fairly time-consuming project for us, but I consider it to be a very worthwhile one. […]