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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #25

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. Daniel Tammet on different ways of knowing We all perceive the world in different ways. […]

Dinner With My Family #21: Stone Soup

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. One of my children’s favorite bedtime stories is the classic tale Stone Soup. […]

Goals, Values, and Methods

In a few years, we hope to pay off our home mortgage. After that, we’re intending to save up for a parcel of mostly wooded land in the country, then we’re going to build a home on that land. We’re both using retirement savings vehicles with the intention of starting to use them the day we reach eligibility, around age 60. […]

Fooling Yourself

One of the first big financial lessons I’ve learned is that you can’t trust your own sense of how good your financial shape is. Almost always, if you’re reflecting on your financial state without evidence, you think that you’re in better financial shape than you really are. There are a lot of reasons for this. Optimism. A need to justify whatever spending move we’re about to make. […]

Reader Mailbag: Rain

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. Capital One and ING Direct 2. Increased used car prices 3. Freelancing for a college student 4. Advance baby planning 5. The optimal mortgage size 6. Eating what you believe 7. Roth 401(k)? 8. Dealing with student loans 9. […]

Secrets of Money and Life Success

Here are some little thoughts and things that have improved my finances, improved my career, and made my life better over the past decade. Don’t throw away your childhood dreams. Find a way to still do them in the spare moments and hours of your life. You can never judge a person by their appearance. […]

Some Thoughts on the Long Term

A few days ago, Donald left a provocative comment on my recent article How to Get Rich Quickly!. […]

The Value of Money

As I’ve mentioned before, the single most valuable personal finance book I’ve ever read is Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. […]

The People Who Do Matter

One of the biggest themes of The Simple Dollar is how you should stop caring what other people think. This is one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done in my life. […]