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Reader Mailbag: A Day with Mom

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. SmartyPig update 2. Figuring out debt repayment order 3. Buying elderly mom a home 4. NCUSIF insurance 5. Ending naptime 6. Credit card challenges 7. NACA question 8. Splitting regular and Roth 401(k) 9. […]

Review: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

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. The vast majority of retirement books I’ve read focus on maximizing every dollar to actually arrive at retirement. […]

Dressing for Success and Career Goals

I got a great email recently from Marjorie: My husband’s father just gave him a huge speech about how he doesn’t dress appropriately for work and how he will never get promoted or “become a manager” dressing the way he does. My husband is a computer programmer who works with a bunch of engineers. […]

Van Gogh’s Tenacity

Self Portrait (1887) by Vincent van Gogh, image courtesy David Flam Vincent van Gogh spent most of his life destitute. The one woman he loved rejected him. Almost everyone who saw his paintings found very little value in them. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #49

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. Whether the date on the calendar says so or not, winter has started where I live. Snow, freezing rain, the whole nine yards. Winter’s on my mind and that’s reflected in these inspirational pieces. 1. […]

Some Thoughts on Dinner With My Family

For most of 2011, I’ve been posting a regular series entitled “Dinner With My Family” on Friday afternoons. In those posts, I’ve discussed inexpensive homemade meals that my family has enjoyed for dinner. […]

Success in the Margins Isn’t Marginal Success

A few months ago, I wrote a post called “Two Paths to Financial Success.” In it, I outlined how there are two distinct ways to succeed financially. One, which I called “success in the margins,” refers to things like frugality, cutting costs, saving diligently, and so forth. […]

Finding Things to Do That Don’t Involve Continually Spending Money

A reader writes in: “It seems like so many people who write in are caught up in our consumer-driven society, and I think we all struggle sometimes with having “nothing better to do” than shop. Besides contributing to rampant debt, shopping is like an addiction that satisfies boredom, and leads to fake fulfilment and non-productivity. […]

Reader Mailbag: Winter Hands

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. Splitting up retirement contributions 2. Surveys at retail shops 3. Investment or debt? 4. Gum as impulse buy 5. Outsized medical bill 6. Breadmaking tip 7. Avoiding Christmas 8. Savings bonds and student loans 9. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Hot Tub Usage

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. […]