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Reader Mailbag: Sickness and Timing

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. Helping partner build credit score 2. Rechargeable batteries 3. Job and heavy course load 4. Renting a mailbox 5. Reading time 6. Thrift clothes for tall folks 7. To sell or not? 8. Car search in new location 9. […]

Automate Your Savings (10/365)

Whenever I find myself with extra cash in my pocket, I’m often tempted to spend it. I usually look at that cash as having already been accounted for, so there’s really nothing bad about spending it on something fun, right? When those thoughts pop into my head, I know exactly what I need to do. I just go empty that spare change into the spare change jug on my dresser. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Election Returns Edition

Whenever there’s a significant vote or election, I find myself tuning into the results the evening after the vote. I’ll visit tons of websites, looking for the latest results and different perspectives on what they mean. The funny thing is that it’s usually impossible to really say what the impact of a vote really is until a long while after the vote. So, why do I tune in? […]

Finances, Opportunity, and the Path of a Little Girl

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth.” – Susan B. Anthony Today, I’m going to talk about my daughter. In many regards, she’s a pretty typical four year old girl – at least judging by her peers. She likes to play dress-up – in fact, we have a dress-up tub in our basement just for her. […]

Keep Track of Your Progress (8/365)

One of the best personal finance tasks I ever took on was building a personal net worth calculator. It was a simple little thing (in fact, I wrote a tutorial on how to build one in any spreadsheet program you have, very little knowledge required). […]

Reader Mailbag: Winter Wonderland?

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. Trading cars before a move 2. Handling an old retirement account 3. State income tax after leaving 4. Student loan repayment plan 5. Unexpected job offer 6. Job change and unfinished mortgage 7. Reconnecting 8. […]

Master the Thirty Day Rule, Too (7/365)

Yesterday, we talked about the ten second rule, which you can use to protect yourself against impulse buys that are well within the limits of your pocket money. We’re talking about things like a pack of gum, an inexpensive board game, or something like that. As I know all too well, though, many of the purchases we make are much larger than that one. […]

Review: EntreLeadership

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’ve written about 250 book reviews on The Simple Dollar since I started the site in late 2006. Along the way, I’ve found a few books that I just immediately recommend for certain topics. […]

Master the Ten Second Rule (6/365)

I’ve been going to the same barbershop most of the time for the last fifteen years or so. We grew up in the same area, so it’s rather fun to catch up with him on things that are happening in our hometown area. He’s a good barber, so he’s also pretty busy. […]