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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Taking Things for Granted Edition

It’s so easy to take things for granted in our lives. We have a good thing that lasts and, before long, we kind of assume that good thing will last forever. No good thing lasts forever without some care and maintenance. Relationships. Health. Nothing. You have to give something of yourself to maintain everything of worth in your life. […]

A Calm Response to Financial Infidelity

A version of this article appeared previously on US News and World Report Money. The core of any marriage is trust. You are trusting virtually every aspect of your life to your partner and you reasonably expect the same in return. One of the biggest elements of that trust is with money. […]

The Reality of Earning Money Online

I hear every single day from readers who want to know exactly how I’ve made money with The Simple Dollar or how they can make money doing a similar thing, whether it’s starting a blog or posting Youtube videos or writing ebooks. […]

Personal Finance with No Dependents

I’m in a situation where I’m married and have three children. For the next decade of my life – at least – I have several other lives to be concerned with when it comes to my financial decisions. My closest friend, however, is single. He has no spouse. He has no children. […]

Reader Mailbag: Home Project Weekend

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. Using the company car 2. What constitutes an emergency? 3. Robert Kiyosaki and Suze Orman 4. Higher interest on savings accounts 5. Getting lower credit card rate 6. Awful customer service 7. Move now or later? 8. […]

Don’t Go In!

The other day, I stopped at a gas station with my children in tow. Ordinarily, this would be a simple visit – I’d gas up, pay at the pump, jump back in, and we’d be on the road again. That day, though, my youngest one announced very loudly that he had to go to the potty now. He’s three. […]

Handling Negative Net Worth

The first time I calculated our family’s combined net worth, it was negative. And it hurt. At that time, we lived in an apartment. Our only significant assets were our two cars, which we had loans on. […]

Does Brown-Bagging Your Lunch Really Save You Money?

I was fascinated by this recent discussion at Lifehacker about whether brown-bagging your lunch is really much of a money saver. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #149

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. […]

Compensate for Job Anxiety with Activities, not Purchases

It’s a story repeated in millions of lives across the world. A person is working at a job that they’re unhappy with for some reason or another. That unhappiness isn’t quite enough to push them to find another job or career path, but it is enough to make them feel quite uncomfortable. That person goes home. […]