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The Weekend Restock

In 2003 or 2004, I read David Allen’s Getting Things Done for the first time. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it presents a very novel system along with countless specific solutions for dealing with the ongoing problem of managing one’s time and energy in a modern information-heavy world. […]

Get Involved In Youth Activities (286/365)

A few years ago, when my oldest child was three years old, we enrolled him in our community’s youth soccer league, which actually has a “four and under” bracket. What I couldn’t help but notice when he was playing is that there weren’t enough playing slots available. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #95

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. This week, I helped my children collect pictures of rain for a school art project related to the ongoing drought here in Iowa. […]

Is Good Enough Really Good Enough?

It’s a phrase that’s tossed around all the time when you’re looking at any form of self-improvement, whether it’s financial improvement or otherwise. The perfect is the enemy of the good. It’s a powerful phrase, and it has a lot of good thought behind it. If you make a mistake after a period of making positive moves, that doesn’t mean all your work is undone. […]

Join a Community Organization (284/365)

After discussing relationships the last few weeks in this series, we’re going to shift gears and look at ways to spend your free time without spending money – often in ways with a secondary benefit as well. Almost every town or city you visit has quite a few social organizations of various kinds. […]

Reader Mailbag: Crayons

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. Speaking 2. Financial dishonesty 3. Kindness without spending 4. Teenager without ambition 5. Handling universal policies today 6. Extra school supplies 7. Refinancing house to buy car 8. Paid discount cards? 9. […]

Make Sure You’re on the Same Page When It Comes to Children (283/365)

During the first couple years of our marriage, Sarah and I talked over and over about the idea of having children. We were both certain that we wanted children, but the question became whether it was a real dream or a nebulous dream for the future. Did we really want children right now? […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteer Workers Edition

I’ve been doing some phone banking for local political candidates over the last few months on a volunteer basis, and I’ve learned several things from this experience. For one, one big reason that campaigns do it is simply for name recognition. […]

Show Your Love Frequently Instead of Something Big Once in a While (282/365)

It’s easy to fall back on the big moments to show your partner that you care. You spring for a big gift on your anniversary. You buy flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day. You help the kids create something special on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. The rest of the time, though, can easily be filled with complacency. […]