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Consider Traveling for Surgeries or Other Medical Care (223/365)

For most of us, medical care starts with our primary care physician. We visit the doctor, he or she refers us to a specialist if needed, we go to the specialist if needed, and we receive the care we need. The problem with this equation is that it just assumes that the best bargain available in health care is the one closest to you. Is it providing the best quality? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #86

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. Margaret Heffernan on daring to disagree Most people avoid disagreement because it’s uncomfortable and might lead to hurt feelings or arguments. […]

Talk to Your Doctor about Independent Steps (222/365)

Whenever people go to the doctor for an ailment, they often expect to walk out the door with a prescription in hand. Ideally, that prescription will help treat the problem. Unfortunately, prescriptions aren’t always the magic answer you need. Prescriptions often address symptoms, not the underlying cause. […]

28 Great Books You Can Read For Free

A few years ago, I received a Kindle as a gift from my wife. It’s a pretty nifty little device, perfectly designed for reading the text of books. The problem is that in order to read a lot of books, you have to buy them from the Kindle bookstore. […]

Schedule Regular Medical and Dental Checkups (221/365)

Most medical insurance packages cover regular medical and dental check-ups for the people that they cover. Even though there’s nothing wrong at all with the person under insurance, the insurance company will still cover the cost of that person getting a check-up on a regular basis. Why? […]

Reader Mailbag: Old School

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. Smart phones and grocery flyers 2. Building connections at conferences 3. “Culture” and home value 4. How much is “better” worth? 5. Maximum mortgage payments? 6. Income inequality idea 7. Dollar coin? 8. […]

Sleep More (220/365)

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the average adult should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. For a long time, six to six and a half hours was a pretty typical night for me. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Travel Edition

Over a three-and-a-half week period, our family is jamming in a trip to northern Iowa/southern Minnesota, a trip to Seattle, a trip to Chicago, and a trip to Indianapolis. This means a lot of traveling. A lot of time spent in cars. A lot of time spent sleeping away from home. A lot of children taken out of their daily routine and thus a bit cranky. A lot of time spent on bathroom breaks. […]

Eliminate Smoking and Minimize Drinking (219/365)

Whenever you consume something, it has some cost. In the immediate sense, you have to pay for what you just consumed. You bought the beverage, you bought the food, and so on. […]

Should I Give My Adult Children Cash Gifts?

Monica writes in: Some of your recent articles have touched on an issue that has really troubled me for a while. I have two children, both in college. […]