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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim because it was grassy and wanted wear; though as for that, the passing there had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally la […]

Personal Philanthropy: Twenty Ways to Improve the World, Even If You’re Broke

So often, people assume that charity and philanthropy mean stretching an already-tight budget even further. “If I donated $100 to the food kitchen, I’d have to start using the food kitchen!” goes the common train of thought. (That’s not to say that donating money isn’t useful – it certainly is.) Money can often be a very tight resource, but it’s far from the only resource you have. […]

Summer Meal Series: Six Lessons for Efficient Cooking at Home

I’ll start off with what everyone will probably want to use this post for in the future – an index of all of the “Summer Meal Series” posts, as well as last summer’s “How Low Can You Go” meal series and a few other meal posts before that. The Recipe Collection Here are all of the “visual” recipes I’ve posted on The Simple Dollar over the years. Summer Meal Series 1. […]

Reader Mailbag: The “Making It All Work” Series

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. Stuck between goals 2. Dealing with partner’s student loans 3. Preparing for involuntary job loss 4. Replacing a vehicle 5. Jack of all trades 6. Using sleep as “mental downtime” 7. Buy house or attack debt? 8. […]

Review: The Art of Non-Conformity

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Reviewing a book like this is a difficult challenge. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau is one of those books that’s intentionally narrowed its audience. […]

Meditation, Prayer, and Personal Finance

Once or twice a day, I go into my bedroom, turn down the lights, lay on the bed, and look up at the ceiling. I start off by reflecting on a small handful of things that have really brought me significant joy in the past few days. After a few minutes of that, I focus entirely on emptying my mind for a while, and once that’s done, I just drift without anything in my mind. […]

The Danger of Assumption

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a guy who had a large scar on his neck that looked like a swastika. The man had it partially covered with a turtleneck on a hot day. I could have easily assumed that he was a “scary” member of a fringe group, but I was sitting next to him and said hello anyway. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 11, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Summer Meal Series #15: Butternut Squash and Carrots with Coconut Milk and Curry

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. We’ve reached the end of this series, my friend, and so I decided to finish it off with a dish that bridges right into fall meals quite well. […]

Now’s the Time to Stop (or Alter) a Christmas Gift Exchange

Each Christmas, a lot of people find themselves in gift exchanges that they don’t really want to participate in. They end up buying gifts for people that they don’t have a close relationship with. They’re obligated to spend more money than they’d like on certain gifts. Sometimes, they’re guilted into it by the expectations of others at their Christmas parties. No more. […]