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Review: Debt-Free U

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. When I went to college back in the late 1990s, my school was pretty much selected for me due to the scholarships I received. I didn’t have any financial resources of my own to help me get into college, nor was the internet widely available and full of easy resources to learn more how to acquire them. […]

An Ode to My Son’s Piggy Bank

About three months ago, my four year old son saw a toy at a store. He mentioned that he had played with it at a friend’s house and that he wanted one. But rather than demanding it this minute, he asked how much it would cost. […]

Some Thoughts on a “Daily Action Pack”

Last weekend, I wrote a review of 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. In that book, the author, Stever Robbins, suggested something he called a “daily action pack.” Here’s my mention of it from the review: For every short-term and medium-term project you have going on (everything less than a few months down the road), perform an action related to that project every single day without fail. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 4, 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 #14: Chicken Pie

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. One of the fun things about the end of summer and the start of fall is that, if you have a garden, lots of vegetables are starting to come in. […]

Frugality and Accumulation

The other night, I watched a couple episodes of the A&E documentary series Hoarders. […]

Musical Bills b/w Treading Water

Katie writes in: The article on budgets was *great.* I’ve long felt guilty for not doing the whole formal budget thing, especially since I always liked and did well at math. (Like you, however, spreadsheets cause my eyes to roll back in my head.) But here’s a question/comment on one bit. You said: “First, this doesn´t work if you´re already spending more than you make. […]

Reader Mailbag: Dream House

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. 401(k) profit sharing 2. Online job application tips 3. Illness and challenges 4. College freshman advice 5. Mortgage decisions 6. Annuities for retirement? 7. Refinancing questions 8. Universal life policies 9. […]

Yard Sale Ethics: Is the Sticker Price the End of the Story?

In my recent post about cultivating your own knowledge for fun and profit, I mentioned that you should hit yard sales, consignment shops, estate sales, and so forth as a way to put your knowledge to work for you and take advantage of underpriced items. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Making It All Work Edition

After the universal positive response to my idea of doing a chapter-by-chapter discussion of David Allen’s Making It All Work, I’ve decided to go ahead with it. […]