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Summer Meal Series #8: Chicken, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Calzones

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. Homemade pizza is a big hit at our house (here’s a picture-filled post about our homemade pizzas). […]

Ten Big Mistakes #4: Blaming Others for Challenges

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes. In this ten part series which runs from July 19 to July 30, I’m going to focus on ten of my worst mistakes and the difficulties and successes I’ve had in overcoming those mistakes. I blamed others for the challenges in my life. If you want to find scapegoats in your life, almost everyone can find a lot of them. […]

Reader Mailbag: Lemon Sour

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. Handling house sale proceeds 2. Helping a declining parent 3. Chasing a dream 4. Moving forward with bad policy 5. Spending choices on children 6. Cashing out stock options 7. Who is Trent politically? 8. Soda 9. […]

Ten Big Mistakes #3: Lifestyle Funded by Credit Cards

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes. In this ten part series which runs from July 19 to July 30, I’m going to focus on ten of my worst mistakes and the difficulties and successes I’ve had in overcoming those mistakes. I spent more than I earned and made up for the difference with credit cards. It started in college. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rainy Days Edition

It’s raining outside. My children want to go to the park. That means it’s time to come up with an indoor solution. That means, of course, that it’s time for an elaborate blanket-and-chairs fort in the living room. Live Within My Means? How? It’s not too hard to live within your means if you just follow one rule: spend less than you earn. The hard decisions of what to cut are up to you. […]

Some Thoughts on Inexpensive Vacations

This past weekend, my family and I travelled to Chicago to visit one of my first cousins and her two children. We stayed at their house and enjoyed a few activities in the Chicagoland area. I had originally planned on doing a Chicago-themed follow up to last year’s article, Frugal Vacation Notes: Great Free Things to Do in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. […]

Reader Mailbag: Abraham Lincoln

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. What is a callable CD? 2. Frugal laptop questions 3. Reducing budgeting stress 4. Adequate insurance for single folks 5. Minimizing post-college debt 6. Rent or sell old house? 7. Retirement calculations 8. […]