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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Gentrification Edition

An old friend of mine bought a dirt-cheap house in a very rough neighborhood in a large city right after we graduated. He actually lived there, too, and his house was robbed at least once. Fifteen years later, his neighborhood is becoming “gentrified.” In other words, the neighborhood has seen an influx of upscale businesses and wealthier residents. […]

4 Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy a Holiday Weekend

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. With Memorial Day coming up – and with a summer that has a Fourth of July weekend in the middle and Labor Day weekend on the far end of things – there are many opportunities for people to enjoy the freedom of a three day weekend. […]

The Air Conditioning Battle

Summer is approaching (though from the unseasonably cool temperatures here, you could have fooled me) and with the approach of summer means summer cooling bills. […]

Best Business Credit Cards of 2014

You don’t need to have 1,000 employees and a mahogany-walled board room to reap the rewards from business credit cards this year. […]

What’s Left Behind

Whenever a person makes a significant change in their life, some things are gained and some things are lost. Ideally, the things that are gained outweigh the things that are lost, but that doesn’t mean that the exchange was purely positive. When changing one’s life, there are some things that are left behind. […]

Reader Mailbag: Graduation Season

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. Auto refinancing 2. New direction 3. Supporting local businesses 4. “Driving into the ground” perspective 5. Bad neighborhood, cheap rent 6. Ups and downs 7. Credit card debt first steps 8. How is a 401(k) bad? 9. […]

Some Thoughts on Marriage and Financial Problems

Sarah and I argue about politics sometimes. We have different perspectives on a lot of political issues and sometimes that will cause us to have rather vigorous debates on things. […]

Moving with Minimal Money: Nine Tactics for Frugal Relocation

The process of moving from an apartment to our home in 2007 was a big learning experience. We did some things right with that move – but some things we did quite poorly. Since then, we’ve had ample time to reflect on our own move as well as help others with their moving experiences and hear their own reflections. […]

Breaking Down Your Dreams

One of my biggest dreams when I was younger was to have a huge house. When I was a little boy, I used to draw floor plans all the time of a huge house that I would live in. There would be rooms for all of my family members, a giant library, an indoor gymnasium, and many other features. To me, a home like that wasn’t just a fantastic place to live in. It was also a symbol of being a success. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #178

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. Zig Ziglar on changing who you are “You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. […]