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Homemade Gift Series #3: Caramel Apple Jam

A few weeks ago, my wife stopped by a roadside stand where an individual was selling apples. A lot of apples. My wife asked if there were any deals, and the seller told her that he would sell her 8 1/2 pounds of “seconds” (apples that had been dropped and needed to be used quickly) for $8. […]

Seeking Help

When exactly do you know when you’ve crossed the line from a problem you can handle yourself to a problem you need assistance with? That question comes up over and over again in so many avenues of life. […]

Vocation, Career, and Job

Vocation. Career. Job. Three different things that so often seem to overlap in our minds. However, when we let them overlap, we lose something valuable in the translation. A job is simply any situation where you are paid in exchange for your labor. Nothing more, nothing less. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Millennium Trilogy

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. Donating to charities through businesses 2. Advanced board game recommendations 3. School or buy a house? 4. Rapid car loan payoff 5. Dealing with parental yearning 6. Life is not a test 7. Do extra mortgage payments help? 8. […]

HealthMonth, Your Month

Recently, a good friend of mine convinced me to sign up for HealthMonth, a website that aims to turn the self-motivation needed to improve one’s health into a fun game (you can see my HealthMonth profile and goals). […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Family Nervousness Edition

A cousin of mine that I care for very much is coming to visit for several days next week, with her two sons in tow. She’s someone that I cherished when I was younger, but over the last fifteen years or so, we simply were out of touch with one another. […]

Buying with Confidence: Reviews, Trust, and Accountability

A few weeks ago, in the July 2010 issue of Bon Appétit, Andrew Knowlton succinctly summed up the way I feel about trusted and untrusted reviews: If I’m curious as to whether a restaurant is worth trying out or not, I don’t consult sites like Yelp – I ask a friend. That way, I can hold the person accountable. Accountable is the key word here. […]

For a Beginning Investor, the Costs of Investing Can Be Painful

I’m going to make a little illustration about investments using the stock of Verizon (VZ) as an example. On September 18, 2009, a share of stock in Verizon closed at 29.59. In the following months, Verizon issued four dividends of $0.475 per share. […]

A Simple Story About a Jar of Pickles

This isn’t a blockbuster post, just a simple story that illustrates how frugality runs through many aspects of our life. When I was young, my father always had a giant garden. One vegetable that he always grew every year was cucumbers. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sick Daughter

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. Future self and children 2. Blog as passive income 3. Transitioning to self-employment 4. 401(k) rollover worries 5. Repair or replace a car 6. Preserving books while taking notes 7. Preparing for fasting 8. […]