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The Changing Value of Hard Work

I received a very thought-provoking email from Elizabeth recently: I think you’re spot on about hard work, and it’s too often overlooked. But I also think about the changing value of hard work, too. Is hard work worth less now than it used to be? The amount of work we ‘have’ to do to get by or do well is always fascinating to me. […]

Reader Mailbag: Project Planning

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. Buy or sell townhouse? 2. Collection agency debt 3. Figuring out priorities 4. Tithing 5. Thrift store receipts 6. Repossession question 7. Steve Jobs biography 8. Rent versus buy 9. FSA question 10. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Investment Fees

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Naptime Edition

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with a half-hour long power nap in the middle of the day. It’s exactly as it sounds: I’m trying to sleep for a very short period during an energy lull in my day. What I’ve found is that some days it works like a charm and I’m ready to just tackle whatever comes my way. […]

Playing the “What If?” Game

The “what if?” game is a scary game to play, but it’s an important one. What if I lose my job? What if I get seriously ill? What if I pass away suddenly? What if one of my children has a condition that requires constant care? What if my spouse suddenly passes away? There was a time not too long ago in my life where I dreaded the “what if?” game. […]

The Secret Ingredient to Financial and Career Success

There actually is a single secret ingredient to financial success. It’s extremely similar to the secret ingredient for career success, too. Yet so many people overlook it or, even worse, look down upon it. The secret is hard work. I’ll give you a few examples of what I’m talking about. I’ll start off with someone you might not expect: Kim Kardashian. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Salsa

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Reader Mailbag: A Weekend Away

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. Building credit 2. Commuting car for grad school 3. Favorite biographies 4. Moving back to big city? 5. 401(k) rollover or not? 6. Follow-up to Ticket to Ride 7. Homemade bug spray for gardens 8. Preparing for layoff 9. […]

Review: Willpower

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the biggest keys to personal success is found in the title of this book. Willpower. […]

Help! I Don’t Know What Retirement Plan You’re Talking About!

Connie writes in: Roth, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), FERS, TSP – what on earth does it all mean? I know they all have to do with retirement savings, but it’s all just a word salad to me. This is going to be something of a “dictionary” post where I spell out, as simply as I can, what these terms mean and what it means for you. […]