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Money and Basic Math: Some Thoughts and Six Quick Tips

Lately, I’ve been reading the very enjoyable book Stop Getting Ripped Off by Bob Sullivan of The Red Tape Chronicles (a full review will come in a week or two). The first section of the book discusses at length how people are often stymied at personal finance due to basic math skills. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 10, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (July 4 – July 10, 2009) How Low Can You Go? […]

Summer Meal Series #6: Simple Homemade Pasta and Pizza Sauce

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. Today’s meal looks like a simple pasta… … and it is, except that we do something a little different than most people seem to these days. You see, we’re pretty picky about our sauce. […]

Getting Things Done: The Power of the Next-Action Decision

This is the twelfth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. One key theme in this book is the importance of coming up with a “next-action” list, which is essentially a “to-do” list. […]

Some Thoughts on DINKs (Dual Income, No Kids)

A couple weeks ago, I posted some links to a discussion concerning whether it was smart or selfish to not have children, as well as a response to that issue. Since then, the whole matter has stuck in my head. Is it smart or selfish to have children? […]

Reader Mailbag: Singing Bedtime Songs

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. Borrowing against life insurance 2. Splitting a property 3. Bankruptcy and loan modification 4. Tracking weight loss 5. How much down payment? 6. Helping someone drowning in debt 7. Spousal disharmony and debt repayment 8. […]

The Simple Dollar Is in Bookstores Today… And Here’s Some Free Bonuses for Buyers!

My new book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams, is now available in bookstores (I just saw it at a Barnes and Noble in the Des Moines, Iowa area and at the Borders in Ames, Iowa)! […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Link Choice Edition

A fellow blogger wrote to me asking me how I go about choosing the articles I include in my weekly roundup each week. What I basically do is read a lot of blogs and news sites throughout the week (including ones that bloggers send to me) and bookmark articles that made me think. […]

Getting Things Done: The Power of the Collection Habit

This is the eleventh entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Allen concludes the book with three short chapters discussing the power of various aspects of the GTD system. […]

Making Your Time Less Money-Dense

One of the biggest ways to leak money is to spend your time in money-dense ways. The easiest way to explain it is to just show you a bunch of examples. Spending eight hours at Disney World with the requisite food, drink, and souvenir purchases costs about $200. The cost per hour of this event is $25 per hour. […]