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Five Elements of a Successful Goal (From My Experience)

A little over five years ago, I set a tremendous goal for myself. I wanted to completely overhaul my financial life. I was in a pile of debt. I was working at a job that I enjoyed, but it often felt like it was pulling me both from my family and from my dream career. […]

Reader Mailbag: On Workbooks

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. Car buying question 2. Food business 3. Student loan question 4. Difficult car choice 5. Moving from Mint to spreadsheet 6. Savings or down payment? 7. Homeschooling 8. Overwhelmed by mortgage 9. […]

Review: The Total Money Makeover Workbook

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. Ronald writes in: I really loved your series of posts on The Total Money Makeover. […]

Good Hours, Not More Hours

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about life over the past several years is that your good hours are the only valuable ones. You know exactly what I’m talking about. There are a few hours during the day where you’re revved up. Your mind is clicking. You’re efficient at solving problems. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #22

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. Des Moines Family Music Festival This past weekend, the five of us went to Every Family Rocks in Des Moines, Iowa. […]

Dinner With My Family #18: Baked Salmon with Asparagus

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to cook an excellent meal with minimal dishes to do afterwards. […]

Your Job Is Not Your Life

A few days ago, I had a chat with a friend of mine who is struggling mightily with his job right now. He took a high-paying job with a rather prestigious title at a well-known company. The biggest drawback of this job is that he carries around a company phone and receives calls on it at all hours of the night. At first, this wasn’t a big deal for him. […]

Taking the Long Road

When I woke up this morning, the biggest thing I wanted to do was to just curl up in a comfortable chair somewhere and finish the novel that I’ve been reading for the past several days (A Feast for Crows by George R. R. […]

Reader Mailbag: Filling in Weekends

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. Fundraising for starting a nonprofit 2. Thoughts on tiny homes 3. Financial benefits of marriage 4. Cell phone options 5. Student loan question 6. College savings 7. How I make money 8. High cost of living advice 9. […]