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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Politics Edition

Because some aspects of personal finance overlap with politics, I’m often asked what my political views are, particularly on specific issues. I usually don’t feel comfortable doing that, for several reasons. First, I usually see benefits on both sides of the issue. Often, my feelings on a specific issue have more to do with me than it has to do with the merits of an issue. […]

Downgrading Your Job Without Downgrading Your Life

In March 2008, I walked away from a great job into a writing career path that, at the time, paid me about 50% of what I was making at my previous job. To a lot of people in my life, this seemed like an amazingly difficult step. That move reduced our monthly household income (at the time) by about 30% and seemingly did away with a great deal of job security. […]

“What Kind of Weirdo Makes Their Own Toothpaste?” A Case for Making Your Own Things

Yes, that quote in the title came from a reader who apparently stumbled upon the site in the last week for the first time and felt the desire to write to me expressing his feelings that no one in their right mind would do some of the things I’ve suggested on here over the years, from making your own oatmeal packets to making your own laundry detergent. On the other hand, I find a ton of value in a […]

Out of Control

This past week, I had a wonderful exchange with Maggie, an administrative assistant at a Fortune 500 company. In one email, Maggie said the following, which I found quite compelling. The rest of my life feels completely out of control. My children are demanding, as are my bosses, and the demands change all the time. […]

Reader Mailbag: Parental Visit

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. Buying a car 2. Life insurance when uninsurable 3. Consolidating accounts 4. Selling homemade items online 5. Investing down payment 6. Credit card conundrum 7. Psychological blow of mistake 8. […]

Review: Early Retirement Extreme

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. It was the subtitle of Jacob Lund Fisker’s Early Retirement Extreme that convinced me to pick it up. […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #8: Bank on Autopilot

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #7: Who Do You Love?

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. At the low point of my personal finance situation, I spent a long night sitting with my infant son in a dark room, wondering what would happen next. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #8

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. Vidal Sassoon on success and work This is a great little quote. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. […]

Dinner With My Family #7: Spaghetti di Pesto alla Genovese

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. I love Italian food. […]