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Internal Success

One of my closest friends is in his early thirties. He lives in an old fixer-upper. He drives an old car and he dresses extremely modestly most of the time. He’s quiet and reserved. If you saw him at the grocery store, you wouldn’t give him a second thought. […]

Be Attentive (270/365)

A romantic relationship, whether before or after marriage, needs care to keep it healthy. Just like any living thing, you’ve got to give it the attention that it needs to keep both members happy. It’s harder than it sounds. Most of us have very busy lives. I know we’re holding down two careers, three children, community responsibilities, housework, and many other things. […]

Reader Mailbag: Caterpillars

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. Why not get an ARM? 2. Value of old information 3. Paperless statements 4. Used camping equipment 5. Sarah’s contributions 6. Odors 7. Tankless water heaters 8. Political arguments 9. Laundry soap for front-loaders 10. […]

Write Love Notes (269/365)

One of the most effective ways to cement our relationship and keep it strong is something incredibly simple that costs almost nothing and is something people have been doing for hundreds of years. I just write a little note for Sarah and stick it somewhere where she will find it later. Usually, it’s not a gushy love note. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Art Edition

The walls of my office are slowly becoming covered in child art. First, I hung up a rather nice comic strip that my six year old son drew. Then, my daughter drew an enormous rainbow heart with the word “Dad” on it and asked me to hang it up. This opened up the floodgates. […]

Take Walks Together (268/365)

All through dating and marriage, Sarah and I have taken pretty regular walks together. We’ll just stroll through the neighborhood we’re living in, looking for interesting things to observe and just talking about life. Even now, we still do this, though our walks often involve three children tagging along with us. These walks are a pretty key component of the success of our marriage. […]

Ten Steps to Mindfulness

A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful, long, and very personal email from a reader. This reader told many stories about their life and made the astute observation that frugality and personal finance success are simply aspects of being more mindful in one’s everyday life. The reader’s question, in the end, had to do with cultivating mindfulness. […]

Plan a Romantic Free Date (267/365)

While we were dating – and after we were married, too – Sarah and I enjoyed a wide variety of dates. We went to expensive restaurants. We went away for the weekend. […]

Reader Mailbag: Morning Coffee

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. Vehicle or credit cards? 2. Handling snobby and rich sister 3. Why not a 30 year? 4. Boredom of being a caretaker 5. To move or not? 6. Microwave cost-effective? 7. Cost-effective home upgrades 8. […]

Give Gifts of Sincerity (266/365)

Sarah and I have been a committed couple for roughly fifteen years, including our courtship and marriage. […]