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One Change at a Time

For quite a while on Facebook, I’ve been following a friend’s attempts at getting into better shape. […]

Reader Mailbag: Project Ideas

I have more great ideas for projects than I ever possibly have time to complete. I have a 2004 Santa Fe which is getting to be too small for my family. We have three kids now and plan to make it 4 and 5 in the coming years. (Though not within a year or so for the next one.) It has some minor body damage (scrapes, small dents, etc.) but still runs well. […]

Review: How to Get Rich

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The title of this book alone encouraged me to not bother reading it for the longest time. As I’ve expressed before, I have no interest in being rich. I want financial independence, that’s all, and for me that’s not really a mountain of money. […]

Finding Your Own Value Balance at the Grocery Store

Whenever I go shopping, I find myself with an interesting mix of items in my cart. There’s quite a few generics, quite a few “low cost” name brands, and still some more rather upscale items (like organic fresh foods). Organic baking soda gets tossed in right next to the free range eggs, for example. Why exactly do I skimp so hard on some items but spend so much more on the others? […]

Five Financial Problems We Struggle With

Given all of the things I write about on The Simple Dollar, some people tend to assume that all of this just comes easy for me and my family. To put it simply, it doesn’t. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 17, 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. […]

Does Rewashing Ziploc Bags Really Save You Money?

Mal writes in: I loved your post about how little you save by not flushing. You should do the same thing about your favorite bugaboo, rewashing Ziploc bags! Rewashing Ziploc sandwich bags is something that I’ve joked about being a frugality “step too far” since the first days of The Simple Dollar. […]

My Five Year Goals

One suggestion I frequently give to readers who write in unsure what to do with their money is to plot out some long term goals. The big question I usually ask them to think about is where would you like to be in five years? Over the last few months, my wife and I have done some soul-searching with regards to that very question in our own lives. […]

Do You Really Save Money By Not Always Flushing?

Jennifer writes in: My husband grew up in an area that often had summer droughts and water rationing. Because of that, he was trained as a child to stick to the “if it’s yellow let it mellow if it’s brown flush it down” mantra. We’re married and live in an area that doesn’t have any water issues at all. In fact, we live near an immense reservoir. […]

Reader Mailbag: Taxes

Today is the official due date for federal income tax returns in the United States. It’s also the due date for the first quarter of estimated taxes for those of us who are self-employed or run small businesses. Thus, for a lot of us, April 15 is the most expensive day of the year. It certainly is for us – we had to pay in on our returns and pay the quarterly estimated tax. Ouch. […]