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Reader Mailbag: Quiet Hours

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. “Waskuya” (corn) 2. Illegal income 3. Interest rates and national debt 4. Playing the lottery 5. Managing financial progress 6. Charity 7. How much for retirement? 8. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout 9. Monetizing a blog 10. […]

Freeze Extra Staple Foods (199/365)

Have you ever bought six tomatoes and found that you only really need four of them? Ever cooked two pounds of rice and only really needed one pound of it? This actually happens at our house fairly often. We’ll make a recipe and find that our kids hate it, so they only eat a little and we have a lot left over. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Casual Dress Edition

I enjoy dressing well when the occasion deserves it, but one of the real perks of working from home is the ultra-casual dress I can get away with most of the time. I can work in my pajamas. I can work in a wrinkly t-shirt. Not only are these things comfortable, they also cut down on my clothes spending. […]

Buy Staples in Bulk (198/365)

When you get into the routine of cooking at home, you’ll eventually find yourself falling back on certain staples. Some of them are things that go into almost everything you cook, like a dash of salt or some black pepper. Others are simply key ingredients in a lot of the recipes that you actually make. […]

Money as Security (or Other Things)

Money means a lot of different things to different people. Money can represent potential stuff. It can also represent potential experiences. For some, money can represent power or social acceptance. Others might see money as a corrupting or evil influence. Still others might see money as a tool for promoting social change. For me, though, money is security. […]

Learn to Love Leftovers (197/365)

Any time you throw food into the trash can, you’re throwing money into the trash can. Quite often, that food you’re throwing away is the remnants of a meal from a few days ago. You stuck the remnants in the refrigerator, but every time you went to grab another meal, you overlooked the leftovers. […]

Reader Mailbag: Headache Solution

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. Realities of extreme debt reduction 2. Husband makes more than me 3. Sharing lawn equipment 4. Vegan cooking and recipes 5. Steam sale 6. Unable to save money 7. Walking as exercise 8. Honeymoon or bills? 9. Selling a car 10. […]

Start a Garden (196/365)

Last night, we had ratatouille for supper. For those unfamiliar, ratatouille is essentially a medley of vegetables, cooked together and put in the pan in the right order so that they’re all tender at the same time. You can pretty much put any vegetable you want into it. In ours, we had tomatoes, green beans, onions, potatoes, and various greens. […]

Buying Less House Than You Can Afford

Recently, I was browsing through my journals from early 2007, the period when Sarah was pregnant with our second child and we realized that we needed a larger home. We spent a lot of our time in that period house-hunting. […]

Make Recipes with Inexpensive Base Ingredients (195/365)

Right now, sweet corn season is starting here in Iowa. In the area where we live, you can barely drive five miles without seeing a roadside stand where some farmer is selling ears of sweet corn in bundles. At first, the prices are high. […]