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Deciding When It’s Okay to Spend Money

Earlier this week, Sarah and I stopped by one of the Borders “Going Out of Business” sales and browsed through the decidedly picked-over book selections there. At the one we visited, roughly half of the store’s stock had been sold, which meant that you had to really look around for deals in the remaining books on the shelves. We left the store with four books. […]

Don’t Just Know, Do

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Simple Dollar, like any worthwhile internet resource, is about knowledge. The entire purpose of the site is to get your mind thinking about your money, your time, and your career. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #33

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. Randy Pausch on time management An awful lot of people have seen Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture,” but I actually found his talk on time management to be at least as compelling. Every moment is a choice. […]

Dinner With My Family #29: Grilled Fish Fillets with Tomato and Corn Relish

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. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Brown-Bagging Lunch

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Emergencies and Irregular Expenses

Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from a reader that goes something like this… This month, my annual insurance bill came due and I couldn’t make ends meet. I cleaned out my emergency fund. Then, at the end of the month, my car broke down. What’s the point of having an emergency fund? […]

Reader Mailbag: Looking Forward

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. Keeping whole life insurance 2. Life choices and student loans 3. Adding spouse to property title 4. Should mom file for bankruptcy? 5. Student loan worries 6. Career balancing money and passions 7. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: School Days Edition

My oldest child starts kindergarten tomorrow. Our next child starts formal preschool tomorrow, too. They were babies just a short time ago, but they’re now progressing into the world, moving into their own independence. […]

Why We Save

My five year old son is saving diligently to own a Nintendo DS Lite video game system. One of his cousins gave him a baggie with several games that would be playable on that system and he’s longing to play them, so he’s been saving. That system, new, costs $100. We can find reliable used ones with a warranty for $60 (sometimes) or $70 (most of the time). […]