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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #68

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. I spent significant time this week finding quotes on the value of work for a presentation I may be giving in a few weeks. […]

Learn Basic Sewing Skills (96/365)

You lose a button off of your favorite shirt. What do you do? Your son receives a pair of pants where the length and fit is perfect but the waist is just too loose. What do you do? You accidentally rip the hem out of a really nice shirt, leaving it looking raggy. […]

How We Plan for a Summer Vacation

A few days ago, I mentioned that my family and I are going on a summer vacation to South Dakota and eastern Wyoming, where we intend to see Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore, and several other things in the area. Several people wrote to me after that post asking for details on our trip planning. […]

Don’t Wash Clothes That Aren’t Dirty (95/365)

At the end of the day, when I’m changing clothes and getting ready for bed, one thing that I always do is examine the shirt and pants I’ve just removed. I look them over for obvious signs of dirt or stains or other indications that a cleaning is in order. […]

Reader Mailbag: That Old Familiar Song

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. SAHM finding work again 2. Spouse’s collection habits 3. Prenup concerns 4. Prenup concerns, part two 5. Anger management? 6. Thinking about value of money 7. Paying down a credit card 8. Replacing household items 9. […]

Don’t Buy Clothes Simply for the Emotional Rush (94/365)

This is one of those useful general tactics that spreads far beyond shopping for clothes and extends to almost anything you might buy. Never, ever buy items just for the emotional rush of doing so or the “high” of having something new. There was a period of about two years in my life where I was obsessive about my wardrobe. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteerism Edition

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, spring’s arrival means that my volunteerism goals are starting to kick into shape. […]

Sell or Donate Clothes You No Longer Wear (93/365)

Over time, our life situation changes. We change jobs or even change careers. We gain some weight or perhaps lose some weight. Our complexion changes, as does our hair color. Our color preferences and tastes change as well. Eventually, you’re going to wind up with items of clothing that you don’t wear. […]

In Praise of Jobs

I recently had a long exchange with a reader who felt that I was giving poor advice when suggesting that people start a side business or find ways to become self-employed, whether part time or full time, by following up on something they’re passionate about. […]

Rotate Clothes Seasonally (92/365)

Rotating clothes seasonally? This is something many of us already do anyway. After all, heavy winter shirts don’t fly in the summer, and I’d freeze to death in some of my thinner warm weather shirts if I wore them in the heart of winter. If you’re doing this already, congratulations. […]