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Promises, Promises (To Yourself)

Connie writes in with a great question whose answer got far too long for the Mailbag: My biggest problem with money is that I lie to myself. I keep telling myself everything is going good and at first it is. Then I start slowly falling back into old habits but I keep telling myself everything is good. […]

Reader Mailbag: Vacation Monday

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. Help an unlucky friend? 2. Are rent-to-own homes worthwhile? 3. Maximizing value of college 4. Post-graduation options for teachers 5. Secured loan or credit card? 6. Used swimsuits 7. Student loan debt priority 8. […]

Review: The Investor’s Manifesto

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The Four Pillars of Investing, an earlier book by William Bernstein, was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read on investment topics. […]

Nine Thoughts on Personal Finance from America’s Founding Fathers

Let’s celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by celebrating some of America’s founding father’s thoughts on personal finance. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin One thing that I feel is never wasted is money and time spent on purposeful education. […]

Nine Tactics That Work for Starting Food Preparation at Home

Connie writes in: I just moved in with my husband-to-be and we’re discovering that we have very different lifestyles in some regards. The biggest challenge has been food. My husband is absolutely convinced that it is actually CHEAPER for us to eat out for every meal than prepare food at home. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 3, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (June 27 – July 3, 2009) Personal Finance 101: Why Do I Need Credit At All? […]

Summer Meal Series #5: Chicken-Broccoli Crepes

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Hey, look, homemade crepes! OK, before we get going, it should be noted that this meal is pretty much as easy to prepare as you want it to be – and at almost every turn, we chose the more difficult route. Actually, to be more specific, Sarah chose th […]

Getting Things Done: Getting Projects Under Control

This is the tenth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. One of the biggest difficulties in modern life is dealing with projects. […]

Wesabe Shuts Down: What Are the Alternatives?

For those of you unaware of the news, Wesabe, an online personal finance information manager that I quite liked because of their strict security methods, is shutting down on July 31 – at least in terms of their personal finance management tools, as their discussion forums will remain open. In the past, I’ve recommended Wesabe as an alternative to Mint for those (like me) who are very concerned abo […]

Reader Mailbag: Bad Books

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. Planning for future relocation 2. Growing a blog 3. First time homebuyer advice 4. How to grill foiled potatoes 5. Refinancing a vehicle 6. Predicting Social Security’s future 7. Teaching the value of money 8. […]