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Summer Meal Series #7: Tuna, Vegetable, and Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

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. I love tuna. It’s a wonderfully light fish with a distinctive flavor that works well in summer meals. […]

Getting Things Done: Five Key Things

This is the final entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. […]

Putting the Simple Back In

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. - Charles Mingus One of the biggest challenges I have in my life is balancing the simple and the complex. I tend to oscillate back and forth between the two. What usually happens is that I’ll have a period that’s simple for a while. […]

Reader Mailbag: How Many Questions?

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. Replacing cable 2. Do-it-yourself wills 3. My no-generic items 4. Money goals after retirement 5. Tipping tip 6. Frugality and building relationships 7. 401(k), Social Security, and taxes 8. Selling a used car 9. […]

The Obligations of Wealth

Connie writes in (I edited her question a bit to protect privacy): I recently married a business owner who had a net worth of around $10 million before we got married. He has lived in the same medium-sized town all of his life and has kept many of the same friends since his school years. Lately, though, he has noticed that a lot of them seem resentful of him. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Dealing With Stress Edition

How do I deal with stress? My best way of dealing with stress is to be active, not to be passive. I’ve found that every time I respond to stress in my life by just sitting around or doing nothing, it just makes the stress worse. […]

Getting Things Done: The Power of Outcome Focusing

This is the thirteenth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. […]

It Doesn’t Matter What Your Position Is Right Now, You Can Do Better

An obviously upset Sam writes in: You think your world is all rainbows and puppies. Guess what? Karma will eventually bite you in the [rear]. Seven months ago I got fired from my job for no fault of my own the company was going under. Now I cant pay my bills and Im going to lose my house. […]

When Partners Don’t Cooperate With Setting Goals

Yesterday, I posted an article about setting goals with your partner. In the comments, Brittany left a wonderful question that I felt deserved a post all its own: What if you have your shared goals, but one partner doesn’t have the financial gumption to see it through? I’m not married, not even engaged, but I’m in a relationship that looks like it might be heading for the long term. […]

Reader Mailbag: Notes and Some Questions on the “Getting Things Done” Series

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. GTD and privacy 2. Planning for a long trip 3. GTD and prioritizing 4. Overcoming jaded partner’s money attitudes 5. GTD and daily routines 6. Hopping into an IPO 7. Reporting a tiny income 8. Stagnant savings 9. […]