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What Defines Normal for You?

A person’s sense of what’s normal in their life comes from the collection of decisions that they make over time. Sure, we all make some choices that are outside of our norm, but over time, it all averages out. We define ourselves by the choices we make on the whole. A person who chooses to exercise a lot is going to have a different sense of “normal” than a person who does not, for example. […]

“Getting Rich” Is a Code Word

Whenever I go into a bookstore, I usually make a point of stopping by the personal finance section. I browse through the titles and usually take a moment or two to look through any books that I’m not familiar with that might be relevant to The Simple Dollar. […]

Reader Mailbag: Changing Brand Quality

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. IRA or 401(k)? 2. Careers with perks 3. Estate auction question 4. Book for early twentysomethings 5. Selling collectibles to a friend 6. Ending whole life insurance? 7. Low-income long term care 8. Why recommend Netflix? 9. […]

Frugality and Buying American

Mark writes in: “One of my biggest struggles with becoming frugal is that most of the inexpensive items aren’t made in the United States. I used to make an effort to buy as many products as I could from local places and tried to make sure they were made in the U.S. but doing that was expensive. […]

The Future of Cheap Television

A few days ago, at the Consumer Electronics Show, an announcement was made that I think points toward a future, a few years down the road, of very inexpensive television service for anyone, regardless of their interests. World Wrestling Entertainment – yes, the professional wrestling company – announced an online streaming service a la Netflix for $9.99 a month. […]

The Slow Cooker Lunch Cycle

It’s pretty easy to understand the desire to eat out in the middle of a workday. It can be really inconvenient to prepare a meal before you go to work, after all, and many of the meals you can throw together in a minute in the morning are pretty bland. The problem is that eating out for lunch can be expensive, even if you eat at an inexpensive place every time. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #160

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. Dylan Thomas on work and rest “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” – Dylan Thomas I generally feel better at the end of a day when I’m productive as compared to a day full of leisure. […]

The Best Hotel Credit Cards of 2014

Part 4 of 4 from the best rewards credit cards series In Part 4 of this series, I’m writing about the best hotel credit cards. […]

Thinking Negative

We’ve all heard many, many things about the power of positive thinking. Some people (myself included) believe that a key part of being successful at anything is visualizing that success. In doing so, you picture the details of that success, which often helps you a great deal in formulating a plan to get there. It also serves in making that success seem much more real. […]

Distractions and Focus

One of the biggest reasons for mistakes in my day-to-day life is mental distraction. My mind will be floating around, trying to remember several things at once, and just like that, I’ll make a mistake with regards to whatever it is that I was focusing on. I’ll put something in the shopping cart that I didn’t need. […]