The Simple Dollar

Simple, applicable personal finance advice for the modern world.

Profile of The Simple Dollar

Latest Posts from The Simple Dollar (page 298)

A Simple Story About a Jar of Pickles

This isn’t a blockbuster post, just a simple story that illustrates how frugality runs through many aspects of our life. When I was young, my father always had a giant garden. One vegetable that he always grew every year was cucumbers. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sick Daughter

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. Future self and children 2. Blog as passive income 3. Transitioning to self-employment 4. 401(k) rollover worries 5. Repair or replace a car 6. Preserving books while taking notes 7. Preparing for fasting 8. […]

Review: Confessions of a Butcher

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I didn’t expect that I would like this book. A few weeks ago, I got an email from Vickie Smith, the wife of John Smith (the author of Confessions of a Butcher). She had stumbled across The Simple Dollar and had read through some of the site’s archives. […]

The Value of the Golden Rule

Brian writes in: You write in all the time about the “value of building community.” I think that’s pointless. […]

How to Organize and Host a Gaming Evening

As I’ve mentioned before on The Simple Dollar, one of our favorite social activities is to host a “game night” with several of our friends. We do this on a rotating basis with them, with roughly two “game nights” happening per month. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 25, 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. […]

Homemade Gift Series #2: Homemade Soap

Let’s just start this one off with two big, giant warnings! Warning #1 Making soap at home can be very fun and rewarding, and if done right, it can be an inexpensive way to make gifts. But it can also be very dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. […]

The Incredible Value of the Local Library (A Visual Tour)

As I’ve said before many (many) times, the local public library is the single biggest entertainment value available to you. Unlimited books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, civic groups, films, presentations, live performances, and countless other opportunities are available at your public library, either in your own town or in the nearest significantly-sized town. The best part? […]

13 Books Well Worth Reading: The Cream of the Book Review Crop

Every week, I review a different book on The Simple Dollar (those reviews appear on Sunday afternoons, for those who are new to the site). Over the years, that’s amounted to a lot of book reviews – 259 as of today. Here’s a full list of all of the books I’ve reviewed on The Simple Dollar. Obviously, I don’t currently own all of these books – 259 such books would overstuff a bookshelf. […]

Reader Mailbag: Reader Music Recommendations

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. Ratios and your money 2. Dealing with reality of debt 3. The “merging money” conversation 4. Credit cards or student loans 5. Long-term care now or later? 6. Long term investing books 7. Cooking brown rice 8. […]