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Askers, Guessers, and Personal Finance

A while back, I came across a fascinating article at The Guardian discussing askers and guessers: This is the “disease to please” – a phrase that doesn’t make grammatical sense, but rhymes, giving it instant pop-psychology cachet. There are certainly profound issues here, of self-esteem, guilt etcetera. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 26, 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 20 – June 26, 2009) How Low Can You Go? […]

Summer Meal Series #4: Grilled Apple Pork Chops, Garlic Baby Potatoes, and Steamed Broccoli

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. A few days ago, I was going through the produce section of our grocery store when I noticed a great sale on baby potatoes. […]

Getting Things Done: Keeping Your System Functional

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

Professional Time, Leisure Time, and Wasted Time

Most of this article applies to any situation in which someone hires someone else to perform work, whether it’s paying someone to change the oil in their car or hiring a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. On that note, Connie writes in: Your schedule seems overstuffed. Have you ever considered hiring an assistant or a housecleaner or something? I have, actually. […]

Reader Mailbag: Pee Wee Baseball Season

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. Rent or buy a condo? 2. Prioritizing limited money for savings 3. Encouragement for staying at home 4. Cell phone: pay-as-you-go or not? 5. Prioritizing debts 6. Wedding gift registry etiquette 7. Worried about dad 8. […]

Eighteen “Best Money Tips” from the Facebook Fans (and My Comments)

Recently, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar on Facebook what their favorite single money tip was. I got all kinds of responses from all kinds of angles. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I went through the list and started just pulling out ones that made me smile and before I knew it, I had eighteen. Here they are! (If you’re on Facebook, please become a fan of The Simple Dollar. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Interesting Reader Emails Edition

Many of the most entertaining emails I receive from readers will never pop up in the reader mailbag. Lengthy personal attacks (including threatening statements about my children and my wife). Offers for intimate “meetups.” Long descriptions of horribly dysfunctional marriages. […]

Getting Things Done: Setting Up the Right Buckets

This is the seventh 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. So far, we’ve talked about two of the five major steps for getting things done: collecting all of the stuff you need to do and processing that stuff down. […]

Dealing With “Found” Cash: What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

Two readers wrote in yesterday with concerns about handling cash they found. First, James: I was at the grocery store this morning and I found a $20 bill on the floor. I picked it up and pocketed it and went home. My wife told me later on that I basically stole the money and I should have told the store manager about it. […]