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Your Measuring Stick for Financial Success

When I look around at the people in my life, I see some that are in very good financial shape and I see others that are in poor shape. I see some that live an affluent lifestyle, with annual international trips and new cars. I see others that live a much more stoic lifestyle as well, whether it’s by choice or by need. […]

The Focusing Illusion

Let’s say an advertisement or a news article points out some new gadget or new kitchen appliance or new restaurant that you haven’t experienced yet. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #161

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. […]

When Price Per Unit Fails You

A few weeks ago, Sarah and I were dining at a nice restaurant. As we were ordering, the waiter told us a bit about their wine cellar and showed us a wine list while also making recommendations for good pairings with our food. We looked at the list and eventually decided to order a bottle of wine. […]

Five Simple Steps to Start Preparing for Tax Season

Like many Americans, I loathe tax season. Collecting documents, filling out forms, sending money to Uncle Sam – it adds up to a process that I frankly don’t really enjoy. Still, it has to be done each year and the time to do so is nearly upon us. Here are a few steps to take well before actually filing our taxes that helps make the filing process that much easier. […]

Working for Freedom

When I left college in 2002 and stepped into my first professional job, I often felt as though I was working for the freedom to do what I wanted after work each day and on the weekends. […]

Reader Mailbag: Friendship

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. Roth or Traditional 2. Affordable Care Act and marriage 3. Airports and outside food 4. Tip for freezing soup 5. Cheapest way to get gas 6. Messages when sales pop up 7. Indoor clothes hanging for drying 8. […]

Fuzzy-Trace Theory and Your Money?

Fuzzy-trace theory? Fuzzy-trace theory is just an odd-sounding name for a pretty simple idea. To put it simply, the idea is that people form two different types of memories. One type, called “verbatim,” is just like it sounds – it’s a very detailed and accurate representation of something experienced or learned in the past. […]

File Taxes Online and Fire Your Accountant: 6 Reasons Why You Should Do It This Tax Season

Updated: January 21, 2014 I Saved an Extra $1,000 Using Online Tax Software I’ve been doing my taxes online for the past seven years. During those years, I’ve lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, and Washington. I was employed by three different companies. I started and closed three different businesses. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pomodoro Edition

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the “Pomodoro technique” for time management. The idea is that you break your day down into 25 minute segments. At the end of each segment, you take a five minute break. […]