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Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs

One wouldn’t have to have read this website for very long to know that Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple and Pixar, is one of the people in this world I admire (in fact, I even mentioned him in the reader mailbag this morning). […]

Reader Mailbag: More Fees

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. Switching jobs and retirement plans 2. Family corporations 3. Student loan question 4. Savings targets for singles 5. Television 6. Job switch 7. Finding speaking gigs 8. Same card, different rates 9. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Reusing Ziploc Bags

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Quiet Edition

As I write this, I’m in a quiet room with all the lights off. I’ve been rocking my youngest child for more than an hour to get him to take a much-needed nap. He’s had an intestinal bug for the last three days and hasn’t slept comfortably during any of it. The room is so quiet that my fingers sound like drums on the keyboard. I can hear the hum of the fan on my laptop. […]

Where Did All of My Time Go? A Recipe for Reclaiming Your Time for Success

I have, right here at my side, a list of several big projects that I’d love to take on. It’s all stored in a document on my computer. I have a video series that I’m collaborating on with a few people. I have a few standalone websites I’d like to design. I have two different books I’d like to write. […]

Improving Your Score

Given that an article entitled “Improving Your Score” appears on The Simple Dollar, most readers might assume that the tips that follow are going to deal with improving their credit score. They would be right – at least in part. However, most of the principles one would use in dealing with a credit score are pretty much the same as dealing with any life score that one wants to alter. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Cooking Stock

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Reader Mailbag: Scheduling Events

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. Student loan payoff or Roth? 2. Should we refinance? 3. Discrimination and temp rights 4. In college and in debt 5. Exhaustion 6. Debt and disability 7. Multi-level marketing 8. Fixing an iPod battery 9. CSA question 10. […]

Review: Uncertainty

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. All of us have fears and doubts about what we’re doing and where our future is headed. I know I certainly have those fears and doubts. […]

Extra Costs of Moving: Financial, Cultural, and Spiritual Restrictions

Abbie writes in: My family is considering a move to a smaller town for professional purposes. The only problem with this move is that we’re Orthodox and thus we follow the dietary laws. This means that the food our family eats must be kosher. […]