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Little Earthquakes

As much as I enjoy parenting, there are moments when it’s quite stressful and it just leaves me feeling miserable. As I’m writing this, a moment like this just passed. I was trying to get my three children ready for bed, but instead they chose to run in opposite directions. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #175

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. Henry Ford on avoiding problems “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” – Henry Ford It’s usually easier to drill a hole through the mountain than to build a road around it. 2. […]

Reflections on a Tiny House

Over the past week, I’ve been fascinated by a number of articles describing tiny homes – those measuring 100 square feet or smaller. Here’s an example: This type of house is outside the realm of possibility of most families. […]

Living Life

One of the biggest arguments against being “frugal” is that it restricts you from “living life.” Whenever I hear that argument, I usually think that the person involved isn’t actually being frugal at all. […]

The Value of Unavailability

Let’s roll the clock back to a particular weekend in the middle of 2006. Sarah and I had just begun our financial turnaround, but that’s not really what I want to talk about here. That weekend, Sarah’s parents had come to visit – I think her youngest sister may have been there, too. […]

Reader Mailbag: Better Resume Writing

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. Dropshipping 2. Job “upgrade”? 3. Refinancing for interest and cash 4. SmartyPig 5. Bicycle advice 6. Checking account requirements 7. Evaluating investment options 8. Card game evening? 9. Meditation and/or prayer 10. […]

Using the Reality of the Moment

Yesterday, I read a wonderful article by Leo Babauta at Zen Habits entitled The Reality of This Moment. The article encourages people to think about how we’re okay in the moment: As we go through our day, we’re often stressed because of all the things we have to do, the things we’re not doing. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Medical Issues Edition

At almost the exact same time, our youngest child got a large facial rash and our daughter got an extremely sore baby tooth. This led to medications. Doctor’s appointments. Worry. Being a parent would be far easier if you could simply rely on perfect health from your children. […]

7 Excuses People Use to Avoid Financial Responsibility – And Why They’re Useless

This article first appeared in U.S. News and World Report Money. The recipe for finding financial success is an easy one. Spend less than you earn and do something sensible with the difference. If you do that over and over, you will see financial success. The challenge is actually making that happen. […]

Discover the Forest

One of the coolest online tools I’ve seen in a long time came to my attention this past weekend as I was thinking about our family’s weekend plans between now and Memorial Day. […]