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Kids, Stuff, and Values

Wendy writes in with an email I considered using in today’s mailbag, but my response kind of grew into a full post: When well-meaning relatives give gifts to your children, do you always allow your children to keep those gifts? […]

Reader Mailbag: iPad?

In the last week, I’ve received about ten emails from readers and marketers simply assuming that I’ve already purchased an iPad. While I can see how it might be useful for reading documents and things while I’m out and about, I certainly don’t feel like it’s worth hundreds and hundreds of dollars, at least for the types of uses I would have for it. […]

Review: Your Money: The Missing Manual

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. J.D. from Get Rich Slowly finally has a book out. […]

The Mythology of Spending and Mental Anchors

I have a quick four question quiz for you to run through in your head. Just give your snap response to these – don’t think about each one too much. What is a wedding supposed to cost? What is an automobile supposed to cost? What is a home supposed to cost? What is a three week vacation for a family of four supposed to cost? For each of these questions, you came up with a number of some sort. […]

Some Thoughts on Easter and Financial Responsibility

Easter weekend is one of my favorite times of the year with my children. The weather is finally getting nice after a long winter, so we’re starting to go outside regularly. We usually conduct some kind of Easter egg hunt for them as well, giving them a great chance to explore outdoors and work on their observation skills. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 3, 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. […]

The Psychological Trap of Warehouse Clubs

Jonah Lehrer wrote a brilliant little article about Costco over at the Science Blog. An excerpt: The secret of Costco’s success – and the reason I’m willing to pay just to enter the store – is because I trust the company to give me a good deal. […]

Overcoming Bumps in the Road

As much as we’d like to believe it, our lives aren’t a smooth journey from point A to point B. Unexpected things happen all the time – we do our best to overcome them and move on, but sometimes “our best” results in some pretty challenging consequences. We revert to old, bad habits. We put ourselves in debt. […]

Seven Reasons to Care About the Tiny Things (And Seven Tiny Things to Care About)

Quite often, you’ll see personal finance writers talk about the big things – the single moves that will save you quite a lot per month. Downgrade your living quarters! Sell that car! Buy a used car! Change your insurance! Those things are flashy because they can save you a lot of money with one action. Yet, they have several serious limitations (that I’ll get into below). […]

Reader Mailbag: Sports Fan

I am a big fan of three sports: basketball, baseball, and golf. The next week and a half is perhaps the most exciting period of the year for someone who is a fan of those three sports. The Masters. The men’s and women’s Final Four. The opening of the baseball season. Why do I like sports? I like watching competition. […]