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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kids of Carcassonne Edition

My four year old son and three year old daughter have been playing the board game Kids of Carcassonne almost constantly the last several days. They’ve roped grandparents into playing it, parents into playing it (I’ve played it countless times), and are even playing it just against each other. I couldn’t be prouder. This week, I tried to link to some blogs that I haven’t linked to before. […]

The Big Problem with Money Courses

Many financial “gurus” are in the seminar, coaching, and classwork business. They come up with course materials and attempt to sell them at a very high price to individuals who are scared for their financial future. Some of these coaching programs are reputable ones. Many of them are not. […]

Finding New Challenges (and Saving)

Reading For a long time (about two years), I got in a rut of reading very generic horror and fantasy novels. I would go to the bookstore, pick out two or three, and blow through them in a week, enjoying the rush but completely forgetting about them within three days after finishing. This routine was fairly expensive. […]

A Frugal Weekend with Lots of Houseguests

Over the past few days, we’ve had a few houseguests. Wait, scratch that – a lot of houseguests. We had so many people visiting that people ate meals in shifts. Every bed was full, as was much of the available floor space. Amazingly, though, we managed to get through all meals here at our house – we didn’t eat out or have our guests eat out for any meal. […]

Reader Mailbag: Family Weekend

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. Married couple getting started 2. Investing for 11 year olds 3. A debt and family mess 4. Dealing with discouragement 5. 457 or Roth IRA? 6. Fixing credit 7. No-knead bread 8. Cash-only budgeting 9. […]

Review: Debt-Free U

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. When I went to college back in the late 1990s, my school was pretty much selected for me due to the scholarships I received. I didn’t have any financial resources of my own to help me get into college, nor was the internet widely available and full of easy resources to learn more how to acquire them. […]

An Ode to My Son’s Piggy Bank

About three months ago, my four year old son saw a toy at a store. He mentioned that he had played with it at a friend’s house and that he wanted one. But rather than demanding it this minute, he asked how much it would cost. […]

Some Thoughts on a “Daily Action Pack”

Last weekend, I wrote a review of 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. In that book, the author, Stever Robbins, suggested something he called a “daily action pack.” Here’s my mention of it from the review: For every short-term and medium-term project you have going on (everything less than a few months down the road), perform an action related to that project every single day without fail. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 4, 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. […]

Summer Meal Series #14: Chicken Pie

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. One of the fun things about the end of summer and the start of fall is that, if you have a garden, lots of vegetables are starting to come in. […]