The Simple Dollar

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Air-Dry Your Clothes Instead of Using the Dryer (19/365)

On any given day, if you were to wander into our laundry room, you’d find damp clothing hung up, laid out, or somehow exposed to the relatively warm and relatively dry air in there. […]

Overcoming the Power of Branding and Brand Preferences

“Having preferences means having weaknesses.” – Magnus Carlsen, currently the number one rated chess player in the world Thanks to Adria Richards for the picture Over the years, Sarah and I have relied on Cascade Complete to get our dishes clean. […]

Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent (18/365)

I’m often stunned at the high price of laundry detergent. If you’re buying Tide, for example, even if you buy the jumbo pack in multiples, you’re still paying over $0.30 per load. Even generic detergents rarely cost much below $0.15 per load. That’s why I prefer to make my own detergent. […]

Reader Mailbag: Back Pain Blues

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. Puzzling through hourly pay rate 2. Career path concerns 3. Working with children 4. Speed reading 5. Getting less sleep 6. Netbook or tablet? 7. Risk Legacy and evolving games 8. Saving for multiple goals 9. […]

Clean Out Your Dryer Lint (17/365)

This seems like such a simple thing. Most of us do this as a matter of course whenever we dry a load of laundry in our dryer. Forgetting to do it, however, adds up to a significant cost. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Warm Blanket Edition

During the day, when my kids are at school and my wife is out of the house at work, I turn the furnace off and the house gets rather cool. When that happens, I often just wrap myself up in a warm blanket as I work. It’s a big, comfortable thing that’s just cozy to sit in. In fact, I’m wrapped in it as I type this. The Purpose of Money Money is a medium of exchange, nothing more. […]

Use Cold Water for Most Clothes Washing (16/365)

It’s simple. If you use hot water at home to wash your clothes, heating the water is the single largest expense of running a load of laundry. I base this on the numbers calculated by Mr. […]

In God We Trust: Your Money and a Higher Power

Image courtesy Kevin Dooley. “Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.” – Aeschylus A few days ago, I had a long conversation with an old friend, who I’ll call “Randall.” Randall is in a deep financial, personal, and professional crisis. Instead of tackling the challenge head-on, Randall seems to be in something of a holding pattern. […]

Shop Patiently (15/365)

When we were first considering a move into our current home, my wife and I made a list of things that we wanted to have in our home that we just didn’t have room for in our small apartment. […]

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. Housing challenges 2. Employer matched IRAs? 3. Paying ahead on credit cards 4. Bus pass math 5. Selling a small business 6. Negotiating a promotion 7. Finding a community group 8. Thrift stores in Des Moines 9. […]