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The Obligations of Wealth

Connie writes in (I edited her question a bit to protect privacy): I recently married a business owner who had a net worth of around $10 million before we got married. He has lived in the same medium-sized town all of his life and has kept many of the same friends since his school years. Lately, though, he has noticed that a lot of them seem resentful of him. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Dealing With Stress Edition

How do I deal with stress? My best way of dealing with stress is to be active, not to be passive. I’ve found that every time I respond to stress in my life by just sitting around or doing nothing, it just makes the stress worse. […]

Getting Things Done: The Power of Outcome Focusing

This is the thirteenth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. […]

It Doesn’t Matter What Your Position Is Right Now, You Can Do Better

An obviously upset Sam writes in: You think your world is all rainbows and puppies. Guess what? Karma will eventually bite you in the [rear]. Seven months ago I got fired from my job for no fault of my own the company was going under. Now I cant pay my bills and Im going to lose my house. […]

When Partners Don’t Cooperate With Setting Goals

Yesterday, I posted an article about setting goals with your partner. In the comments, Brittany left a wonderful question that I felt deserved a post all its own: What if you have your shared goals, but one partner doesn’t have the financial gumption to see it through? I’m not married, not even engaged, but I’m in a relationship that looks like it might be heading for the long term. […]

Reader Mailbag: Notes and Some Questions on the “Getting Things Done” Series

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. GTD and privacy 2. Planning for a long trip 3. GTD and prioritizing 4. Overcoming jaded partner’s money attitudes 5. GTD and daily routines 6. Hopping into an IPO 7. Reporting a tiny income 8. Stagnant savings 9. […]

Review: The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Daniel Solin’s series of The Smartest X Book You’ll Ever Read have turned me off for their title alone, and thus, to this point, I’ve not read them. […]

Setting Goals with Your Partner

As I’ve said many times on here, my wife and I have a small handful of major goals that we share going forward in our lives. We both want to eventually live in the country with some wooded area and a small barn. We both want to focus on raising our children as well as we possibly can. We both want to achieve complete debt freedom (we currently just owe on our mortgage) to give us even more career […]

Money and Basic Math: Some Thoughts and Six Quick Tips

Lately, I’ve been reading the very enjoyable book Stop Getting Ripped Off by Bob Sullivan of The Red Tape Chronicles (a full review will come in a week or two). The first section of the book discusses at length how people are often stymied at personal finance due to basic math skills. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 10, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (July 4 – July 10, 2009) How Low Can You Go? […]