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Professional Time, Leisure Time, and Wasted Time

Most of this article applies to any situation in which someone hires someone else to perform work, whether it’s paying someone to change the oil in their car or hiring a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. On that note, Connie writes in: Your schedule seems overstuffed. Have you ever considered hiring an assistant or a housecleaner or something? I have, actually. […]

Reader Mailbag: Pee Wee Baseball Season

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. Rent or buy a condo? 2. Prioritizing limited money for savings 3. Encouragement for staying at home 4. Cell phone: pay-as-you-go or not? 5. Prioritizing debts 6. Wedding gift registry etiquette 7. Worried about dad 8. […]

Eighteen “Best Money Tips” from the Facebook Fans (and My Comments)

Recently, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar on Facebook what their favorite single money tip was. I got all kinds of responses from all kinds of angles. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I went through the list and started just pulling out ones that made me smile and before I knew it, I had eighteen. Here they are! (If you’re on Facebook, please become a fan of The Simple Dollar. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Interesting Reader Emails Edition

Many of the most entertaining emails I receive from readers will never pop up in the reader mailbag. Lengthy personal attacks (including threatening statements about my children and my wife). Offers for intimate “meetups.” Long descriptions of horribly dysfunctional marriages. […]

Getting Things Done: Setting Up the Right Buckets

This is the seventh entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. So far, we’ve talked about two of the five major steps for getting things done: collecting all of the stuff you need to do and processing that stuff down. […]

Dealing With “Found” Cash: What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

Two readers wrote in yesterday with concerns about handling cash they found. First, James: I was at the grocery store this morning and I found a $20 bill on the floor. I picked it up and pocketed it and went home. My wife told me later on that I basically stole the money and I should have told the store manager about it. […]

The Big Choice

In today’s reader mailbag, I answered a question about digging out from under a pile of debt with some comments about a big choice people have to make in their twenties: The problem you’re having is the problem a lot of people our age have: we want everything but we don’t have the resources to pay for it. Many people solve that problem by taking on an absurd amount of debt, an amount that they’ll […]

Reader Mailbag: Father’s Day

What’s inside? Here are five word summaries of the questions dealt with in today’s Reader Mailbag. Click on the number to hop down to the question. 1. Blogging as steady income? 2. Selling rental for debt repayment 3. Drowning in student loan debt 4. Fed up with overreaching charity 5. Should I join the Army? 6. Save money or prepay mortgage? 7. Paying for law school 8. […]

Review: Who Can You Trust With Your Money?

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A while back, I wrote an article describing an utterly painful meeting my wife and I had with a financial advisor. That meeting was painful. […]

The Real Reason Your Summer Energy Bills Are So High – And Seven Simple Ways to Fix It

Yes, it’s almost always painful to receive that first energy bill of the summer months. That first month where the outdoor heat kicks into overdrive usually results in a friendly notice from the electric company with a number that sometimes has an extra digit that we didn’t expect or a “3″ in place of the “1″ we’re used to. Yes, it’s the air conditioner. […]