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A Simple Request

Since my tongue-in-cheek post on Monday about my “seminar series,” I’ve been stunned at the outpouring of emails and notes from people who wanted to pay me anyway for that “seminar.” I really appreciate it. I deeply appreciate it. Right now, though, I’m in a financial situation where, for the time being and for the near term, I don’t need that money. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sun Tea Season

As I write this, I’m enjoying my first ice-cold glass of sun tea of 2011. Delicious. 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. Student loan consolidation question 2. Tabletop or electronic games? 3. Retirement worries 4. Groceries and kids 5. […]

Financial Media, Press Releases, Hype, and Your Money

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, I was a big proponent of financial publications like Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, SmartMoney, and so on. I read them. I referenced them in posts. I even suggested that people subscribe to them. For a long time, though, I’ve scarcely mentioned them. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Back Pain Edition

On Sunday, I twisted my back stepping out of the shower, pulling a muscle. By Tuesday, my back felt mostly better. I’m my son’s soccer team coach and the boy was so excited to play, I went out and jogged all over the field with him and his team during the game, even though I knew I should rest. Tuesday night, that muscle popped again. Ouch. […]

The Desire That Defines Your Direction

What do you want right now? I’m not just talking about the big things or your goals in life. I’m talking about everything. What are your greatest desires right now? It might be very short term. You might want to go to the restroom. You might be hungry or thirsty and want food or drink. It might be something material. Maybe it’s a gadget that you want. […]

Got Unused Vacation Time? Put It to Use with a Personal Sabbatical

In September 2004, I was about to leave my first post-college job. My boss at that time – who happens to be one of the people I respect the most in this world, even now after my radical career shift – observed that I had a pile of unused vacation time that was basically going to disappear when I left that job in mid-October. […]

Announcing The Simple Dollar Personal Finance Seminar!

During the past month, I’ve been having some very casual discussions with an organization that handles the infrastructure of seminar programs for people who wish to run them. […]

Reader Mailbag: Friendships

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. Car seats 2. Graduation and internship question 3. Condo financing questions 4. Roth IRA worries 5. End of the tunnel 6. Anxiety 7. PMI worries 8. Cost of living abroad 9. Second mortgage or renovation fund 10. […]

Review: Be CentsAble

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I like reading frugality tips from lots of different authors. Not only do I learn some new tips, but I often find that the specifics of implementing an idea vary from person to person. […]

Making Today Your Masterpiece

As I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar, one of the few heroes I have is John Wooden, the former basketball coach at UCLA in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. I could tell you many things about him, but A few years ago, I wrote about how John Wooden had taught me a lot about personal finance and over the years, I’ve read his books and many of interviews he’d given. […]