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Ten Steps To Turn Financial Disaster Into Financial Independence

Last year, I was invited to contribute to a collaborative book on personal improvement. Each contributor – there were ten or so of us – was charged with writing a section on one aspect of self-improvement. Mine, naturally, was personal finance, so I started to write a ten step guide to turning one’s financial situation around. Earlier this year, the publisher went out of business. […]

Affordable Online MBA Programs

This is the final article of a series on affordable online education. We previously covered specifically online colleges and various degree programs, including online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. […]

Affordable Online MBA Programs

This is the final article of a series on affordable online education. We previously covered specifically online colleges and various degree programs, including online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. […]

Figuring Out What’s Essential

One of my core principles of personal finance is that you should cut back in the areas that you don’t find very important so that you can preserve spending in areas that are important. That’s a great philosophy to have when you’re on the road to financial recovery or when things are going well, but it doesn’t help too much when you’re actually facing a scary pile of bills and don’t have an obvious […]

Figuring Out What’s Essential

One of my core principles of personal finance is that you should cut back in the areas that you don’t find very important so that you can preserve spending in areas that are important. That’s a great philosophy to have when you’re on the road to financial recovery or when things are going well, but it doesn’t help too much when you’re actually facing a scary pile of bills and don’t have an obvious […]

Seven Clever Food Strategies for Stretching a Small Budget

There are a lot of strategies out there for stretching a food budget, from couponing to meal planning. I’ve laid out our six-step plan for organizing cheap meals many times on The Simple Dollar, and it’s a routine we stick to almost every week. Still, that’s not the end of the road when it comes to stretching your food budget. […]

Seven Clever Food Strategies for Stretching a Small Food Budget (and Nine Foods That Are Filling, Healthy, and Cheap!)

There are a lot of strategies out there for stretching a food budget, from couponing to meal planning. I’ve laid out our six-step plan for organizing cheap meals many times on The Simple Dollar, and it’s a routine we stick to almost every week. Still, that’s not the end of the road when it comes to stretching your food budget. […]

Questions about Leftovers, Hobby Hype, Dollar Stores, Convenience, and More!

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. Planning for disabled child’s future 2. Investing while in debt 3. Ethics of possibly stolen items 4. Overseas money transfer 5. Dollar store purchases 6. How young can investing start? 7. Used car valuation 8. […]

Questions about Leftovers, Hobby Hype, Dollar Stores, Convenience, and More!

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. Planning for disabled child’s future 2. Investing while in debt 3. Ethics of possibly stolen items 4. Overseas money transfer 5. Dollar store purchases 6. How young can investing start? 7. Used car valuation 8. […]

20 Great Games to Play with Stuff You Already Have

Playing games at the kitchen table is a regular part of life at our house. I play games after school three or four days a week with my children, as well as a family game night most weeks. Sarah and I play games together one or two nights a week, and I have a regular game night with a few friends. […]