The Simple Dollar

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Outdoor Activities Edition

We’ve had this long run of gorgeous weather lately and our family has practically lived outside. During the winter and spring, I saved this huge list of inexpensive ideas for things to do during the summer… and we’ve managed to blow through most of them. A few days ago, I spent a bunch of time finding items to add to that list. […]

Money and Paying Attention

Whenever I spend an afternoon playing with my children – actually focusing on them instead of being half-distracted by my cell phone or a conversation with a friend or something else – I always learn several new things about them. I learn how their relationship with each of their siblings is going. I learn what they think about a lot of things in their day-to-day life. […]

Five Frugal Things I Don’t Do

I’m pretty well known online for being very frugal about some things. A few people even like to toss jokes my way about my “extreme” frugality, as I’ve gone so far as to calculate the cost of a sheet of toilet paper. It’s simple: I want to know the value of what I’m getting for every penny that I spend. […]

The Real Challenge of Personal Finance

I believe it is far easier to earn more money than it is to accumulate wealth, in America at least. 72% of Americans would find it somewhat difficult or very difficult to pay that month’s bills if they lost their job today. […]

Reader Mailbag: Books and People

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. Breaking even on income taxes 2. Paralyzed by spending anything 3. Debt with expected income drop 4. GMOs 5. Challenging elderly parent situation 6. Unwanted gifts 7. Pension or not? 8. Children’s clothes 9. […]

The Expectation Game

When you think of the people you actually value in your life, what do you think about? Do you think about the times you’ve shared together? Do you think about the laughs you’ve shared? Do you think about the times that person has come through for you? […]

Teaching the Value of a Dollar

I had a great conversation the other day with a friend who is still struggling with the student loans he took on at the turn of the millennium. He’s been knocking on those loans for twelve years and still has several years to go. One thing my friend said that really stuck with me was this. “When I was in college, I didn’t really get the value of a dollar at all. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #132

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Hemingway on superiority “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway You are your own yardstick. 2. […]

Nine Ways to Save Money on Caring for Your Lawn

While we’re not exactly the type to go out and pay for a professional service to treat and fertilize our lawn for us so that we have a glowing patch of perfect green outside of our home, we do like to have a decent lawn that’s at least alive enough so that our children can run around on it without scraping up their feet and hearing a constant “crunch crunch crunch” sound. Here are several things w […]