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Competitive Maxims Applied to Personal Finance

As some of you know, I spent a year or two in my past playing competitive Magic: the Gathering (a card game with organized tournaments), earning enough winnings for the hobby to pay for itself. […]

Planning Summer Travel

This seems rather strange, perhaps, but Sarah and I have our summer plans more or less penciled in through 2015. That’s right, 2015 This summer, we’re going to Seattle. The following summer is a trip to New Orleans with my family. The summer after that will feature a trip to Boston, with the summer after that featuring some extensive national park camping. The summer after that? […]

Reader Mailbag: Sources of Information

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. Buying the next house 2. Starting over from scratch 3. Loan disqualification 4. Starting a business 5. Taking care of Mom 6. Building credit with business cards 7. Stocking my HSA 8. New side business and taxes 9. […]

The Switch to Hand-Bottled Water

One of the more costly (and unhealthy) routines I once had was grabbing sodas out of the refrigerator, taking them into my office, and gulping them down. Not only was it costing my health, but it was also an expensive routine. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Condolences Edition

A few days ago, one of my favorite podcasters (Tom Vasel, from The Dice Tower) lost his infant son to an E. coli infection. Having an infant son myself, I can’t imagine the pain of that type of experience. My condolences go out to him and his family. There’s already a wonderful video tribute out there. What I Learned During the Year of Penury Penury is a five dollar word for intense poverty. […]

Career Moves and Decisions

This week, someone from my past reached into the present and dropped a job offer on my lap. If this job offer had appeared three years ago, I would have taken it in a heartbeat. It allows me to work from home. […]

Some Thoughts on Jigsaw Puzzles

One feature you’ll find in our home, particularly during the winter months, is a card table in the family room which features an ongoing jigsaw puzzle. […]

Seven Monthly Bills Most People Have, and Seven Ways to Reduce Each Bill

The other day, I opened my mailbox and what I found inside was painful. I found an energy bill and a mortgage statement and a phone bill and a water bill and an insurance statement and an internet bill. […]

Reader Mailbag: Winter Blues

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. Helping a rock bottom friend 2. Moving around the world 3. Easing a tax burden 4. Financial wedding propriety 5. Small claims court question 6. Deeply worried about parents’ future 7. Credit report issues 8. […]

Review: The 10 Commandments of Money

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ve been a big fan of Liz Weston’s writing, particularly her columns over at MSN Money. I’ve also communicated with her many times in the past. […]