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Review: Difficult Conversations

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. One of the most frequent issues that I’m asked about is how exactly to start a conversation about a delicate money topic with family members or friends. […]

Preserving the Value of Food

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

Does Frugality Beat Inflation?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Rebecca requested a post on “ways to live more frugally, and ‘beat’ inflation. ie: garden, raise own animals? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #27

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. Cooking with my youngest child Lately, when we’ve been working on making meals, our youngest son has insisted on being put in his high chair and pulled as close to the counter as possible. […]

Dinner With My Family #23: Zucchini-Quinoa Lasagna

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. One of my favorite food blogs out there is Peas and Thank You, which focuses on healthy cooking with children in mind. […]

Organic? Vegan? Vegetarian? What Does It Cost?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

A Guide to Selling Unwanted Items

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

Reader Mailbag: Ghosts

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. House now or later? 2. Blender recommendation 3. Long term care insurance question 4. Enjoying music at low cost 5. Protecting a family property 6. Finding the right home 7. Birthdays and charities 8. Keeping food 9. […]

Why the Lottery Isn’t the Answer to Your Problems

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Jeffrey requesed that I discuss “why ‘winning the lottery’ isn’t the answer..” In my eyes, the lottery (as it exists today) is a no-win proposition. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Finger Cut Edition

Yesterday, while working on a propane grill, I cut my finger badly enough that a piece of it was actually removed from my finger. It hurt intensely and it’s left me in a state where I can’t type normally. In other words, if you find that I miss a post or two in the next week or two, that’s probably the reason why. What Happened to Downtime? […]