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My Father’s Lesson – Multiple Streams of Income

Today, I’m going to celebrate the biggest financial lesson that each of my parents taught me in a pair of posts. This morning, I’ll discuss my father; this afternoon, my mother. When I think back to my childhood memories of my father, they always involve him working on something. […]

It’s Not Fair!

It’s not fair that you’ve hurt your back and can no longer work, while that other guy’s back is just fine! It’s not fair that you work in an office with a troll of a boss who seems to enjoy manipulating others! It’s not fair that the couple down the street get financial support from their parents, while we have to actually support my mother in her old age! It’s not fair that you got laid off from […]

Reader Mailbag: Sensitive 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. Marriage and debt repayment 2. Charitable giving 3. Over-the-air television 4. Is a house too big? 5. Emergency calls with no landline 6. Dealing with lying spouse 7. Mortgage insurance 8. Property taxes 9. […]

The Things That Last

As I’ve mentioned before on The Simple Dollar, Sarah and I have a “buy it for life” approach (the post is really worth reading if you’re interested in the details) when we replace items around the house. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Season Edition

As summer gives way to fall, I’m reminded again and again of how much I love autumn. The weather gives the first hints of chill in the air, yet warmth still fills the days. […]

When the Moment Is Lost

Our lives are a series of moments, back to back. In each of those moments, we have the power to make a choice. […]

Meal Planning for Busy Families

Five long years ago, I wrote a post outlining our process for planning meals for the upcoming week. […]

Term Life Insurance: The Basics

No one really wants to think about life insurance. But once you settle into life with a spouse, kids, or both, something funny happens: You have to consider what’s best for your family, not just yourself. People begin to depend on you, and you on them — for love, for companionship, and, of course, for financial stability. Unfortunately, sometimes life throws a curveball. […]

Reader Mailbag: Old Songs

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 Mom 2. Getting rid of credit cards 3. Credit card help 4. Buying a house? 5. More thoughts on GMOs 6. Gap year 7. Small business launch options 8. Staying at home? 9. Dealing with influx of money 10. […]

Wanting Tomorrow’s Life Today

I am really looking forward to the day where we move into the country. I dream about it, in fact. I don’t really loathe where we currently live, but recent construction has taken away the nice view that I used to have out of my office window. […]