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The Unfinished Shelf

Recently, I stripped all of the books off of my bookshelf in our bedroom. My wife and I each have a bookshelf in there, stuffed with books and other miscellany. […]

Planting Seeds

One of the best parts of gardening is that you get to watch the tiny seeds you plant in the early spring grow gradually into beautiful, blooming plants that provide food all throughout the harvest season. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #112

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. I love looking at peoples’ bookshelves. It often opens the door to a great connection with someone. Today, I’m sharing some of those glimpses from people who have made share-able photos of their shelves. 1. […]

Building an Investing Future

John writes in: You’ve mentioned before how a person might slowly build up income-earning investments to provide an income stream for them. How would that actually work? Let’s say I can squeeze out $100 a month for this. What would I do? Okay, let’s do this. First of all, you need to have selected something you’re going to invest in. […]

Spending Choices and Steps Toward Maturity

At Christmas, each of our children received a small amount of money as a gift, along with encouragement for them to spend it on whatever their little hearts desired. Over the next week, the subject of spending that money came up several times. […]

The High Cost of Low-Interest Debt

Lately, I’ve seen many emails from readers asking me whether or not I think a particular debt is “okay” now that interest rates are so low. It’s true – collateralized debt for people with good credit histories has a very low interest rate right now. […]

Reader Mailbag: Old Albums

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. […]

A Month of Change

During the month of February, I committed myself to writing one long note each day to someone who I used to be highly connected with but have drifted apart from for some reason or another. Old friends. Old co-workers. Old clubmates. Old business partners. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Barefoot Edition

Most of the time, when I’m working at home, I’m barefoot. I don’t like wearing socks, even in the heart of winter. During the summer, this isn’t a problem. If I want to go work outside, I just go outside barefoot. This doesn’t quite work in the winter, of course, so I’ll often literally put on socks and shoes just to go outside. […]

The Simple Dollar Redesign to Come

I’m excited to announce a few upcoming changes to the look and feel of The Simple Dollar. Since kicking everything off at the end of 2006, I’ve pretty much kept the overall design the same, but after seeing what a redesign can do for a site, I realized The Simple Dollar could benefit from some basic changes. I let some design people I trust pitch me a new look to the site’s menus and blog. […]