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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #85

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. […]

Wash Your Hands (215/365)

Washing your hands? Really? It seems like something that’s incredibly obvious and perhaps bordering on stupid. Most of us were taught in childhood to wash our hands after using the restroom. What does that have to do with personal finance? The truth is that the simple act of washing your hands is a surprisingly good financial tactic. […]

The Levels of Thinking About Money (and Life)

Over the past few years, few books have impacted my thinking quite like David Allen’s Making It All Work. The idea behind Making It All Work is that if you want to live a better life, you’ve got to really understand what your goals are and what you’re working for, both in the short term and in the long term. […]

Use Your Flexible Spending Account (214/365)

Flexible spending accounts for health care are becoming a very common benefit that employers provide for their employees. These accounts can be a money-saver, but it can be a bit tricky to save money using them. […]

Reader Mailbag: Political Ads

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. Reasonable family grocery budget 2. Community festivals 3. Investing inheritance 4. The overzealous winner 5. Choosing between jobs 6. Money and pride 7. Salted butter for homemade bread? 8. Sneaking food into theatres 9. […]

Eat a Balanced Diet (213/365)

“Eat a balanced diet” is one of the simplest pieces of health advice that medical professionals dispense on their patients. For the most part, it just means “eat a wide variety of items without an excess of any one item or type of item.” In other words, don’t live on a solely cheese-based diet. It’s pretty sound advice, too. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Site Surfing Edition

I read a lot of personal finance and personal growth sites, a list that changes all the time. My weekly links for this are harvested from that reading. For the most part, I like articles that have an angle I haven’t thought of, have a nice human touch, or else express an idea very well, so that’s what I link to. If I find myself thinking about an article after I’ve read it, I bookmark it. […]

Slowly Substitute Healthier Food Options (212/365)

Anyone who has ever paid attention to their health, even a little, knows that there is some correlation between their personal health and well being and what they choose to eat. Eating a well-balanced and relatively low calorie diet is good for almost anyone (though you’ll find yourself getting into a lot of debate when you get more specific than that). […]

The Cost of Your Trash

I absolutely hate it when I throw things away. Few things frustrate me more than having a full trash can. Why? I know that, on some level, I paid for the things that are being thrown away. If I’m tossing the box that a prepackaged meal came in, part of the cost of that prepackaged meal was the box. […]

Find an Exercise Buddy or Two (211/365)

One of the biggest challenges of picking up a positive but challenging habit is finding the consistent motivation to stick with it. If you’re operating by yourself, it’s very easy to talk yourself into taking the easier path. This phenomenon is true no matter what the habit is. […]