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Ten Financial Mistakes I’ve Made in the Last Year

I make financial mistakes. I make a lot of them, actually. What I usually try to do when I screw up is not dwell on them. Instead, I try to identify why I made the mistake and then try to figure out how I can fix that issue. I don’t beat myself up over them – there’s no benefit in doing that. I’m human. I made a mistake. I’m going to make more in the future. […]

Reader Mailbag: Competition

Several people have asked me recently why I have a “weekly roundup” (where I link to sites that write about similar things as me) and why I have a big list of blogs I like on every page of The Simple Dollar. Isn’t that just helping the competition? Maybe. But I don’t really view those sites as competition. […]

Review: Your Money Ratios

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of related interest. One thing I often do when looking for books to read and review for The Simple Dollar is simply go to the “new releases” section of my local library and browse the personal finance new releases. […]

A Look at My “Idea Notebook”

As I’ve mentioned several times over the years, I carry a pocket notebook and a pen with me wherever I go. Whenever I have any sort of an idea or discover any piece of information I might want to use or reflect on later, I don’t hesitate to pull out that notebook and jot it down. I can’t even tell you the number of times this notebook has really come in handy in my life. […]

Digging Into the Rental Argument

Shanna writes in: You’ve written before about how Netflix is a good deal if you’re an avid movie watcher and Gamefly is a good deal if you’re an avid video game player. You’re an avid reader. Have you ever looked at BookSwim? I have, and I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to use the service. BookSwim basically functions like Netflix for books. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 20, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

I’ve Had Enough

If you’re unhappy with some significant portion of your life, at some point you have to wake up in the morning and simply say that you’ve had enough. That key decision often leads to some further difficult ones. It will probably lead to some personal challenges. It will require you to make some changes in your life. On the other hand, that key decision gets the monkey off your back. […]

Handling Personal Finance Mistakes, Large and Small

Jenny writes in: In 2008, my husband and I lost about 50% of our retirement savings. We got so scared that we moved all of our savings to very safe investments – cash and bonds. […]

The Cost of Overuse

All of us use a lot of household products every day. Soap. Shampoo. Conditioner. Toothpaste. Hand soap. Dishwashing detergent. Laundry detergent. The list goes on and on. Many of these items are used so routinely that we don’t even step back and think about them. We squirt some toothpaste on our toothbrush. We use a big gulp of mouthwash. […]

Reader Mailbag: Vehicle Shopping

My wife and I have looked at somewhere around a dozen vehicles in the last month as we search for a replacement for my truck that will be capable of seating five (and preferably capable of seating more). Rather than rushing in and just buying the first option we find that minimally matches our needs, we’re being patient. […]