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Interpreting Reviews and Knowing What to Buy

Wendy writes in: I know that you have touched on this a bit in the past, but I would love to see an article specifically addressing how you research an items technology, durability, and expected lifespan when making your purchasing decisions. I have two categories of interest: - rarely reviewed items. […]

Minimalism, Frugality, and Confrontation

As you might recall, last Sunday, I reviewed a book I quite liked entitled The Joy of Less by Francine Jay, who blogs over at the quite enjoyable miss minimalist. My book review got the attention of several more popular blogs, including Lifehacker, which chose to link to one of Jay’s more intriguing posts, 100 Things I Don’t Own. […]

Reader Mailbag: Iowa Flood Waters

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. Optimizing cash flow 2. Getting past the “acquaintance” phase 3. 529 for another child 4. The cost of saving coins 5. IRAs at fairly high income 6. Student loan or not? 7. Credit scores and card payoffs 8. […]

A Guide to Using Dry Beans for Cooking

In my opinion, the single best bargain in a grocery store is the one pound bag of dried beans. The amount of nutrition and protein that can be had from a pound of dried beans is amazing, plus the flavor of the beans far surpasses the flavor of canned beans. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Audiobook Edition

Quite a few people have requested an audio version of my recent book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams. You’re in luck. The audio book is now available for download via Amazon or you can sign up for an Audible.com membership and get it at a discounted rate. Alternately, if you’re already an Audible member, you can download it there. […]

The Flip Side: What Frugality Gets You

This past weekend, I attended GenCon 2010, a gaming convention in Indianapolis, IN, with a group of several friends. […]

How Not to Fail at Frugality

Yesterday, I had a wonderful conversation with an Associated Press reporter who was writing a story about teaching children how to be frugal. […]

Should I Buy Life Insurance for My Children?

This is a question I hear all the time from readers who are parents – and it’s a question that comes up in our own household as well. Should our children have life insurance policies? I’ve done a lot of research and soul-searching on this topic. What follows are the conclusions I’ve come to on the issue. […]

Reader Mailbag: When Do I Write Mailbags?

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. Netflix for family bonding 2. Guilt over income 3. Dishwasher versus hand washing 4. Cancelling a new card 5. Pushy parents and hotel rooms 6. Trust money for college 7. Getting “wants” under control 8. Used deep freezers 9. […]

Review: The Joy of Less

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Over the last several years, I’ve begun to appreciate how much easier life is if you have less stuff. You spend less time and effort on maintenance. You spend less time and effort moving. You spend less time and effort organizing your stuff and cleaning. […]