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Rethinking Your Rules

Right now, as you’re reading this, you’re completely in control of this moment, limited only by your absolute physical limitations. You can choose to keep reading this article. Or, you can choose to go outside and take a walk. You can choose to get in your vehicle and drive to the next state. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #34

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. This past week, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, likely due to health reasons. […]

Dinner With My Family #30: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Bell peppers are appearing by the dozen in neighborhood gardens, which means it’s time to figure out some great uses for them. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Hot Water or the Microwave

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Making Plans for a Muddy Future

Ellen writes in: I’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for a long time. It’s pretty hard not to notice a few central themes in what you write about. Spend less than you earn and plan for the future and so on. However, two of the things you talk about seem to flat-out contradict themselves. […]

Reader Mailbag: Educational Television

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. Life expectancy and Social Security 2. Generational inequality 3. Discretionary spending 4. Refinancing timing 5. Renting a car for vacation 6. Sticking to self-set deadlines 7. IRAs and brokerage fees 8. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Airline Tickets

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kindergarten Edition

Rather than spending the day at daycare or at preschool until his mother picked him up after school, our son now comes home on the school bus. For a good hour, the only two people in our home are me and him. We have a snack together. We talk about our respective days for a little bit. […]

Preparing for Your Next Act

A few days ago, I was standing by the bus stop waiting for my oldest child to arrive home from one of his first days in kindergarten. There were a few other parents of kindergarteners there and I struck up a conversation with one of them. […]

Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil

I just received an email from a concerned friend of mine who had never read The Simple Dollar before. I asked for permission to share this part of the email with you (with just a touch of editing). I can’t believe you’re actually using your life and your energy and your mind talking about money and encouraging other people to accumulate money. Money is the root of all evil. […]