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Some Thoughts on Enjoying Parenting

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Twitter, Pinco shared this thought: “I love your articles about parenting. […]

Starting with a Blank Slate

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Lois on Facebook wants to know about starting from scratch. “After two years of living just on basic needs in order to get rid of 60k in credit card debt – yea! […]

Reader Mailbag: Handwritten Letters

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. Rent or sell first home? 2. Keep investments or pay debt? 3. Prayer and money 4. Couple facing financial crossroads 5. Falling into money 6. Audio personal finance advice 7. Preparing for possible medical emergency 8. […]

Seven Powerful Meditation and Focusing Techniques

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Terrence on Facebook wants to know about “Meditation and focusing techniques.” Meditation and focusing is a big part of my daily routine. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Calvinball Edition

For those unfamiliar, Calvinball is a game played in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The game’s rules are made up as the game goes along, with players adding and editing rules along the way, often with the goal of making themselves into the winner. Lately, I’ve played a lot of Calvinball with my two oldest children. […]

Renting a House as a Vacation Option

Last week, my wife and family and I departed for the Seattle/Tacoma area in order to be present for the wedding of my wife’s younger sister. While we were in the area, we did some wedding setup, but we also visited a lot of sights in the area, including Mount Rainier, Olympia National Forest, and a day trip out to the coast to the ocean. Naturally, such a trip is an expensive proposition. […]

Turning the Corner with a Side Business

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

Making It on Very Little

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Toni on Facebook suggests “I’d like to see an article on how the really working poor can make it financially. […]

Reader Mailbag: Fishing

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. Getting started as a writer 2. Graduate school impact on savings 3. Pre-set spending limit question 4. Great advice 5. Challenging religious beliefs 6. Re-entering the workforce 7. Student loans or down payment? 8. […]

Review: A Commonsense Guide to Your 401(k)

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One common request I get is more discussion on the specifics of retirement plans. […]