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Reader Mailbag: Coffee Can Savings

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. Combining finances with risky partner 2. Brother exploiting sister 3. Using digital images from phones 4. Containing political rage 5. Extra money in the budget 6. Hand washing routine 7. Organizing student loans 8. […]

Buying Another Before You Can Enjoy What You Have

As I’ve mentioned before, several years ago, I was an avid collector of DVDs and vintage sports trading cards. At one point, our DVD collection reached over 1,000 discs. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Series Edition

With the end of the television series Fringe, I just realized that I am not actively watching any television series right now. There is truly nothing airing right now on any channel anywhere that is holding my interest.Over the last several years, the number of series we’ve watched has dwindled. […]

The First Steps Toward Passive Income

Before we even get started on this topic, let’s back up and look at what passive income is.I’ve seen a lot of different definitions out there, but I define passive income as being any income derived from an initial investment of time, effort, money, or ideas without additional input of time, effort, money, or ideas.So, for example, a published book (once you’ve finished the main promotional work) […]

Three Items That Have Saved Me Money Quite Quickly

Let’s face it – there are a lot of items out there on the market that claim to save you money, but either don’t actually do what they claim or don’t actually provide the savings they’re promoting.Here, I’m going to tell you about three things I’ve tried in the past several months that have actually exceeded my expectations, saving me money in the long run and also working exactly as promoted.LED b […]

Reader Mailbag: Ingress

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. Board game suggestions 2. Starting a babysitting exchange 3. Retirement savings questions 4. Online dating worries 5. Dutch oven versus crock pot 6. Starting out with home brewing 7. New car after accident? 8. […]

Saving for Future Uncertainty

I’m at a pretty content point in my life. We have no debts. Our home is paid for. I have work that I’m happy with and a number of long-term projects I’m passionate about. Sarah has work that she loves as well. We have some money saved up.When we look ahead, we don’t see any radical changes to this. […]

Practicing Faith and Values Through Your Money

I’m a Christian. Virtually every week, our family goes to a church service at a local Lutheran church. I’ve served on the church council there and I’m also involved with their investment committee.For me, faith is a struggle. It’s never been an immediate and easy answer for me. I find myself struggling quite a lot with what the readings and the sermon and the songs actually mean. […]

When Waiting Reduces the Value of a Purchase

Darren writes in:I’ve been thinking a lot about how you wait for pretty big sales before you’ll buy a computer game. You mention the Steam sales and free-to-play games like League of Legends a lot, too.A lot of my friends play computer games together. […]