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28 Great Books You Can Read For Free

A few years ago, I received a Kindle as a gift from my wife. It’s a pretty nifty little device, perfectly designed for reading the text of books. The problem is that in order to read a lot of books, you have to buy them from the Kindle bookstore. […]

Schedule Regular Medical and Dental Checkups (221/365)

Most medical insurance packages cover regular medical and dental check-ups for the people that they cover. Even though there’s nothing wrong at all with the person under insurance, the insurance company will still cover the cost of that person getting a check-up on a regular basis. Why? […]

Reader Mailbag: Old School

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. Smart phones and grocery flyers 2. Building connections at conferences 3. “Culture” and home value 4. How much is “better” worth? 5. Maximum mortgage payments? 6. Income inequality idea 7. Dollar coin? 8. […]

Sleep More (220/365)

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the average adult should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. For a long time, six to six and a half hours was a pretty typical night for me. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Travel Edition

Over a three-and-a-half week period, our family is jamming in a trip to northern Iowa/southern Minnesota, a trip to Seattle, a trip to Chicago, and a trip to Indianapolis. This means a lot of traveling. A lot of time spent in cars. A lot of time spent sleeping away from home. A lot of children taken out of their daily routine and thus a bit cranky. A lot of time spent on bathroom breaks. […]

Eliminate Smoking and Minimize Drinking (219/365)

Whenever you consume something, it has some cost. In the immediate sense, you have to pay for what you just consumed. You bought the beverage, you bought the food, and so on. […]

Should I Give My Adult Children Cash Gifts?

Monica writes in: Some of your recent articles have touched on an issue that has really troubled me for a while. I have two children, both in college. […]

Eat Breakfast Every Day (218/365)

How on earth is this a money-saving tip? Eating a meal that many people skip? Really? Believe it or not, eating a healthy and well-balanced breakfast can actually save you money, both on that day and over a longer period of time. The big reason? There are many studies that indicate that breakfast eaters weigh less than breakfast skippers. […]

Reader Mailbag: Mockingbird Hill

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. Primerica concerns 2. Different goals among partners 3. Buying a tablet 4. Ending allowance 5. Retiring young 6. Starting a community group 7. Life insurance advice 8. Ads in magazines 9. Dream job and pregancy 10. […]

Drink More Water (217/365)

Water from your tap is perhaps the best bargain out there for your diet, your health, and your wallet. For the volume of water that a typical person drinks, it’s practically free. It’s free of calories and has almost no health-damaging additives. […]