The Simple Dollar

Simple, applicable personal finance advice for the modern world.

Profile of The Simple Dollar

Latest Posts from The Simple Dollar (page 327)

Digging Into the Rental Argument

Shanna writes in: You’ve written before about how Netflix is a good deal if you’re an avid movie watcher and Gamefly is a good deal if you’re an avid video game player. You’re an avid reader. Have you ever looked at BookSwim? I have, and I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to use the service. BookSwim basically functions like Netflix for books. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 20, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

I’ve Had Enough

If you’re unhappy with some significant portion of your life, at some point you have to wake up in the morning and simply say that you’ve had enough. That key decision often leads to some further difficult ones. It will probably lead to some personal challenges. It will require you to make some changes in your life. On the other hand, that key decision gets the monkey off your back. […]

Handling Personal Finance Mistakes, Large and Small

Jenny writes in: In 2008, my husband and I lost about 50% of our retirement savings. We got so scared that we moved all of our savings to very safe investments – cash and bonds. […]

The Cost of Overuse

All of us use a lot of household products every day. Soap. Shampoo. Conditioner. Toothpaste. Hand soap. Dishwashing detergent. Laundry detergent. The list goes on and on. Many of these items are used so routinely that we don’t even step back and think about them. We squirt some toothpaste on our toothbrush. We use a big gulp of mouthwash. […]

Reader Mailbag: Vehicle Shopping

My wife and I have looked at somewhere around a dozen vehicles in the last month as we search for a replacement for my truck that will be capable of seating five (and preferably capable of seating more). Rather than rushing in and just buying the first option we find that minimally matches our needs, we’re being patient. […]

Litterless Juice Boxes: Do They Save Money If You Have Kids?

My kids love juice boxes. We usually allow them to have one a day as part of an afternoon snack. We’re pretty picky about the ones we buy, making sure that at the very least they’re 100% juice and, often, we buy juice that has vegetable juice in it, too. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Vacation Edition

What kind of summer vacation does one take with a four year old, a two year old, and an infant? One great way to do this (for us) is to take a vacation with a large group, where lots of people are there to keep eyes on children in small, rotating doses. So that’s what we’re doing this year. […]

Eight Simple Tactics for Achieving Your Big Goal

Every single one of us has some sort of big project hanging out there in our lives. We’d love to accomplish it, but it seems so big and the free space in our life seems so small. Spend a monent and think about what your big goal is. It could be something as down-to-earth as a major home repair. It could be something as horizon-stretching as launching a new career or new business. […]

Where Does All of Our Money Go?

Kimberly writes in: A few months ago (yep, one of those New Years Resolutions!) I pledged to get a better grip on my finances. I found some personal finance blogs to read and decided to start off by simply tracking where our money went. But it’s impossible!! Every time I sit down with our bank and credit card statements, a big chunk of the money is going away to places I can’t figure out. […]