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Boredom Is a Choice

Every once in a while, I’ll receive an email from a reader or see a comment somewhere in which the reader complains that they’re “bored” during their financial recovery. I’m honestly mystified by this. I can’t recall being bored since my pre-teen years. […]

Get on the Same Page Financially (273/365)

Get on the Same Page Financially (273/365) Yesterday, we discussed how valuable it is to start off with financial equality in your relationship. There should be one pool of money and an understanding that debts affect both partners in the relationship. […]

Build a Financially Equal Relationship from the Start (272/365)

When people get married or become fully committed enough to combine their finances, they often take the right step by merging their financial situations together. What they miss out on, though, is establishing true financial equality within the relationship. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #93

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. Consider this an autumn edition. I spent much of the week collecting pictures of fall colors for a display project. […]

Find Areas of Mutual Interest That Don’t Involve Spending Money (271/365)

In the evenings, you’ll often find Sarah and I at the kitchen table playing a board game or a card game. The games we play are usually ones we’ve received as gifts in the past, and they require no additional expense to play – not even a drop of electricity. Sometimes, you’ll find us reading books. Usually, they’re from the library or received as gifts or traded for using Paperbackswap. […]

Internal Success

One of my closest friends is in his early thirties. He lives in an old fixer-upper. He drives an old car and he dresses extremely modestly most of the time. He’s quiet and reserved. If you saw him at the grocery store, you wouldn’t give him a second thought. […]

Be Attentive (270/365)

A romantic relationship, whether before or after marriage, needs care to keep it healthy. Just like any living thing, you’ve got to give it the attention that it needs to keep both members happy. It’s harder than it sounds. Most of us have very busy lives. I know we’re holding down two careers, three children, community responsibilities, housework, and many other things. […]

Reader Mailbag: Caterpillars

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. Why not get an ARM? 2. Value of old information 3. Paperless statements 4. Used camping equipment 5. Sarah’s contributions 6. Odors 7. Tankless water heaters 8. Political arguments 9. Laundry soap for front-loaders 10. […]

Write Love Notes (269/365)

One of the most effective ways to cement our relationship and keep it strong is something incredibly simple that costs almost nothing and is something people have been doing for hundreds of years. I just write a little note for Sarah and stick it somewhere where she will find it later. Usually, it’s not a gushy love note. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Art Edition

The walls of my office are slowly becoming covered in child art. First, I hung up a rather nice comic strip that my six year old son drew. Then, my daughter drew an enormous rainbow heart with the word “Dad” on it and asked me to hang it up. This opened up the floodgates. […]