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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Parenting Dilemmas Edition

When you’re buying a gift for your child, do you get them the item that you know they’ll enjoy more or the one that they’ll enjoy a little less but will likely provide more worthwhile stimulation for them? How about this one: when your child loses his or her treasured nighttime blanket, what lengths do you go to in order to replace it? How about another one: when you find out that your child has b […]

Have Escape Weekends Without Breaking the Bank

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. My wife and I have three children in elementary school and/or preschool, so the opportunity for “escape weekends” have been few and far between for a very long time. […]

Why You Should Consider Trade School Instead of College

For a lot of people, going to a four year college seems like an automatic choice when they graduate from high school. The reason is obvious – more income. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a college degree accounted for $15,000 in additional income per year versus a high school diploma ($30,000 versus $45,000). […]

It’s Never Cheaper to Buy Two: Why “Buy One Get One” Sales Often Don’t Work

On the surface, a “buy one get one” sale sounds like a good deal. “I really want two shirts and if I buy one shirt, I can get the other one for free!” “I really want two games and if I buy one game, I can get the other one for 50% off!” Almost everyone is on board with those kinds of deals. The problem is that, in reality, deals don’t quite work out like that. […]

Reader Mailbag: Snowblower Repair

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. Stocks before emergency fund? 2. Curbside furniture salvage? 3. Planning for early retirement 4. Alcohol and holiday celebrations 5. Lending money to a friend 6. Do CDs make sense? 7. Public speaking opportunities 8. […]

The Temptation of “Best of the Year” Lists

During December, “best of the year” lists pop up all over the place. The best books of the year. The best albums of the year. The best movies of the year. […]

The Plastic Mind

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. […]

What’s Your “Frugality Tastefulness Line”?

A few weeks ago, I was riding shotgun on a lengthy road trip with a friend of mine when we made a stop at Taco Bell. We ordered our food and sat down when I noticed that he had a small mountain of sauce packets on his tray. I asked him whether his burrito was going to wind up swimming in sauce and he just smiled. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #155

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. 1. Branch Rickey on luck “Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey Branch Rickey was the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who signed Jackie Robinson and brought him into the major leagues. […]