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Five Vital Tactics for Making Self-Employment Work

I’ve been self-employed for almost five years now. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot of things about self-employment. […]

Children, Bribes, and Reverse Bribery

Have you ever had a two year old repeatedly attempt to climb out of a bathtub while you were trying to give that child a bath? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #111

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. […]

Starting Out with an Insurmountable Debt Load

This morning, we talked about the burden of caring for parents and the “sandwich generation.” This afternoon, let’s look at the burdens of younger people.Yesterday evening, I heard a fascinating story on Marketplace about how millennials are likely to be in debt their entire lives, and take some debts to their grave.There are a pile of reasons for this, and poor decision making is just one of the […]

The Sandwich Generation and You

Recently, I read a fascinating study by the Pew Research Center indicating that somewhere around one in seven adults have simultaneously provided financial assistance to a parent aged 65 and older and to one of their own children of any age in the past year. […]

The Story Others Tell About You

Recently, I read a fascinating interview of the film director Steven Soderberg on why he’s giving up on directing as a career path (thanks to kottke for the link). One particular piece stood out at me, though (my emphasis in bold):On the few occasions where I’ve talked to film students, one of the things I stress, in addition to learning your craft, is how you behave as a person. […]

Reader Mailbag: Reader Emails

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. When bills exceed income 2. Super Bowl party planning 3. Lessons from piano 4. Thoughts on 2012 5. Handling a pay raise 6. Shipping a package 7. Deferred compensation 8. Celebrity fandom 9. Buying a home impatiently? 10. […]

Putting a Value on Reliability: When Is It Time to Trade In Your Car?

A friend of mine has been driving the same car for more than a decade. For most of that time, it’s been reliable as a rock. It’s started like a charm on some frightfully cold mornings and it’s only rarely needed any repairs.Over the last year, though, lots of little problems have started cropping up. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Art Supply Edition

Our children engage in so many art projects that we keep a small corner in our dining room set aside for their miscellaneous art supplies and in-progress art projects.Pretty much every single day, our children clear off some of the dining room table and cut/paint/draw/build something.The only tricky part with this is that they actually manage to run out of some of their supplies. […]

How to Replace Your Computer Inexpensively

For most of us, the desire to replace our computer comes about due to one of two things. Either there’s a hardware failure or there’s a need to run some application that doesn’t run well on our older computer.In either case, I’ve found myself in a position to replace my computer twice since I’ve owned my own. […]