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Why I Value Goals

“When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.” – Reiner Knizia Goals and goal-setting is a topic I cover frequently on The Simple Dollar. Why? I attribute goals and goal-setting with almost every good thing that’s happened in my life over the last several years. […]

Buy Clothes Off-Season and on Tax-Free Holidays (90/365)

If you’ve checked out the thrift stores, outlet stores, and consignment shops in your area and still haven’t found the clothes you’re looking for, you can still save some significant money on your clothing bill by just planning ahead a bit with your clothes shopping. I’ll use my oldest son as a shining example of what I’m talking about here. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #66

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. Aging Imaginations A friend of mine who is dealing with a death close to her shared this video and said it helped her with grief. After watching it, I understand why. Our minds can help us cope with pain if we allow it to happen. 2. […]

Wear Old Clothing Around the House (89/365)

Right now, I’m wearing an old pair of jeans with a few small holes and a Chicago Cubs t-shirt that dates from 2002 or 2003 (the shirt references Kenny Lofton, who played with the team in that time frame). […]

Frugality and the Street Vendor

A few days ago, I ran across some older videos that I made during some of the work-related trips I took early in the last decade. […]

Focus on Quality Brands That Hold Up Over Time (88/365)

Almost every article of clothing you buy has a little brand label on it somewhere, whether stitched into the lining or on a little tag or elsewhere. This little piece of information lets you know what company is responsible for making this clothing item. I consider it a pretty useful piece of information when buying many of my items. Why? […]

Reader Mailbag: School Days

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. Back to school dilemma 2. Precautions before romantic trip 3. Pool membership dilemma 4. Favorite vegetable garden plants 5. Telling a story to kids 6. Handling massive student loans 7. Spending and saving focus 8. […]

Shop at Consignment Shops and Outlet Stores (87/365)

While thrift stores and secondhand stores are my first line of defense when it comes to new clothes, I don’t always find what I need there. I’m very tall with a long upper torso, which means that a lot of shirts just don’t fit me well. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Shorts Transition Edition

I’m one of those people that you’ll typically find wearing full-length pants on the hottest day of the year. I’m not much of a fan of shorts for some reason. Everyone else in my house, however, seems to have already made the leap into shorts. […]

Hit Thrift Shops and Secondhand Shops in Upscale Neighborhoods (86/365)

One of my best resources for finding new clothes comes from going to the nicest neighborhoods in a metro area (in my case, usually Des Moines) and finding the nearest Goodwill or other secondhand clothing shop. That’s where I begin almost all of my clothes shopping. Why do it this way? […]