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Trimming the Average Budget: Food at Home

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Why It’s Worth Your Time to Meet Your Financial Advisors

A few weeks ago, my wife and I planned a meeting with a financial advisor that was the representative for her 403(b) plan. […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Home Energy Costs

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Silas Marner and You

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a Simple Dollar reader named Kip, who brought up the classic novel Silas Marner by George Eliot (if you’d like to read it, here’s the entire text, or if you’d just like a summary, here are the Sparknotes). […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Pensions and Social Security

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Conventions Edition

Quite a few readers expressed interest in having meetups of some sort at any conventions or conferences I attend this year – if not at the conference itself, in the town where the conference is held. So here’s an update. It’s looking like I won’t be attending SXSW this year (but I’m hoping for next year). […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Housing and Shelter

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Personal Finance 101: Getting Started with Banking

We all did it at the beginning of our financial lives. We grew up. We moved out. We opened accounts at a bank on our own, quite often a different bank than the one used by our parents. And we had to figure it out. How should we pick a bank? How do we move the money over? What should we put in our checking account? Our savings account? […]

How the Average American Family Spends Their Income – And How to Trim It

Several times in 2009, I came across this thoroughly interesting infographic, originally from VisualEconomics.com: You can click on the image to see a larger version of it over at Visual Economics. The picture depicts how the average American family spends their income based on Department of Labor data. […]

Reader Mailbag #96

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I recently found out that I am pregnant with my first child. […]