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Saving Pennies or Dollars? A One Car Family

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Strategies for Warehouse Club Shopping

One of the big tricks of shopping successfully at a warehouse store (I use Sam’s Club because it’s the only one reasonably close to me) is knowing when to buy something in the bulk sizes available there. It’s not always the best move. For example, our local Sam’s Club often carries these giant 24 packs of sandwich buns. […]

Reader Mailbag: Renewal

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. Foreign country move 2. Is car replacement necessary? 3. Cell phone discount question 4. Collection sell-off 5. Car buying question with debt 6. Challenging home buying question 7. Hobbies and marriage 8. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Finding Cheap Gas

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Iowa Politicking Edition

One very interesting part of living in Iowa (a facet that I imagine is really only shared with residents of New Hampshire) is the huge amount of political gamesmanship that goes on in this state for the six months or so before a presidential caucus. Because Iowa is the first state in the nation to have a presidential caucus, presidential candidates descend on Iowa like locusts. […]

Underemployment

About twelve years ago, I had a job as a computer lab monitor at the college I attended. The job was easy. All I had to do was go to that room during designated hours, sit at a particular desk, and answer user questions, along with a few other minor tasks such as reloading printer paper and changing print cartridges. […]

A Different Way of Thinking about Your Debts

If you take out a $200,000 loan for 30 years at 4.5% interest, how much in debt are you? Some might argue that you’re only $200,000 in debt. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Dishwasher Detergent

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Reader Mailbag: Long Weekend

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. Move in together 2. The crossover point for cars 3. Freelancer feeling desperate 4. Retirement and wedding 5. Basics of prepaid credit cards 6. Debt repayment planning 7. Teenage kids and cars 8. Zucchini bread 9. […]

Review: Social Intelligence

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I’ve often talked about how having a social network that challenges you to improve yourself and encourages you towards good behavior can deeply shape how you think and the choices you make. […]