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Meet the New Money, Same as the Old Money

This month, Wired Magazine is running an interesting cover story entitled The Future of Money: It’s Flexible, Frictionless and (Almost) Free. […]

Here’s a Guaranteed Way to Maximize Your Investment Returns

I have discovered a surefire way to drastically increase the returns you get on all of your investments, no matter what you’re investing in. […]

Today Is the Day

Today is the day to tell your wife that you love her. Today is the day to call your mother and chat with her for an hour. Today is the day to send your dad a note. Today is the day to get in touch with that friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Today is the day to call up a special person and set up a date. Today is the day to stop by your grandmother’s house with a sack full of groceries and m […]

Reader Mailbag: Bad Loans and Bad Yeast

It’s Monday morning… that means it’s time for another reader mailbag! My girlfriend bought a 2006 Chevy Cobalt in March 2009 because she wanted dependability and good gas mileage. She has put 31000 miles on it since then. She wants to settle down near school and doesn’t need the car anymore/can’t afford the insurance that goes with it. […]

Review: Payback Time

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I read and really enjoyed Phil Town’s first investment book, Rule #1 (you can read my review here). Town actually contacted me after reading my review and offered a few thoughts on my comments on the book and we exchanged a few emails over the years. […]

Keeping Kids from Being Crass Consumers

I’m a goal-oriented person. With almost everything I do in life, I set a clear goal for what I want to accomplish, then I do the research needed to figure out how to get there, then I work at it tenaciously. The same is true for parenting. […]

Thinking About Another (Temporary) Life Change

As most of you know, my wife and I have two preschool-aged children and a third one on the way. From April/May of this year to September of 2011, we will have three preschool-aged children in our home, which will be an interesting experience with a lot of unique challenges. Currently, my wife works outside the home as a teacher. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 20, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. […]

Making Retirement Savings Tangible

Monica writes in: The one financial thing I haven’t done for myself yet is start saving for retirement. The problem is that I don’t ever want to retire and if I imagine a situation where I actually am retired, I just don’t want to envision it at all. […]

The Gradual Shift

When I hit my financial bottom, I realized that a lot of things in my life needed to change. I went through my closets and sold off a lot of my entertainment collections. I started trying out every frugal tactic under the sun. I created a debt repayment plan and hammered some of my debts with the money I made from the sales and from the frugality. […]