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Summer Meal Series #2: Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, Barbecued Beans, and Rice

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Our meals are usually pretty heavy on the vegetables and fruits by default. […]

Getting Things Done: Setting Up the Time, Space, and Tools

This is the fourth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Last time, we discussed how exactly to plan a project and fit it into the context of focusing entirely on the next specific action. […]

Dealing with the Avalanche

As I mentioned in the mailbag this morning, my father had emergency surgery due to a massive infection brought about by a dirty fish hook that got embedded in his arm. […]

Reader Mailbag: Distractions

Yesterday, my father had emergency surgery to relieve a big infection that started when he got a fish hook embedded in his hand and he didn’t clean the wound properly immediately. I spent most of the day distracted and worried about him (he seems to be doing okay). I mostly wandered around in a daze. I did some work, but I had a hard time staying focused. I played with my kids. […]

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Those who have followed this blog for a long time know that I don’t have many personal heroes. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Playlist Edition

With all the road trips scheduled this summer, I’ve been thinking about a song collection that both my wife and I would enjoy on the trip. So, we’ve started co-curating one, where we each add 100 songs to a playlist, then we are each allowed to delete anything we don’t like from the list. […]

Getting Things Done: The Five Phases of Project Planning

This is the third entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Last time, we looked at the five stages of a healthy task and information management workflow (collect, process, organize, review, do). […]

Delayed Gratification and Children

The single biggest personal finance lesson that anyone can learn is that of delayed gratification. […]

What to Do When You Can’t Possibly Prepare Enough

Ellen writes in with a very difficult story: I am a huge fan of yours and have used much of your advice to simplify the money matters in my family, but my family is currently in a crisis that I have never seen discussed on your site. In early April, my family was in a severe car accident. We were driving my mother’s van at the time and we were t-boned by a hit & run driver. […]

Reader Mailbag: John Wooden

This past weekend, one of my heroes passed away. I’ll memorialize him with five of my favorite quotes from him. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. […]