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How I Switched to Long Term Thinking

Over the past five or six years since my financial turnaround started, the single most significant change that has happened to how I view the world is a switch to what I call “long term thinking.” Simply put, I evaluate most of my life choices primarily through a long-term lens. In other words, when I look at things like how I spend my money, how I spend my time, who I choose to interact with, an […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #53

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. […]

2012 Resolution #4 – Create a Lasting Item for My Children and My Wife

For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. When I think back to some of the people in my life that have passed away that I greatly miss, one of the things that really bothers me is that I don’t have some memento of their life that lets me have at least a sense of the person that they were. […]

Judging by the Extremes

A couple days ago, I watched a program on TLC called Extreme Cheapskates, which featured people doing things like using reusable toilet paper and cooking goat’s heads in order to save money. It was pretty obvious after just a few minutes of watching that the point of the show was to make frugality look ridiculous by choosing to profile tactics that violate other social customs and norms. […]

2012 Resolution #3 – Perform 200 Hours of Community Service

For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. Every single time I engage in some form of community service, I feel extremely happy about what I’ve done. […]

Reader Mailbag: A Day for Gaming

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. Conflicting messages on spending money 2. Career options in conflict 3. Extreme cutbacks 4. Sports salaries 5. Confusing tax code 6. Saving on a fixed income 7. Best book of 2011 8. Getting started with blogging 9. […]

2012 Resolution #2: Finish a Novel and Write Another One

For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had made some changes to how The Simple Dollar is managed in an effort to free up time for other writing projects that I’ve wanted to take on. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Resolutions Edition

Over the last few weeks, I spent a lot of time thinking about resolutions. During that process, I did a lot of digging for articles on resolutions and goals from people whose thoughts I greatly value. Here are some of the useful articles I found in that search. Solving problems Leaning away from problems rarely pays off. […]

2012 Resolution #1: Get Fit the Right Way

For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. A few months ago, when I was feeling particularly frustrated about the failings of my fitness goals, I scheduled an appointment with a personal trainer. I really do not like the idea of a “coach” to motivate my workouts or anything like that. […]

The Motivation to Improve One’s Situation

One of the most common issues that I get asked about is how someone can convince someone else that they care about to care more about their finances and life situation. My answer to them, for the most part, is that they can’t make someone care about something they don’t care about. […]