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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #22

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. Des Moines Family Music Festival This past weekend, the five of us went to Every Family Rocks in Des Moines, Iowa. […]

Dinner With My Family #18: Baked Salmon with Asparagus

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to cook an excellent meal with minimal dishes to do afterwards. […]

Your Job Is Not Your Life

A few days ago, I had a chat with a friend of mine who is struggling mightily with his job right now. He took a high-paying job with a rather prestigious title at a well-known company. The biggest drawback of this job is that he carries around a company phone and receives calls on it at all hours of the night. At first, this wasn’t a big deal for him. […]

Taking the Long Road

When I woke up this morning, the biggest thing I wanted to do was to just curl up in a comfortable chair somewhere and finish the novel that I’ve been reading for the past several days (A Feast for Crows by George R. R. […]

Reader Mailbag: Filling in Weekends

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. Fundraising for starting a nonprofit 2. Thoughts on tiny homes 3. Financial benefits of marriage 4. Cell phone options 5. Student loan question 6. College savings 7. How I make money 8. High cost of living advice 9. […]

Personal Finance Choices and Economic Fears

Rarely does a day go by when I’m not contacted by a reader who is alarmed about some economic fear or another. What about inflation? What about deflation? What about precious metals? What about national bankruptcy? The list goes on and on. Right off the bat, let’s make it clear that I don’t buy such apocalyptic feelings. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Leadership Edition

One area I’ve been reading about quite a bit lately is leadership. How does a person who is a bit on the introverted side and is scared of leading a social group actually leap across that chasm and lead a community organization? I’ve been reading a pile of books by John Maxwell and other such authors and I’ve mostly come to three conclusions. […]

Our Financial Plan for the Next Ten Years

Quite often, I mention that my wife and I are pretty diligent about planning ahead. We have frequent conversations about the future and we’re pretty much in agreement with what our financial plans and goals are over the next several years. […]

Why Savings in the Short Term and Other Investments for the Long Term?

Tammy writes in: You often tell people to put money in their savings account if they’re just saving for a year or two, but then you tell people to put money into stocks or other stuff if they are saving for lots of years. Why? It’s probably easiest to explain this with an example. Savings Accounts Let’s say that, at the start of each year, you put $1,000 into a savings account. […]

A Memorial Day Tribute to Five People That Mattered to Me

Memorial Day is a holiday that was originally created to honor deceased soldiers, but has largely grown over the years to honor all deceased people. […]