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Some Thoughts on Product Placement

Please take a moment and watch this YouTube video before we get started. I’d embed it here, but the person who uploaded it has disallowed embedding of the video. If you’re unable to watch, the video is a series of clips from the movie Transformers, showing the absurd amount of product placement within the film itself. What do I mean by that? […]

I’m Fresh Out of College, Have Lots of Student Loan Debt, and No Job. What Now?

I get some variation on the above email all the time. In fact, I could probably include some variation on this question in every single reader mailbag (yes, I filter the questions a bit as to not get too repetitive). The story is usually the same. A person went to college, often majoring in a field that doesn’t have enormous job possibilities after earning one’s first degree. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #3

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. My daughter’s enthusiasm for ballet My three year old daughter started with a community ballet program a few weeks ago. […]

Dinner With My Family #3: Stir Fry 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. […]

The Art of the Audacious Goal

I want to run for mayor of a large city. I want to publish a series of fantasy novels that appear in every bookstore in the country. I want to pay off the $300,000 in debt that I owe. I want to start a restaurant chain. I want to visit 100 countries by the time I’m 40. I’m a fan of overly audacious goals. […]

The Fundamental Ingredients for Financial Success

In today’s reader mailbag, a reader asked me if the questions I get for the mailbag make me depressed because, frankly, many of the stories I hear from readers represent a grim financial story. I told him, quite honestly, that most of the questions actually make me happy. They fill me with hope. […]

Reader Mailbag: Travel

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. Infant car seats 2. Roth and 403(b) questions 3. Paying off mortgage early 4. Managing a pay increase 5. Bonds owned by the deceased 6. Using bonuses 7. Depression and the reader mailbag 8. […]

The Lifestyle You Want

For the first time in quite a while, I was watching a live program on television, meaning I couldn’t just skip the commercial breaks if I so chose. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sick Boy Edition

Thanks to many of you who wrote to me expressing well wishes for our infant son. He’s doing much better today. On Monday, he was very lethargic and didn’t want to do anything but cuddle with me. On Tuesday, he acted normal when he wasn’t sleeping, but he slept a lot. Today, he’s acting pretty much normal, except very hungry. […]

Using Grocery Flyers to Plan Meals

As I’ve mentioned many times on The Simple Dollar, one of our most frequently-used methods for saving money on food is to simply create a meal plan each week based on the sales found in grocery flyers. […]