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For Hotel Rooms, Call the Local Branch and Negotiate (346/365)

Several years ago, Sarah and I visited the Amana Colonies in eastern Iowa with another couple. We decided to stay in a hotel there for two nights so we could stay up late with friends we hadn’t seen in a long while. Our friends had chosen a hotel online and booked a room, so we decided to just stay at the same hotel for that weekend. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Synthroid Edition

I’m working on a freelance article concerning thyroid conditions and Synthroid use. I’m looking for a few people that take Synthroid (or another thyroid medication) in their adult life that would be willing to answer a few questions about the experience (your name would never be used anywhere without your permission, and pseudonyms would be fine). […]

Explore Your Local Area (345/365)

Several years ago, I picked up one of those tourism guides for Iowa, similar to the ones that many states put out to attract travelers to their state. I live in central Iowa, of course, so everything mentioned in that guide was within three hours of my house. About four days and a lot of page-flipping later, I ended up marking about 200 things to see in Iowa with my family. […]

Twelve Gifts That Encourage Frugality

My favorite gifts (besides board games, I suppose) are ones that encourage me to make positive changes in my life. […]

Pack Food and Beverages (344/365)

Whenever I leave my house and expect that the travel to my destination is going to take more than an hour or so, I pack snacks and beverages. It’s just part of my routine. Usually, I fill up a water bottle and add a bit of lemon juice to it, and I’ll look in the pantry to see what we have on hand for snacks. […]

Reader Mailbag: Popcorn, Old Movies, and a Warm Blanket

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. Using Roth to buy house 2. Children and educational tools 3. Is a charity legit? 4. Preparing for higher taxes 5. Shaving expenses 6. Inexpensive board game gifts 7. Investments used for debt repayment 8. […]

Stay Away from Tourist Traps (343/365)

In 2004, I had the professional opportunity to travel to Mexico multiple times in a short span. On those trips, I had a few chances to visit some of the sights of rural Mexico. One of the stops that really sticks in my mind is the opportunity to climb up a small Aztec pyramid at Teotihuacan. […]

What Seems Simple Rarely Is Simple

I enjoy watching cooking shows – you know, the ones where they actually focus on presenting a recipe and show off some of the techniques used in preparing that recipe. My favorite cooking show host is Julia Child, by a fair margin. There’s something I’ve always found really comforting about her – I don’t quite know what it is. […]

Consider All Forms of Transportation, Including Train and Bus (342/365)

A few months ago, I took a trip to Indianapolis. The first leg of the trip – a flight from Des Moines to Chicago – was uneventful, but it was the second leg that got interesting. I was scheduled to fly from Chicago to Indianapolis, but my flight was cancelled, as was the subsequent flight. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #103

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. […]