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The Simple Dollar Podcast #3 - Short Term Goals

The third episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on short-term goals. I talk about several of my own short-term goals and discuss some tactics anyone can apply to make their short term goals and projects a reality. Also discussed: C.S. Lewis, awful corporate motivational posters, Woodward and Bernstein, and which baseball announcer I sound the most like. […]

Frugal Vacation Notes: Great Free Things to Do in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Over the past week, my wife, my children, my parents and I all went on vacation to the Dallas/Fort Worth area (we had planned a longer road trip, but we made an on-the-fly decision to just stick around DFW). […]

The Time Cost of Investing: Does Obliviousness Pay Off?

One aspect of buy-and-hold investing in low-cost index funds that has always attracted me is that there is an extremely low time cost. Once you have the initial investments in place, there is virtually no time cost at all. All you have to do is invest maybe half an hour a year rebalancing the investments - and that’s it. That strategy pretty much matches the stock market. […]

Reader Mailbag #67

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. What is the thought process you go through when organizing an article to write? Do you outline your thoughts first? […]

Review: The 1-2-3 Money Plan

Every other week, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Greg Karp is the author of the “Spending Smart” column which appears in a number of newspapers nationwide - it’s typically a pretty good read, though Greg didn’t fall on my radar screen until I read his first book, Living Rich by Spending Smart. Almost a year ago, I wrote a sparklingly positive review of Living Rich by Spending S […]

A Deal-Collecting Email Address

A while back, while checking out at a Williams-Sonoma (this place is my guilty pleasure - what can I say?), the cashier asked me if I wanted to sign up for their email list. I said “Sure!” and gave them an email address. On the way out of the store, my wife chided me. […]

Nine Reasons I Keep Reading Personal Finance Books

Scott writes in: How can you read and review a personal finance book every week? I’ve read three or four of them and they seem all the same to me. Don’t you get tired of the reviews? I get some version of this question quite often - and it’s a good one. I’ve been reviewing one or two personal finance or personal development books a week for about two and a half years. […]

The Simple Dollar Time Machine - June 13, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. […]

Prolonging the Inevitable

Mitchell writes in: Currently, we have around $100,000 in credit card debt and we’re having a very hard time making the interest payments. How can we consolidate that debt and get a lower rate? Should we go to our credit union? Mitchell is falling into the same trap that I see a lot of people who email me falling into. […]

Gift Registries: Tactics and Good Taste

A few days ago, I received an interesting email from a person I vaguely knew from college. This person “rediscovered” me via The Simple Dollar, befriended me on Facebook, and sent me one or two emails. Out of nowhere, though, the person emailed me a link to their wedding registry. It had been emailed to a lot of people, apparently - everyone in their email address book. […]