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Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Salsa

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Reader Mailbag: A Weekend Away

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. Building credit 2. Commuting car for grad school 3. Favorite biographies 4. Moving back to big city? 5. 401(k) rollover or not? 6. Follow-up to Ticket to Ride 7. Homemade bug spray for gardens 8. Preparing for layoff 9. […]

Review: Willpower

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the biggest keys to personal success is found in the title of this book. Willpower. […]

Help! I Don’t Know What Retirement Plan You’re Talking About!

Connie writes in: Roth, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), FERS, TSP – what on earth does it all mean? I know they all have to do with retirement savings, but it’s all just a word salad to me. This is going to be something of a “dictionary” post where I spell out, as simply as I can, what these terms mean and what it means for you. […]

Starting Something From Nothing

I mentioned a while back that I had some big plans in place for 2012 with regards to some projects for The Simple Dollar. I thought I’d share part of these plans with you today. One of my big goals for 2012 is to find a publisher for my fantasy novel. The novel is mostly written at this point and I’m pretty happy with it. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #43

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. […]

Dinner With My Family #36: Wisconsin Farmhouse Chowder

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. As we slip deeper and deeper into fall, our family is starting to eat more cold weather food – thicker soups and chowders and so on. […]

Little Moments

Each day is filled with little moments. Playing “catch” with a soccer ball with my son in the back yard in the cool fall air, both of us bundled up and kicking a ball back and forth. Smelling freshly-made scrambled eggs with tarragon and salt and pepper on top. Listening to a thought-provoking program on the radio. Going on a long mid-afternoon walk in the park and admiring the fall colors. Having […]

Some Thoughts on Handling Life’s Crossroads

Every so often, we’re met with a situation in our lives that represents a seriously life alteration. If we go one way, our whole life is going to go down a different path than if we chose the other option. These can take a lot of forms. The choice to marry someone. The choice to divorce someone. The choice to change career paths. The choice to sign a long-term contract. […]

Reader Mailbag: Difficult Things to Write

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. Handling small rollover 2. Parents who don’t plan 3. Loan payoff or retirement contribution? 4. Roth conversion and inheritance 5. Setting sportsmanship example 6. Fundraising 7. Is bankruptcy right? 8. […]