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Don’t Buy Any Item in the Checkout Aisle (315/365)

Grocery store designers are smart people. They know that when you check out with a cart load of groceries, you’re going to be standing in that spot for a while. They also know that sometimes you’re unfortunate enough to have children with you. Thus, they stock the checkout aisle with things that are perfectly selected for you to just toss on the conveyor without a second thought. Magazines. […]

Fleeting Moments

A few days ago, I watched some old home videos. I watched a video of our wedding day. We looked almost impossibly young in that video. We were freshly out of college and the love we had for each other on that day still shines brightly. I saw the video of the day our first child was born. I was almost scared to hold him. […]

Only Buy the Specific Item(s) You’re Shopping For (314/365)

Yesterday, I mentioned the idea of using a “time limit” to keep yourself from spending too much time in a specific store. It’s a tactic I find useful, particularly when I visit a store that’s full of temptation for me where very few things are items I actually need, like a bookstore. In other stores, though, I find such a “time limit” to be difficult. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #99

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. […]

Set a “Time Goal” When You Walk in the Door (313/365)

As I’ve mentioned many times before, when I walk into a bookstore, I can easily get distracted and find myself with my nose in one book or another. I’ll walk in, intending just to spend a few minutes, and find myself an hour later sitting in a reading chair surrounded by books. I dawdle. I browse. I find interesting new books I just can’t live without. […]

When You Can’t Afford All the Stuff You Want

If I had infinite money, I can think of a few things I would buy. I’d own some land in the country with a nice house on it, probably with a gaming room and a library (in other words, space for my big hobbies). I’d probably own a newer car than our current Pilot, which is pushing ten years old. There are smaller things, too. I would buy more original artwork for our walls, for one. […]

Shop Alone (312/365)

When I’m buying groceries, I shop alone. When I’m buying household items, I shop alone. When I’m buying gifts, I shop alone. The only time you’ll find me in a store with others is when circumstances practically force it on me. It’s not that I’m anti-social – I quite like spending time with people. It’s simply that shopping with others costs me money. […]

Reader Mailbag: Reading Long Books

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. Roth IRAs and standard IRAs 2. How do people get rich? 3. Tailgating and profit 4. Marriage and conflicting money values 5. Buying individual stocks 6. Church as social group? 7. Best place for extra income? 8. […]

Use a Price Book for Your Regular Purchases (311/365)

When my wife and I first moved to our current home, we took a look at all of the grocery stores available to us within reasonable driving range and made a list of them. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No More Politics Edition

No more flyers. No more robocalls. No more political ads on television or radio. No more emails in my inbox asking for donations. Not for a year and a half, anyway. Prep your tech for a weather emergency I do many of these things in the winter when there’s a blizzard approaching. […]