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Living and Saving in the Moment

My three year old son loves to go to the grocery store with Mom and Dad. He wanders around with us, listening to our discussions about which products to buy, and quite often expresses his own opinions. […]

How to Organize and Host a Frugal Block Party

One of the biggest reasons I like living where I do is that two or three times a summer, someone hosts a block party. The format is pretty simple - bring a side dish, grab a plate, fill up, and talk to people. Yet, I know from watching the hosts, the actual hosting can be really frenetic - the hosts often look completely frazzled, even if everyone else is having fun. Block party. […]

Building Your Career, One Brick at a Time

A career is like a brick wall. If it’s built well, from a collection of bricks that fit well together and are thoughtfully put in place, it can be a very strong foundation for whatever dreams you may want to reach for. […]

Using Consumer Reports to Assemble Your Grocery List

Long time reader Bob writes in: I like reading all of your suggestions about making a grocery list and searching for bargains. My technique is actually pretty simple. I trust Consumer Reports completely - they’ve never led me wrong. So each month when I get an issue, I write down their “best buys” in each product category. That’s what I buy - I just look for the best deal among these. […]

Is Renting a Vehicle for a Long Road Trip Worth It? Our Math Says Yes

In the next few weeks, I’m going on a lengthy road trip with my wife, my children, and my parents. We’re going to visit several relatives that are spread out all over the southern part of the United States. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Open Forum Edition

Recently, I’ve started contributing a weekly article about saving money on small business expenses to OpenForum, a site that covers a wide variety of small business topics. I’m also hosting those articles here on The Simple Dollar in its own “small business” section. […]

The Simple Dollar Podcast #1 - Credit Card Debt

Well, here it is, finally - The Simple Dollar Podcast. This will be a weekly endeavor - I hope you enjoy it! The first episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on credit card debt. I tell my own story of escaping from a pile of credit cards and relate some very specific advice on how to extract yourself from such debt. […]

Spending Your Discretionary Money on Things that Rise in Value

Most of us spend our extra money on things that depreciate quickly in value. We go out for dinner. We buy cars. We buy gadgets. We buy books and CDs and DVDs. All of these things depreciate in value pretty quickly. We eat dinner out - the food’s gone and it’s often not particularly memorable. […]

Some Thoughts on Scalable Careers, Your Job, and “Side Hustles”

Recently, a friend suggested to me that there are two distinct types of careers - and it left me thinking quite a bit about my own career choices. First, there are stable careers. You’re an hourly employee or a salaried employee with small bonuses (or none). You work hard to try to get ahead, but getting ahead usually just means a 10% raise in a few years or possibly a small promotion. […]

Reader Mailbag #65

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. As usual, we’ll start things off with a few links to older articles that directly answer questions I’ve heard recently. […]