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My Favorite ‘Little Wins’: 12 Simple Frugality Tips That Just Work

Over the years, I have shared literally thousands of frugality tips on The Simple Dollar. Most of them are useful tips – they will save you money – but not every tip works for everyone. […]

Seven Practical Gift Ideas for the Indebted College Graduate

Google “gift ideas for college graduates” and you’ll find a dizzying array of tchotchkes whose sole purpose is to impress or entertain. Buzzfeed, for example, offers gift ideas ranging from a celebratory flask to a globe made of corks or a GoPro camera. […]

Seven Practical Gift Ideas for the Indebted College Graduate

Google “gift ideas for college graduates” and you’ll find a dizzying array of tchotchkes whose sole purpose is to impress or entertain. Buzzfeed, for example, offers gift ideas ranging from a celebratory flask to a globe made of corks or a GoPro camera. […]

Questions About Socks, Binge Watching, Toothbrushes, Rental Properties, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. My pension evaporated… 2. Capital gains and rental property 3. Travel or not? 4. Short term investing options 5. Which car should we dump? 6. Lazy portfolios? 7. Cheap alternatives for bible study? 8. […]

Questions About Socks, Binge Watching, Toothbrushes, Rental Properties, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. My pension evaporated… 2. Capital gains and rental property 3. Travel or not? 4. Short term investing options 5. Which car should we dump? 6. Lazy portfolios? 7. Cheap alternatives for bible study? 8. […]

Is Your 401(k) Leaking? Seven Hidden Fees That Can Sink Your Retirement

If you hope to retire one day, and you’re not one of the lucky few with an old-school pension, saving and investing regularly isn’t an option – it’s required. And how you invest can make as big a difference in the end as what you invest in. Numerous studies have shown how high and occasionally predatory investment fees chip away at our earnings year after year, often unnoticed. […]

Is Your 401(k) Leaking? Seven Hidden Fees That Can Sink Your Retirement

If you hope to retire one day, and you’re not one of the lucky few with an old-school pension, saving and investing regularly isn’t an option – it’s required. And how you invest can make as big a difference in the end as what you invest in. Numerous studies have shown how high and occasionally predatory investment fees chip away at our earnings year after year, often unnoticed. […]

Watch These 10 Famous College Commencement Speeches for a Boost of Inspiration

Every year, college graduates get the opportunity to enjoy commencement speeches from some of the biggest names in art, religion, sports, business, and every other conceivable niche. Over the years, lucky graduates have been able to hear impassioned calls to action by Gloria Steinem, encouragement to be original from Ralph Waldo Emerson, and even a plea for world peace from president John F. […]

Watch These 10 Famous College Commencement Speeches for a Boost of Inspiration

Every year, college graduates get the opportunity to enjoy commencement speeches from some of the biggest names in art, religion, sports, business, and every other conceivable niche. Over the years, lucky graduates have been able to hear impassioned calls to action by Gloria Steinem, encouragement to be original from Ralph Waldo Emerson, and even a plea for world peace from president John F. […]

Inspiration from Casey Brown, C. S. Lewis, Michele Sullivan, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. […]