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The Financial Decision of a Lifetime: Should I Have Children?

As I write this, I’m sitting in the overstuffed chair in our living room waiting for my three children to get off the bus, as they will at some point in the next hour or so (their bus driver seems to stop along the route and shout at the kids to be quiet sometimes, so their exact drop-off time varies). […]

Questions About Buying Local, Market Timing, Philosophy, Beards, 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. Next steps in life turnaround 2. Overseas concerns 3. Buying local for the holidays 4. Making basic investment choices 5. Market timing or not? 6. Thinking about 2017 goals 7. […]

The Food Freeze: How We Avoided the Grocery Store for More Than Two Weeks

A few months ago, I peeked in our pantry and freezer to take stock of what we had before hitting the store. What I found shocked me. I don’t know when or why it happened, but both spots were bulging at the seams. In the freezer, I had accumulated frozen vegetables galore, frozen blueberries leftover from summer, and some random prepared foods (mostly breakfast stuff and veggie burgers). […]

Inspiration from Galileo, John McWhorter, Robert Louis Stevenson, 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. Galileo on learning “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” – Galileo At first, I thought this quote was silly. […]

How to Get a Cheap Rental Car

For most people, the vacation planning hierarchy goes flight, hotel, then vehicle. […]

31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 16): Trimming Your Spending – Education and Miscellany

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we continued looking at the average American family budget, going through each category and examining how one could trim the cost of typical expenses in that category. […]

Three Things NOT to Do at Your Year-End Performance Review

The end of the year is performance-review time at many companies, which means that you’re probably reading this in between frantically reacquainting yourself with your goals for 2016, and wondering how to persuade your boss to give you a raise. If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a deep breath. […]