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The Best Travel Credit Card for Your 2014 Vacation

As my wife and I were looking at our schedules and budgeting for our 2014 vacations, I thought about what might be the best travel credit card to open. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

The clock shift in the spring is almost always difficult on our family. However, this year showed us a great little trick that really helped with the switch. It turned out that Sunday – the day after our clocks moved forward an hour – was a really nice day outside. We spent quite a few hours outside during the day. […]

Walking the Tightrope

I was really affected by this story about Travonn Barnett, a young man working for $10 an hour as a security guard and struggling deeply with his money. When you figure up the numbers, he’s walking a financial tightrope every day. […]

The Distraction Sheet

There are many moments in my professional and personal life when I need to bear down and concentrate for a little while. I need to write an article. I need to do my taxes. I need to finish a book chapter. I need to review my investments. When I’m doing these things, I don’t want to be interrupted. Interruption disrupts my train of thought. […]

Don’t Let Your Investments Get Spooked by World Events

Over the past few weeks, the world has watched as events have unfolded in the Crimean peninsula. Will Crimea be allowed to secede and join Russia? Will there be a civil war? Will other nations be dragged into the situation? All of this has tumbled right onto the investment pages. […]

Reader Mailbag: Civil Disobedience in Toddlers

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. Personal loan question 2. Everyone else has more money 3. Spice question 4. Child credit question 5. Huge warehouse club bills 6. Miserable at well-paying job 7. Credit card dilemma 8. Cost of living overwhelming me 9. […]

A Deeper Look at Dave Ramsey’s Seven Baby Steps

I would estimate that as many as 10% of the emails I receive from readers reference the books, classes, or radio shows of Dave Ramsey. […]

The Last Bit in the Container

It happens over and over again in life. You’re using a tube of toothpaste and you’ve used enough so that it’s becoming difficult to squeeze out the remainder. You’re eating a bag of chips and all that’s left are a bunch of crumbs at the bottom. You turn over your shampoo bottle to get a little for your hair and find that it’s not coming out very fast at all. The container’s almost empty. […]

A Great Weekend

My three year old son loves to cuddle with me first thing in the morning. He’ll climb into bed, find a warm spot next to me, and then lay there for a while. He’ll whisper things in my ear and squirm around, but he mostly lays still and sometimes dozes a little bit. […]