The Simple Dollar

Simple, applicable personal finance advice for the modern world.

Profile of The Simple Dollar

Latest Posts from The Simple Dollar (page 9)

Should You Tell Your Kids About Your Debt?

When and how should you tell your kids that your family is in debt? Photo: Gordon Parenting is a no easy task, as you already know. […]

Questions About Japan, Notebooks, Credit Counseling, Roth IRAs, and More!

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. Short term pay boost 2. Taking advantage of the dollar 3. The value of credit counseling 4. Thoughts on Todoist 5. When NOT to use Roth? 6. Retire where it’s cheap? 7. Going carless 8. I can pay it off! 9. Always afraid 10. […]

How to Start Your Own Insurance Business

Insurance is a good business to be in, but it comes with some unique considerations. Photo: P. Maillet Looking for a recession-proof business? Insurance is one of those industries that is largely untroubled by the state of the economy. The reason is that most insurance products are necessary part of modern life. […]

How to Start Your Own Insurance Business

Insurance is a good business to be in, but it comes with some unique considerations. Photo: P. Maillet Looking for a recession-proof business? Insurance is one of those industries that is largely untroubled by the state of the economy. The reason is that most insurance products are necessary part of modern life. […]

Cyber Insurance for Your Business

Cyber crimes, and insurance policies against them, come in many forms. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski The saying “crime doesn’t pay” is intended to caution would-be criminals that the reward is not worth the risk. And for the most part, it’s true: The average act of grand larceny in 2013 netted about $1,260, according to the FBI. […]

Cyber Insurance for Your Business

Cyber crimes, and insurance policies against them, come in many forms. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski The saying “crime doesn’t pay” is intended to caution would-be criminals that the reward is not worth the risk. And for the most part, it’s true: The average act of grand larceny in 2013 netted about $1,260, according to the FBI. […]

Tips to Maximize Kitchen Storage Space

Cramped kitchen quarters? Elevate. Get your pots and pans, knives, mugs, and large utensils out of the cabinets and onto the wall. Photo: Ikea Need more space in your kitchen? No problem at all! […]

Tips to Maximize Kitchen Storage Space

Cramped kitchen quarters? Elevate. Get your pots and pans, knives, mugs, and large utensils out of the cabinets and onto the wall. Photo: Ikea Need more space in your kitchen? No problem at all! […]

How to Deal with the High Cost of Children’s Sports

Football, baseball, and hockey are among the most expensive sports to enroll your kids in. Photo: Brian McDermott After much thought and consideration, my husband and I decided that it is finally time to get our kids started in a few sports and activities this year. […]

Inspiration from Van Gogh, Future Jobs, Teddy Roosevelt, 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. Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh This has always been one of my favorite paintings. For years, I kept a poster of it on my bedroom wall above my bed so that I could gaze at it each night before I fell asleep. […]