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Questions About Walking Shoes, Bad Hotels, Credit Reports, Self-Discipline, 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. Hating my career 2. Driving car “into the ground” 3. Buying citrus fruit in bulk 4. Good men’s walking shoes 5. Credit Karma and identity 6. Earning a 10% return 7. Making good times bad 8. […]

Should You Count on Social Security as Part of Your Retirement Plan?

It’s pretty common for new clients to tell me that they’re not counting on Social Security as part of their retirement plan. And it’s easy to understand why. For years now we’ve been told that Social Security is unsustainable. […]

Should You Count on Social Security as Part of Your Retirement Plan?

It’s pretty common for new clients to tell me that they’re not counting on Social Security as part of their retirement plan. And it’s easy to understand why. For years now we’ve been told that Social Security is unsustainable. […]

Free Fun: Six Ways Your Local Park Can Save You Money This Summer

When I first started trying to get my finances under control, I read just about every personal finance blog. Almost all of them contain a loving paean to their local public library. They do that a for good reason! Libraries are amazing resources and offer a lot of free entertainment. […]

Free Fun: Six Ways Your Local Park Can Save You Money This Summer

When I first started trying to get my finances under control, I read just about every personal finance blog. Almost all of them contain a loving paean to their local public library. They do that a for good reason! Libraries are amazing resources and offer a lot of free entertainment. […]

The Struggle to Find Meaning and Purpose in Financial Progress

When I go back and read some of the earliest articles I wrote for The Simple Dollar, I see someone truly enjoying the process of discovery of new frugal tactics and financial strategies. Don’t get me wrong, I still love finding new techniques, but when I was first starting out, all of the ideas were new to me. All of the strategies were new to me. […]

The Struggle to Find Meaning and Purpose in Financial Progress

When I go back and read some of the earliest articles I wrote for The Simple Dollar, I see someone truly enjoying the process of discovery of new frugal tactics and financial strategies. Don’t get me wrong, I still love finding new techniques, but when I was first starting out, all of the ideas were new to me. All of the strategies were new to me. […]

The Value of the Roadside Attraction

This summer, my family and I are going on a lengthy road trip vacation through the South, touching the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, and possibly portions of Alabama and Missouri. […]

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite MasterCard® Review

When Barclaycard rebranded to “Barclays” and announced they would offer a new travel credit card earlier this year, rewards enthusiasts were ecstatic. The new would offer 2x miles on all purchases like its predecessor, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®. […]

The Wisdom of Frugality: What Is Simplicity?

This is the first entry in an eight-part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. When I first read The Wisdom of Frugality two years ago, shortly after its publication, I was struck more than anything about the depth of the connection between philosophy and frugality. […]