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Inspiration from Epictetus, Rhiannon Giddens, Jerome Segal, 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. Epictetus on anger “Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. […]

Education versus Job Training and Preparing Your Children

As my two oldest children have started to enter their teen years, we’ve begun giving them more and more responsibilities and more and more freedoms. We’ve also been having lots of conversations about what the future might hold for them. Will they go to college? What might they study? What are they interested in? […]

The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Simple Living Is Thought to Make Us Happier

This is the third entry in an eight-part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. If you’re new to the series, feel free to hop back to the first entry. For most people in the Western world today, seeking out some degree of happiness in life is a major life goal. […]

Seven Home Improvement Projects It Pays Not to Postpone

You may think you have all the time in the world to make repairs to your home, but your property has other ideas. After my wife and I bought our first house five years ago, we began building a subconscious triage list of issues and potential repairs and started addressing them as best we could. […]

Seven Home Improvement Projects It Pays Not to Postpone

You may think you have all the time in the world to make repairs to your home, but your property has other ideas. After my wife and I bought our first house five years ago, we began building a subconscious triage list of issues and potential repairs and started addressing them as best we could. […]

The Value of Making Little Experiences Meaningful

There’s a little ice cream shop near where we live that serves some really delicious ice cream. I’m not sure if they make it in their shop or whether they buy it from a vendor, but whatever the case may be, it’s incredibly rich and creamy stuff. Naturally, our kids love the place, especially on summer evenings when it’s warm out but not unpleasantly hot. […]

15 (or So) Simple and Extremely Practical Strategies for Saving Money and Improving Your Life

Over the last several years since I started The Simple Dollar, I’ve found myself trying out literally thousands of money and time and energy-saving strategies in order to seek out the best “bang for the buck” life that I can have. Some tips just didn’t work at all. […]

15 (or So) Simple and Extremely Practical Strategies for Saving Money and Improving Your Life

Over the last several years since I started The Simple Dollar, I’ve found myself trying out literally thousands of money and time and energy-saving strategies in order to seek out the best “bang for the buck” life that I can have. Some tips just didn’t work at all. Other tips were okay – saving a little bit of money or time or energy, but not resulting in a big win. […]

What to Know When Adding a Teen Driver to Your Car Insurance Policy

Older people just love generalizing about younger generations, but there’s one stereotype that is painfully true: Young people are terrible at driving. […]

What to Know When Adding a Teen Driver to Your Car Insurance Policy

Older people just love generalizing about younger generations, but there’s one stereotype that is painfully true: Young people are terrible at driving. […]