Month: May 2014

Rewriting Money’s 25 Rules: A Summary

Five weeks ago, I began the process of analyzing and rewriting Money Magazine’s 25 Rules to Grow Rich By as an exercise in examining the fundamentals behind some of the often-repeated statements on how to get ahead financially. Below, you’ll find the rewritten list of rules. Each rule is linked to an article that describes …

Categories: Money

#25: Warranties

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Should I Buy Warranties on Electronics? Rule #25: When you shop for electronics, don’t …

Categories: Money

Your Money or Your Life: Buy or Don’t Buy?

This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of the personal finance philosophy title Your Money or Your Life. This book looks at a whole-life approach to the relationship between a person and his money and applies a nine step process to fleshing out this relationship. Do these methods work? Let’s dig in …

Categories: Books and Reading

Building a Better Blog: Don’t Give Up

At some point, we all get disheartened with blogging. Maybe we feel out of touch with the readers, or maybe it’s simply a matter of level or slightly falling traffic. Maybe it’s just a sense of isolation and disinterest in the topic. This is perhaps the most important period in the life of your blog, …

Categories: Blogging

Facts About Car Title Loans & Rent To Owns

Yesterday, a local talk radio show did a segment on the ethics behind car title loans and rent-to-owns. The host, one J. Michael McKoy, argued that such services are vital for low income families, while his more sensible sidekick was arguing vehemently against them. The callers were a motley crew of various opinions, as you …

Shakespeare Has Insights On Everything – Why Not Money?

I’ve always loved the writings of William Shakespeare, ever since I first read Hamlet in eighth grade. Since then, I’ve read almost everything by The Bard, excepting some of the sonnets, and I’ve enjoyed both the famous and the obscure. The breadth of topics tackled by Shakespeare is large, so I recently wondered what thoughts …

Categories: Books and Reading

#24: Frequent Flier Miles

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #24: Don’t redeem frequent-flier miles unless you can get more than a dollar’s …

Categories: Money, Travel

Your Money or Your Life: The Final Three Steps

This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of the personal finance philosophy title Your Money or Your Life. This book looks at a whole-life approach to the relationship between a person and his money and applies a nine step process to fleshing out this relationship. Do these methods work? Let’s dig in …

Categories: Books and Reading

Building a Better Blog: Money Doesn’t Matter

This seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it? On a series on professional blogging on a personal finance site, I’m writing that money doesn’t matter? What gives? The truth is that many people dream about becoming professional bloggers, but after blogging for a month, they peek at their AdSense account, see they’ve only earned $1.03, and …

Categories: Blogging

Live Like You Were Dying

So many of us have imagined what we would do with our lives if we had just one year to live. Most of these fantasies involve quitting a job, spending time with loved ones, and traveling around the world. What’s keeping you from doing this right now? Debt? Responsibilities? Don’t know? Don’t worry, you’re not …

The Wal-Mart Question

Many of my friends refuse to shop at Wal-Mart for various reasons. Here’s a quote from a recent email I received on this very topic (which I’m fairly sure originated with a consumer advocacy group): Wal-Mart’s prices aren’t lower. For one month, a newspaper in Arkansas tested the prices of 6 Wal-Marts against other stores. …

Categories: Shopping

#23: Airline Tickets

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. What’s the Best Way to Buy Airline Tickets? Rule #23: Buy airline tickets early …

Categories: Money, Travel

Your Money or Your Life: The Second Three Steps

This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of the personal finance philosophy title Your Money or Your Life. This book looks at a whole-life approach to the relationship between a person and his money and applies a nine step process to fleshing out this relationship. Do these methods work? Let’s dig in …

Categories: Books and Reading

Building a Better Blog: The Content Comes First

When you have a static page, it’s fine to have plenty of ads on it. People visit static pages because there’s some piece of information there that they need. They’ve bookmarked it and will return only when they need that specific piece of information, at which time it is worth it for them to dodge …

Categories: Blogging

Simple Money Management Steps

One of the first money management steps I took when I reached financial armageddon was to take on my credit cards. I was paying hundreds of dollars each month in finance charges and it had to stop or else I would never get out of debt. I didn’t really want to go to a credit …

Does eMusic Really Save Money?

I enjoy listening to music as I write (especially this album, the greatest thing I’ve ever heard). I love listening to complete albums, cohesive pieces by artists that can go on for an hour or more. I’ll listen to pretty much everything, too, from electronic to pop to jazz to rock. For a long time, …

The First Christmas Present You Should Buy

Every year, we find ourselves drowning in a giant orgy of gift-giving. We buy and buy physical items that we give to our family and friends, hoping to see a big smile on their face and a warm embrace. For me, my weakness is children; I tend to want to buy them a present that …

Categories: Home and Life, Shopping

#22: Gadgets

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #22: Resist the urge to buy the latest computer or other gadget as …

Categories: Money

Your Money or Your Life: The First Three Steps

This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of the personal finance philosophy title Your Money or Your Life. This book looks at a whole-life approach to the relationship between a person and his money and applies a nine step process to fleshing out this relationship. Do these methods work? Let’s dig in …

Categories: Books and Reading