01.15.07

What Do I Need To Retire? A Simple Way To Calculate Your Number

Quite often, I’ve been asked by my relatives how I have such confidence in my esitmation of what I’ll need to retire. I told them

Ten Ways To Avoid Financially Irresponsible Buying

In this modern era, we are surrounded by an almost infinite opportunities to spend money – and an almost infinite number of enticements to take

01.15.07

31 Days To Fix Your Finances, Day 15: Coming In Under Budget And An Emergency Fund

The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. When you

01.15.07

5 Big Questions For First Time Home Buyers #1: How Do I Get Started?

As I begin the process of locating and buying my first home, my mind is loaded with questions. This week, I’m answering the five biggest

The Wealthy Barber: Overview

This week, The Simple Dollar takes a look at David Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber, a uniquely-written personal finance guide that has found its way onto

01.14.07

The Money Savvy Pig and My Son’s Allowance

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to teach my son about money. I’ve looked at a lot of different resources that could teach

01.14.07

31 Days To Fix Your Finances, Day 14: Get Rid Of Debts (Slowly But Surely)

The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. Yesterday, we

01.14.07

Why Anything Other Than Term Insurance Is A Mistake

I recently had a heart-to-heart with my parents where I convinced them to cash in a whole life insurance policy that they bought for me

01.13.07

Mother Jones: This Guy Can Get 59 MPG in a Plain Old Accord

I was reading the latest issue of Mother Jones magazine when I stumbled across an article entitled This Guy Can Get 59 MPG in a

01.13.07

31 Days To Fix Your Finances, Day 13: Pay For Your Dreams First

The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. Yesterday, we

Are Personal Finance Blogs A Suitable Replacement For Financial Books And Magazines?

Here’s a loaded question that I was asked yesterday during an IM chat with a reader of The Simple Dollar. I gave a quick response

Review: The Number

This week, The Simple Dollar takes a look at Lee Eisenberg’s The Number, a frank, well-written, and entertaining book that addresses the one number that

When Your Investment Income Covers Your Living Expenses

About a month and a half ago, I read Your Money or Your Life and found it to be a relevatory experience (check out my

01.12.07

31 Days To Fix Your Finances, Day 12: A Flexible “Budget” That Reflects Your Reality

The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. Today is

It’s Not Just Another Raise: Turning That Cost Of Living Increase Into Your Dreams

At the start of 2007, many Americans received a welcome addition to their paycheck: a cost of living raise. This raise is a small percentage

The Number: Buy or Don’t Buy?

This week, The Simple Dollar takes a look at Lee Eisenberg’s The Number, a frank, well-written, and entertaining book that addresses the one number that

01.11.07

Another Approach To Retirement Planning: Balancing A Retirement Target Fund Myself

Regular readers of The Simple Dollar are aware that I’m going through the process of starting my Roth IRA. For those unaware, so far I’ve

01.11.07

Afraid To Talk About Money With Your Spouse? Ten Tips For “The Talk”

For the longest time, my biggest obstacle to financial success was simply discussing matters with my wife. Money was the most uncomfortable subject between the

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