Month: May 2014

Review: The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need

I first picked up a ragged old copy of this book at a used book sale, but since then it keeps popping up over and over again. This week, I’ll review chapter by chapter the latest revision of this personal finance classic (it was first printed in 1978, which means it’s had a much longer …

Five Minute Finances #15: Wash Your Hands

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Does the title surprise you? It shouldn’t. The financial costs associated with germs spread by hand-to-hand and hand-to-face contact numbers …

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need: Buy or Don’t Buy?

I first picked up a ragged old copy of this book at a used book sale, but since then it keeps popping up over and over again. This week, I’ll review chapter by chapter the latest revision of this personal finance classic (it was first printed in 1978, which means it’s had a much longer …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: French Fries Edition

I’m sitting here eating homemade french fries and finishing up the book proposal. Mmm… here are a few more tasty links. A Tricky Net Worth Problem: Who Is The Richest Of Them All? Exposes the falseness of this rule of thumb: “Multiply your age times your realized pretax annual household income from all sources except …

Categories: Morning Roundup

17 Essential Tips For Getting That Dream Job

You’ve just walked out the door at college and now you’re seeking a great job, one that will build the foundations of a long-term career. Or, you’re looking to move on to new challenges in life and are looking for a position that fulfills you. No matter what the reason, hunting for a job can …

Categories: Careers

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need: Family Planning and the Rest

I first picked up a ragged old copy of this book at a used book sale, but since then it keeps popping up over and over again. This week, I’ll review chapter by chapter the latest revision of this personal finance classic (it was first printed in 1978, which means it’s had a much longer …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Proposal Progress Edition

The proposal is pulling together really well. At this point, I’m going to show it to a couple people and ask for input, polish it a bit, and then ship it out. I’m really happy with where this is going. Now for some personal finance resources… The Good Stuff: Choosing Quality Over Price As I’ve …

Categories: Morning Roundup

Five Minute Finances #14: Set A Tangible Savings Goal – And A Reminder Of That Goal

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. One big factor for saving money that many people miss out on is motivation. For me, constant reminders of what …

The Simple Dollar Guide To Shaving

Several people have written me in the last month asking how I shave (assuming that I do it in a somewhat frugal fashion) or offering suggestions on how to save money by shaving frugally. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I place a high value on personal appearance, so I feel it’s appropriate to get …

Categories: Advice, Frugality

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need: The Stock Market

I first picked up a ragged old copy of this book at a used book sale, but since then it keeps popping up over and over again. This week, I’ll review chapter by chapter the latest revision of this personal finance classic (it was first printed in 1978, which means it’s had a much longer …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Wild Wednesday Edition

I decided to go for the “giant” book rather than the small one, because it’s easier to make cuts than think of additions. I’m going to do much of the framework assembly today, transforming a ton of notes into some sort of structure for a single book. Wish me luck. Here are two personal finance …

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Graduating In May? Seven Money Things To Do During Your Last Semester

Recently, I’ve received a small deluge of emails from upcoming college (and high school) graduates that all have the same theme: The real world is coming! Help! For one thing, if they’re bothering to read a site like The Simple Dollar, they’re already way ahead of the game, but there are still a few things …

Categories: Getting Started

By Request: Five Essential Crock Pot Recipes

It is said that blogging is a conversation between bloggers and their readers, and hopefully it is never more evident than it is with this post. A few weeks ago, a cadre of my readers basically demanded that I post a listing of my ten favorite crock pot recipes as a solution to saving money …

Categories: Food

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need: Minimal Risk

I first picked up a ragged old copy of this book at a used book sale, but since then it keeps popping up over and over again. This week, I’ll review chapter by chapter the latest revision of this personal finance classic (it was first printed in 1978, which means it’s had a much longer …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Tuesday Blues Edition

One day in and the book proposal isn’t going quite as smoothly as I would have hoped. I’m having a hard time finding a happy medium between a hundred page pseudo-pamphlet and a 900 page phone book. Here are a few more great personal finance resources. How Our Estate Plan Is Structured A primer on …

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What A Sick Child Taught Me About Personal Finance

This past weekend, my toddler-aged son got terribly ill. He spent two days being shaky, vomiting on a nearly hourly basis, sleeping, laying around lethargically, and basically being completely miserable. As I held him, my mind wandered through my various feelings for him and for the situation we were in, and I realized a few …

Categories: Parenting

Five Minute Finances #13: Sign Up For A Free Customer Rewards Program

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. In the past, I discussed how you can do very well with the Borders Rewards program, but the effectiveness of …

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need: Overview

I first picked up a ragged old copy of this book at a used book sale, but since then it keeps popping up over and over again. This week, I’ll review chapter by chapter the latest revision of this personal finance classic (it was first printed in 1978, which means it’s had a much longer …

The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Little Announcement Edition

This week is going to be a little slow around here, because I’m taking a breather to put together a new endeavor: a formal book proposal. An editor from a large publishing house has asked me to assemble a book proposal of sorts using the 31 Days to Fix Your Finances series as a starting …

Categories: Morning Roundup