Specifying Goals – Using Myself As A Case Study

Earlier today, I wrote about techniques for defining personal finance goals that you can reach by making them as specific and as realistic as possible.

Making May An Ultra-Frugal Month

My wife and I have been talking a lot about making significant lifestyle changes related to frugality, and so we’ve decided to take a one

How To Define A Tangible, Reachable Personal Finance Goal

This week on The Simple Dollar is Goals Week. Many of the posts you’ll read are about defining personal finance goals (and other goals) that

The Simple Dollar’s Personal Productivity and Personal Development Book Review Series

Today, I initiated a weekly series of personal productivity / personal development book reviews here on The Simple Dollar. The reasons for doing this are

Review: The 4-Hour Workweek

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. Almost always, when I see a book with a title like The


The Big Switch: My Thoughts On Electric Orange After Moving My Primary Checking Account There

About a month ago, I switched my primary checking account from my local brick and mortar bank to ING Direct’s Electric Orange online checking. What


Starting an Electronic Financial Document System

Yesterday, I spent several hours setting up an electronic system to maintain most of my records instead of using a filing cabinet system as I

Charity: Why You Should Give Your Money Away

I’ve wanted to write this for a long time, but once again a reader of mine comes through. I received this question in an email

How I Learned The Real Meaning 0f “Six Months Same As Cash”

Shortly after my wife and I were married, we decided we needed to replace several pieces of furniture in our apartment. Our furniture at the

A New Rebalancing Strategy: A Change in Vanguard and a Clear Definition of the Goal

This morning, I happily talked about how Vanguard had changed their fee structure, which basically eliminated fees for me. Prior to this fee change, I


Don’t Fear The Higher Tax Bracket

One of my readers, Annie, writes: I am up for a promotion at work, but a coworker says that I shouldn’t try to get the

Review: Financial Peace Revisited

In the past, I reviewed Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover and, surprisingly to me, I quite liked it. It laid out a simple, straightforward


Bad Lessons My Parents Taught Me About Money

About a month ago, I wrote a piece called Lessons From Off the Grid, which described some of the good lessons about money that my


A Friend Of Mine Spends Less Than $10 A Year On His Hair. Here’s How.

I recently had a conversation with an old friend of mine about frugality and the choices that people make, and he made an off hand


Compound Interest Versus Inflation: The Battle For Your Money

Last week, I wrote a pretty harsh criticism of Spend Every Dime!, a Slate article that basically encouraged people not to save money because taxes


We Share A Joint Account… But I Don’t Trust My Partner’s Spending Habits

Marriage and finances can at times be a difficult mix. Each person has distinctly different experiences with money, and each person may have completely different

What, Why, and How I Read

This post isn’t strictly about personal finance; instead, it serves to answer a question that a lot of readers have asked me over the past

The Longest Night

Over at I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit is collecting stories about debt, and as the first anniversary of my financial armageddon approaches,