The Real Reason So Many Personal Finance Gurus Encourage A Written Budget

If you’ve ever read many personal finance advice books, you’ll find that the vast majority of them encourage the reader to make up a formal


Financial Freedom Is Making Me Rethink My Life

It was last April, a year ago now, that I really suffered the worst of my financial meltdown, and I finally woke up to the


How to Eat Healthy on the Cheap

This Sunday, I read a very interesting article in the New York Times about the reason that processed “energy dense” foods are less expensive than

Is Paying Off Debt With a Windfall a Good Idea?

In response to an earlier post on uses for a tax return, Dustin wrote: I noticed that you didn’t have “Pay off debt” as one


The Economics of Speeding, or How I Got A Ticket This Morning

This morning, on my way to drop my son off at daycare, I was pulled over for speeding (61 in a 55) on an empty


Cloth Diapering: Does It Save Enough Money To Be Worth The Extra Effort?

My wife’s best friend is a very strong environmentalist – in fact, she’s often the inspiration for the more green-tinged posts on The Simple Dollar.


Tax Refund: 10 Things To Do & 5 Things Not To Do

Tax season is finally over, and millions of Americans will receive checks in the mail in the coming weeks from the IRS. Although I do

The Simple Dollar Giveaway #4: Five Free Books!

This week, in celebration of The Simple Dollar’s impending six month anniversary (on April 30), I am giving away five top personal finance books to


A Frugal Project For A Warm Saturday Afternoon: Starting Your Own Tomato Plant

I used to live in a very small apartment in the city, and I was very poor. One way I saved money was by growing


The Cost and Benefits of Installing a Windmill

Are you thinking of going seriously green? Are you willing to invest some serious money up front in order to reap the benefits in the


Detailing My Computer Consulting Business From A To Z: Getting Started, Advertising, Networking, And So On

A small cavalcade of readers wanted to know more about my side computer consulting business, including how I got started, how I advertised for and


All Things In Moderation, Or Why You Shouldn’t Take All Of The Advice At The Simple Dollar

Recently, a reader contacted me via instant messenger and expressed some deep sadness as a result of reading and trying to do the things she


Here’s My Experience With A Side Business. What’s Yours?

Recently, a reader wrote to me asking the following: I would love to know how many of your readers supplement their incomes with side work,

Remember This Earlier Post? Finishing Up A Wall Street Lesson From Ben Stein

A little over a month ago, in late February and early March, the stock market in the United States took an 8% hit in a


Money Magazine – May 2007

The May 2007 issue of Money Magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday, and as I was at home dealing with my sore throat, I had


Frugal Ways Of Dealing With A Sore Throat And Cold

For the last few days, I’ve been combating the worst sore throat I’ve ever had in my life. It’s been so bad that it’s also


Finding Your Dream House – And Trying To Convince Yourself You Can’t Quite Afford It

My wife and I have been doing some house hunting in our area lately. We have been watching the real estate fliers carefully and have

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