The Simple Dollar Convinces Someone To Quit Their Job

This is a really interesting story that I thought I would share with all of you. I do have a few comments below, but I


The Results of an Ultra-Frugal May

At the start of the month, I announced that my wife and I were attempting an ultra-frugal month where we would try out a number


Defining The Middle Class Through Statistics: Upward And Downward Mobility

Today, I stumbled across a very interesting tool at the New York Times website that attempts to place you in one of five socioeconomic groups

I Just Doubled My Salary – What Do I Do With The Money?

A reader (let’s call him Ralph) wrote in with the following interesting situation (that has some parallels to my own): About a year ago my

My Kitchen Bookshelf

I am a huge proponent of cooking at home using as many basic ingredients as you can. Not only is it less expensive, it’s also


The “White Sheep” Syndrome: What To Do If You’re The Only Financially Sound Person In Your Family

About three weeks ago, I had a long conversation with an old family friend who finds herself in a situation something like my own. In


A Reader Has Interesting Reasons For Upgrading A Home

A reader (let’s call him Martin) wrote to me with an interesting scenario about his decision to upgrade his home: I am in my late


The Choices You Make, The Dollars You Make

After a weekend completely off of the internet and off of writing, I had some serious catch-up to do yesterday afternoon here at The Simple

Considering Lending Money to Friends? Take This Advise

About three weeks ago, I made the mistake of lending a small amount of money to a friend against my better judgement. This friend promised

Overcoming A Strong, Sudden Bad Spending Impulse

Yesterday morning, I went to a Target just as it opened looking for some baby wipes for my son. As I strolled through the store,


They Live On In Our Memories And How We Live Our Lives: Six Lessons Learned

On Memorial Day, I always find myself reflecting on relatives and friends who have passed away. I try to think of the things they’ve taught

Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was perhaps the personal development

Helping A Soldier Plan An Inexpensive Vacation

I received a very interesting note from a reader who really deserves a vacation: I’m in the Army National Guard, currently serving in Iraq. I

How To Get Past The “Keeping Up With The Joneses” Mentality

This weekend, we’re staying at an exquisite estate owned by relatives of my wife. It’s a gorgeous house, gorgeous land, and well-kept, too. In other


Cheap Food, Expensive Consequences: How To Keep Your Family Healthy And Safe Without Spending A Mint

Reading the news lately is like reading a litany of horror stories. Take this brief excerpt from the Washington Post: Dried apples preserved with a

Why I Can’t Stand Most Personal Finance Magazines

Every once in a while at the newsstand, I’ll pick up an issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance or SmartMoney, just to give myself something to


Planning Ahead For The Big Move – And Hoping To Save Money

Our house closes in a little more than a month, so we’re already thinking about moving, and being the frugal types we are, we’re trying

Review: The Random Walk Guide to Investing

Almost two months ago, I wrote a detailed review of Burton Malkiel’s investment classic A Random Walk Down Wall Street, which I quite liked. In

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