Remembering The Flood of 1993 And What It Taught Me

I grew up on the muddy banks of the Mississippi River; it was literally within eyeshot of my parents’ land. My father was a small-scale

Student Loans 101: What To Look For To Pay For College

I recently received this email from a reader: I need some Buyer Beware advice on how to choose a lender for a student loan with

Review: All Your Worth

When most people think of a personal finance book, they think of something similar to All Your Worth. At least it’s what I think of:

Magazine Subscriptions: Are They Worth It?

I currently subscribe to seven magazines: The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Mother Jones, Wired, Consumer Reports, and Money. That seems like a lot, but

Nine Tricks I Use To Keep Saving Money – And Not Spend It

It’s pretty easy to save money over a short period – just make a savings deposit and feel good about yourself, right? The real challenge


Money Versus Job Satisfaction

Over at Get Rich Slowly, J.D. wrote an interesting article about the relative importance of money and job satisfaction, which was itself a continuation of


The Simple Dollar’s Guide To Eyeglasses

I’ve worn eyeglasses since I was two years old, and while I was growing up, my eyeglasses were a pretty significant expense. Although my ophthalmologist


The Simple Dollar Talks Politics (Sort Of)

Although I usually avoid politics like the plague, I felt this was an important issue to address. Yesterday, one of my fellow personal finance bloggers


I Have No Debt. When Can I Live Off Investment Income?

A young, forward-thinking man wrote to me and asked this simple question: Right now, I’m twenty years old. I am willing to take a large

Dealing With The Stress of Buying a Home

Right now, my wife and I are waist-deep in the house buying process and it is pretty stressful for both of us. Buying a house


Five Ways To Break A Shopping Addiction – And Five Ways To Help Someone Else With Their Addiction

One of my wife’s closest friends is completely addicted to shopping, and unsurprisingly she spends a lot of time juggling credit card bills and dumping

The Value Of Facing Down Your Financial Fears

Recently, I was reading The 4-Hour Workweek and I tried out a mental exercise from the book. Basically, the objective is to make a list


Separating The “Wants” From The “Needs”

My wife and I have a monthly financial review meeting where we sit down with all of our bills, credit card statements, and so forth.

Personal Finance Books – From Best To Worst

The Simple Dollar has had an ongoing series of in-depth personal finance book reviews over the last six months as part of an ongoing 52

Review: Getting Things Done

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. From my perspective, David Allen’s Getting Things Done is the book on

Who Won The Six Books? What Personal Productivity / Development Books Were Recommended?

For Giveaway #4, I elected to give away five books. Here are the winners of these books. Ted L. won The 9 Steps to Financial

Handling Biweekly Pay Periods: What To Do During Those “Three Check” Months

At one point in my life, I was on a biweekly pay period schedule that occasionally caused me to be paid three times in a


Seven Inexpensive Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day

When I was younger, Mother’s Day would sneak up on me and I would often find myself scavening around Hallmark at the last minute, buying

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