Frugal Garage Shelving: How To Build Sturdy Shelves In The Garage For Mere Pennies

My wife purchased a set of Gorilla z-beam shelving for $60 recently. We assembled this shelving unit and found it to be quite sturdy and


A Great Example Of Why “Better Returns” Are Often Not All They’re Cracked Up To Be

In a recent post about starting a savings account for a newborn, Jeremy Joslin left the following comment: I’m doing this for a best friend’s

Review: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. I’ve written before concerning the positive effect that Dale Carnegie’s more famous

The Scoop On Volumetrics

A significant number of readers have requested that I post a detailed discussion of my experiences using the Volumetric weight control plan, so here goes.


How I Build And Use A Price Book

About a week ago, I made an offhand mention of a price book in my detailed review of The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I compressed several


The New Person At Work Is Getting Paid More Than I Am! How Can I Handle It?

Bea wrote in with the following story: I work at a small office and we have lost two employees this year….one left for more salary


Starting A Savings Account For Your Newborn

Last night, I was at a party for several homes in our neighborhood and I had a long conversation with a couple who were completely


Seven Ways To Save Money While Cooperating With Your Neighbors – And How To Get Started

One of the biggest untapped resources for frugality is one’s neighbors. If you have a good relationship with your neighbors, the frugal benefits for both

Understanding Stock Options: A Brief Look

A reader (whose identity shall remain secret) writes: I had a question about stock options that I was hoping you could answer. I work for

Review: The Overspent American

The vast majority of Americans are trapped in a cycle of “work and spend” and simply don’t know how to escape. We’re surrounded by an


How To Invest 50 Million Dollars (After Taxes)?

A reader wrote to me recently and asked how I would invest $50 million after taxes. At first, I assumed this was a hypothetical question,


Freshly Graduated And About To Get A New Job? Here Are Seven Things To Do To Get Started On The Right Financial Path

In the last few days, a bevy of recent college graduates about to enter the workforce have written to me and asked what they should


Reflections On Being A New Homeowner

I moved into my new home almost a month ago and the period has given me time to reflect on my new status as a


When Debt Forces You To Stay At An Untenable Job

Will wrote in with this terrible lament: My boss keeps ratcheting up the hours that have to be worked and it has reached the point

What’s In My Wallet? Two Credit Cards I Actually Use

Over the last few weeks, several people have written to me asking about the credit cards that I actually use. I use two of them,

A Guide To Setting And Reaching A Net Worth Goal

A few months ago, I discussed the crossover point, the dollar amount you need so that proceeds from your investments exceed your living expenses. Here’s