• Review: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing

    I’ll admit to picking up this book solely because of the title. I’ll also admit that I decided to read and review this book solely because I opened it to a random page, read a paragraph, and laughed – something I basically never do with a personal finance book. It shouldn’t be too surprising to …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: The Sportswriter Edition

    A reader asked me recently what I’m reading, so I thought I’d mention it here. Since I now have the final piece in the trilogy, I’ve started rereading Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe novels, starting with The Sportswriter. It’s one of those novels that at the same time frustrated me and engrossed me – which, to …

  • The One Hour Project: Dig Into Your Job Benefits

    This post is part of The One Hour Project, in which you can spend just one hour to put your finances in a better place without a big lifestyle change, through frugality or other financial choices. When I first got my job, I pretty much paid minimal attention to the benefits that were available to …

  • How I Practice Voluntary Simplicity

    Recently, I read the Get Rich Slowly review of the book Voluntary Simplicity. J.D. didn’t like the book very much at all, while I recalled it being pretty interesting, so I went back and re-read it. Voluntary Simplicity is pretty light on the specific details (and a bit over the top with New Age type …

  • The Five College Classes I Took That Were Actually Worth My Time And Money

    When I look back at my college experience, I realize that almost all of the classes directly tied to my major had almost nothing to do with what I ended up doing with my life. Instead, they mostly served to show that I was adaptable and could repeatedly apply basic ideas – which is fine, …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: New Baby Tiredness Edition

    The exhiliration of the new baby has worn off a bit, leaving us all really exhausted around here. Even my toddler son is feeling it, as he’s sleeping in a bit later this week. 7 Prudent Things To Do With Small Windfalls Please, if you get an inheritance, please don’t just blow it! Do something …

  • The One Hour Project: Create A Visual Debt Reminder

    This post is part of The One Hour Project, in which you can spend just one hour to put your finances in a better place without a big lifestyle change, through frugality or other financial choices. Keeping your focus on getting out of debt can be a challenge for some people. It’s so incredibly easy …

  • Does Cooking At Home Really Beat The McDonalds $1 Double Cheeseburger?

    This is a question I had from a reader (we’ll get to the double cheeseburger in a minute): My question is about budgeting for food. I’ll be starting my first real job soon so I’m setting up a list of monthly expenses. I haven’t yet lived on my own, so I don’t have a good …

  • Money Magazine – September 2007

    After missing out on the August issue due to the move, I finally received my September issue of Money in the mail. The cover story, The Best Stuff At The Best Price, indicates one of those consumer-oriented Money articles that makes me roll my eyes, but the other articles on the front page hint at …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Announcing The Simple Dollar Book Club

    One idea that I’ve had churning about inside of me for a while now is the idea of starting an online book club for personal finance books. After mulling over the idea for months and looking at various ways of doing it, I’ve decided to give it a shot. So consider this an announcement of …

  • The One Hour Project: Discover And Catalog Free Events In Your Community

    This post is part of The One Hour Project, in which you can spend just one hour to put your finances in a better place without a big lifestyle change, through frugality or other financial choices. Almost everyone loves to get out of the house sometimes and do stuff. The only problem is that many …

  • The Good And Bad Of Microsoft Money And Quicken – And Why I Usually Point People Towards A Spreadsheet Instead

    Perhaps the most common question I get from readers is what about Microsoft Money and/or Quicken? Do I recommend them to people, and if so, which one of the two do I really recommend? First of all, Money and Quicken are both excellent packages for what they do. If you want to track your personal …

  • Personal Finance And Nostalgia

    My wife has an enormous collection of Breyer horses, most of which are still in their original packaging. She began collecting them when she was seven and was still adding new ones to her collection as late as her college years. Currently, this Breyer horse collection resides in several large storage containers that have largely …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Frugal Haircut Edition

    Later today, I’m going to attempt to cut my own hair. Why? I want to see if it works, and if it’s too bad, I’ll go to the barbershop and have him trim it up quite short. Mostly, I am just insanely curious about trying things for myself that I regularly pay others to do. …

  • The One Hour Project: Cleanse Your Monthly Bills

    This post is part of The One Hour Project, in which you can spend just one hour to put your finances in a better place without a big lifestyle change, through frugality or other financial choices. One thing that continuously saps away personal finance growth is monthly bills, particularly those where you don’t actually use …

  • Starting Out And Overcoming A Financially Disastrous Background

    Another financial story that really intrigued me recently was this one, from a person who wishes to remain anonymous (so we’ll call him/her Anonymous): My parents are immigrants/refugees from Vietnam. When they arrived here in Australia, they both took jobs and lived an extremely frugal lifestyle, sending all savings to my mother’s side of the …

  • (Just Like) Starting Over

    Over the last day or two, I’ve been going through the piles of email that have built up since the birth of my daughter and found a few stories worth sharing, which I’ll be sharing today and (maybe) tomorrow. Here’s the first one, from Amy: I am thirty years old, college educated, and a certified …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Settling In With Baby Edition

    So, my daughter is now a week old and some routines are finally starting to appear at home. Now there are four of us. Half of the people in this house wear diapers. Mutual Funds For Wise Bloggers This is a very solid one-shot introduction to the world of mutual funds. My general advice is …

  • Review: On Writing Well

    Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. One of the biggest parts of being a knowledge worker is knowing how to communicate that knowledge well to others. This is true for everyone from the CEO down to the low-level office staff, from programmers to marketers – in other words, …