Slowing Down, or Starting on My Dreams

After communicating with many of my readers and doing some soul-searching, I’ve decided to somewhat slow down the posting frequency on The Simple Dollar, starting


The “Seed Money” Idea: A Different Way of Looking at Saving for Your Child’s Future

A few days ago, I had lunch with a person in the local community whose opinion I respect quite a bit. He has two adult

When All Hope Seems Lost…

No matter how careful you are, there may come a time where enough bad events happen that you simply cannot afford your bills any longer.


Kids, Christmas, and Frugality

If you check your calendar, you’ll note that Christmas is just five weeks away, which for many of us means that planning has already begun.


A Two Checking Account System: Why It Works For Me

Over the past several months, I’ve started to really bank on a system of two checking accounts for my personal use, a system that has

Dealing With Shame About Your Personal Finances (And Anything Else)

When I first started sinking into a mire of debt, I began to really feel ashamed of my actual financial state. I would avoid the

Information Organization 101: A Visual Guide

Over time, many, many readers have asked me how I keep myself organized and find the time to maintain The Simple Dollar, work a full

Review: The Paradox of Choice

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. The Paradox of Choice focuses in on an increasingly vital aspect of


Turn Off the Lights to Save Money…But How Much?

When I was young, my parents were adamant about turning off lights and were often rather upset with me if we’d leave on a two


How to Get Started Investing in Index Funds

For some of you, this topic will seem almost shockingly trivial, but I have received this question three times now and that, to me, means

Finding Motivation and Meaning in the Drudgery of Personal Finance

As passionate as I am about managing my own finances, I’ll be the first to admit that some of the tasks are rather dull to

7 Things You Can Do Right Now To Chase Your Dreams

My last post, on figuring out where I should go next with my lfe, drew an outpouring of great comments and a lot of emails


Piecing Through A Major Life Decision

Right now, I’m sitting at a crossroads as to the future direction of my career and, by extension, my life. The Decision Throughout my life,

The Personal Finance of Fear – And Why I Reject It

Quite often, I get suggestions from readers to review personal finance books that are promoted with a strong theme of fear. For example, just today

Review: Getting a Life

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while. Getting a Life is

Seven Ways To Get Books For Free (Or Close To It)

After reading the summary lists of the 52 Personal Finance Books in 52 Weeks series, some of you out there are probably yearning to pick

52 Books, 52 Weeks: A Buyer’s Guide

After posting my final rankings of all of the books I’ve read in the past year, several readers wrote to me saying that several of


The Finances and Interactions of Alternative Living Arrangements

Recently, there has been some talk in our house of inviting my wife’s sister to live with us on a permanent basis (in fact, my

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