• Seven Quick Tips To Make Your Thanksigiving Dinner Cheaper, Tastier, and Faster

    Many of you are sitting there browsing The Simple Dollar but thinking about tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner and wondering how you can make it even better. Here are some quick tips you can add to your meal to make it cheaper, tastier, and perhaps a bit faster. For the first thirty minutes of cooking a turkey, …

  • 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 tomorrow. I know this announcement is going to please a lot of my readers who complained that I was moving too fast and that they couldn’t keep up with all …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Avoiding the Weather Edition

    Last night, we checked the weather and realized that if we waited until Wednesday for our long Thanksgiving holiday car trip, we might run into some seriously nasty weather, so we packed up things and headed out about sixteen hours early. It was a good move, I think, but I am dead tired right now. …

  • 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 children, only one of which attended college straight out of high school, and both of which run their own business. What I wanted to know from him was how exactly …

  • 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. While there are certain things you can do to protect yourself from ever being in that situation (building an emergency fund, practicing frugal living, etc.), they don’t really help when …

  • Kids, Christmas, and Frugality: Eight Tips

    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. This year happens to be the first year that my son is old enough to really begin to understand and participate in Christmas-related activities. He can open his own gifts …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Turkey Day Prep Edition

    Dinner rolls made, sitting in pans in the freezer, waiting to be thrown in the oven. Turkey in the freezer. All of the ingredients on hand. Things are ready to go … I think. The Incredible Secret Money Machine My father had this book, and in some ways he lived it. He always had a …

  • 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 confounded a lot of people in my life. “Isn’t having two checking accounts rather confusing?” I’ve been asked more than once. “What’s the point?” It turns out that there really …

  • 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 topic and when I couldn’t avoid it, I’d bluster my way around it while feeling really guilty and ashamed inside. Of course, I’d put a balm on this by going …

  • Organization 101: A Visual Guide to How I Manage the Information in My Life

    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 time job, handle a family life that involves two kids in diapers, and have any free time at all for other pursuits including some degree of intellectual curiosity. It’s not …

  • The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Talking to a Friend Edition

    A friend of mine told me a story about his decision whether or not to lend money to his brother. He didn’t really want any advice on the topic, so I chose to not say anything about it. However, if he’s reading this blog, he might want to read this article which basically matches his …

  • 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 modern life: the abundance of choice, and whether that choice is a good thing for our psychological state and our ability to make progress. Rather than taking the classic argument …

  • How Much Money Does Turning Off the Lights Really Save?

    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 or three day trip and my bedroom light remained on. Even now, my wife and I traditionally go through the house and turn off lights, even if we’re just leaving …

  • 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 that a lot of readers are curious about the topic. From the most recent email: Could you please explain how to begin investing in index funds? I’ve read some of …

  • 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 me. For example, filing away documents is about the last thing on earth I want to do, and I often put it off so long that there is a mountain …

  • Seven Things You Can Do Right Now (Without Any Capital) To Get Started On Chasing 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 to me. Many of the emails asked me how exactly I put myself in such a position. How did I find the time to get started on such a lark …

  • 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, I’ve harbored a dream of being a professional writer. I’ve always felt a great deal of power and of emotional release in the written word, dating back literally to my …

  • 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 a reader wrote to me with some eloquent questions from a book entitled The Coming Economic Collapse How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel. While I responded …

  • 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 a pseudo-sequel to Your Money or Your Life, which I absolutely loved and have referred to countless times on The Simple Dollar. Although it’s written by different people, it’s endorsed …