How to Maintain Friendships With Non-Frugal People

In response to yesterday’s post about fun, Erin wrote the following (adding my own emphasis): Whenever I do things with friends, they seem to always

52 Books, 52 Weeks: 10 Fundamental Personal Finance Ideas

As I read personal finance book after personal finance book over the last year, I came to realize that a lot of concepts in various

Where Do You Get Your Financial Advice?

Some of my most faithful commenters have personal finance blogs of their own, and one of them, Mrs. Micah, asked a question that really got

11.13.07

Fun

Twice or three times a day, a reader will send me an IM and strike up a conversation on some topic or another. Usually, I

52 Books, 52 Weeks: The Top Ten

Over the past year (starting in November 2006), I read a personal finance book each week and wrote a lengthy review of each one, a

Melancholy and Spending

I often dip into melancholy moods, triggered by any number of things. One of the most regular triggers is a sense of detachment from my

11.12.07

Eight Tips From An Ultra-Frugal Parent

Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to have a chat about parenting with an extremely bright friend of mine from my high school days.

52 Books, 52 Weeks: How They Rank (Except The Top Ten)

As many of you know, over the past year, I read a personal finance book each week and wrote a lengthy review of each one,

11.12.07

Six Things I Look For At Yard Sales – And How I Get Them Even Cheaper

Let’s face it: most items at yard sales are junk. The stuff is out there because it’s stuff that the family conducting the sale wants

Review: Fooled By Randomness

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. I’ve been debating how exactly to discuss Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Fooled by

11.11.07

Parental Enthusiasm and Childhood Branding

Recently, I reviewed the book Born to Buy and, almost simultaneously, Get Rich Slowly posted an article about the challenge of unbranded children. Both the

The Sunday Afternoon Money Routine

Most Sunday afternoons, when my children are taking a nap, I spend about an hour taking care of regular tasks, many of which are directly

11.10.07

Toy Catalogs and Children: Are They a Good Match?

This weekend, I’m visiting my parents, and I’ve seen a small army of nieces and nephews and cousins floating through the house. One of the

The Charity Dilemma: Small Donations to Many or Large Donations to a Few?

Recently, my wife and I took account of all of our charitable spending. Over the last year, we’ve donated small amounts ($10-$50) to many different

11.09.07

Should You Give Your Child An Allowance For Doing Chores?

This week, The Simple Dollar attempts to address challenging questions in personal finance by looking at both sides of the story and figuring out some

11.09.07

Should You Report Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

This week, The Simple Dollar attempts to address challenging questions in personal finance by looking at both sides of the story and figuring out some

Review: How to Invest $50-$5,000

One of the most frequent questions I see in emails and comments and in articles on other personal finance blogs is exactly how to invest

11.08.07

Should I Report Ethical Misconduct At Work?

This week, The Simple Dollar attempts to address challenging questions in personal finance by looking at both sides of the story and figuring out some

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