What Color Is Your Parachute? Killing the Doubts

This is the fourth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These

The Simple Dollar: Best of 2007

Over the first full year of The Simple Dollar’s existence, I’ve written a pile of articles, some good, some bad. I went through each month

Review: Take Back Your Time

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or personal development book. Over and over again, I’ve come to realize that most of the

How to Define and Stick To a Successful New Year’s Resolution, Financial or Otherwise

Almost every year, I define a handful of New Year’s resolutions for myself, as do many people around the world. The new year provides a

Talking Myself Out Of Frivolous Purchases

I’ll start off this time by relating a few tales of recent shopping excursions where I talked myself out of making some seriously frivolous purchases.


Zen and the Art of Item Replacement

My family has only one television in the house, and it is primarily used for playing Wii games. It’s an enormous, extremely heavy old 32″

Review: The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I love books on frugality, but they’re actually pretty rare – the personal finance section

Life and Discipline

A while back, I wrote a post outlining everything you needed to know about personal finance on the back of five business cards. In a

Six Invaluable Online Resources For Personal Finance Education

Occasionally, I bump into web sites and information collections online that are truly impressive in the quality and usefulness of the content. Along with a

The Day After: Six Ways to Deal With the Post-Christmas Money Blues – And Plan Ahead for Next Year

My father likes to joke that the happiest day of the year is December 25, and the saddest is December 26, because that’s when the

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Gift Edition

I thought it would be fun to list the gifts I received for Christmas this year (for the most part, the gifts were pretty spot-on)

Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar

Just a quick note to wish you all a merry Christmas! My Christmas has been quite merry so far: a Mexican-themed Christmas celebration (with lots


Savings Bonds as Gifts for My Children: How Should I Handle Them?

Both of my children have received a pair of savings bonds as Christmas gifts this year. While the gift is wonderful and very much appreciated,


Eight Frugal Ways to Prepare for Winter Driving

Yesterday, I spent seven hours on the road in Iowa. When we left, the weather forecast looked rather clear and we figured the trip would

Review: The Wisdom of Crowds

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development or personal productivity book. About two weeks ago, I wrote in quick succession a number of

A Letter to Myself in Ten Years

Many, many people write letters to their past selves, advising their earlier selves to avoid mistakes that they’ve made. I thought it might be interesting


The Financial Implications of a Third Child

Now that life has settled down with two children in our home, my wife and I are starting to look at the decision to have


The Over-Gifting Relative

Each year, my grandmother gets me and my wife an exorbitantly expensive gift, usually something way out of her budget. One year, she managed to

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