Review: Learn to Earn

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’ve wanted to review one of Peter Lynch’s books for a long time. I’ve leafed

Using All Cash To Kick The Debt Habit

One common tactic adopted by people who are in severe financial straits is an all-cash lifestyle. They tear up all of their credit cards and

Heroes, Role Models, and Mentors

One of the biggest challenges I faced in my early adult life was the lack of a mentor or a role model for many aspects


Frugality and Socializing: Finding Potential Friends Who Are Not Consumerism-Oriented

At various points in my life, I’ve entered entirely new social arenas. When I left my hometown and went to college, I started over. After

Why I’ve Decided To Abandon (Virtually All) Ads On The Simple Dollar

As many of you have probably noticed, this morning I removed the majority of advertising from The Simple Dollar. This was a tough decision that


Christmas, Money, Family, and Love

I finally fiished my Christmas preparations this morning, wrapping up the final presents and placing them under the tree. The only other things to be

What Color Is Your Parachute? Determining a Place to Live and a Job to Do

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


The Real Value of Stay At Home Parenting

Until recently, I viewed the choice of being a stay at home parent solely as a loss of income in a couple’s life. If both

Review: Downshifting

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. One consistent theme I write about on The Simple Dollar, both indirectly


A Frugal Man’s Christmas Wish List

Over the last month, I’ve received a lot of emails and IMs from readers asking what kind of gifts a frugal man would want and

Spending Money to Save Time

My wife’s extended family is of Norwegian heritage, and the entire family loves eating lefse at large family meals. The only problem is that preparing


A Talk With My Niece

My niece is fifteen years old. She’s a social girl with a kind heart and just enough social awkwardness, intellectual curiosity, and introspection that after

Review: Stay Mad for Life

A lot of people like to make fun of Jim Cramer’s antics, but I actually quite like the guy. His stock picks are generally useless

Maximizing That Hourly Rate

Recently, I spent some time figuring out my true hourly wage for my real job and both of my side businesses. For those unfamiliar, one’s

Goals and Plans for 2008

As the end of the year approaches, we inevitably begin to look ahead to 2008 with a keen eye. Since I tend to be the

The Meaning of It All

There is a fundamental disconnect that people have between their money and the way they live their day to day life. They view money as

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Ice Storm Edition

One of the big disadvantages of living and working in Iowa is the winter weather. Quite often, it can be wonderful – I love the

Seven Unexpected Things I Read For Personal Finance Inspiration and Motivation

I read a lot of material on personal finance for this blog, from at least one personal finance book a week to issues of Money,