Video Games and Frugality

As an owner of a Wii and a Nintendo DS, as well as a fairly frugal person, one of my biggest challenges is to figure

Five Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

In this post, I’m going to compile five of the most common comments and questions I get from readers, along with my response to them.

Review: The Path of Least Resistance

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. The premise of this book is quite intriguing to me, a person

Spending Far Less Than You Earn

Quite often, I talk about the value of frugality and spending less than you earn. For many of us, that’s a valuable mantra to repeat,


The Little Things Do Matter

Twelve Little Hacks That Add Up To A Lot 1. Switch your savings account from your local bank to ING Direct. That’s the bank I


The One Month Coupon Strategy: A Really Clever Way to Make Coupons Worthwhile

Many people don’t bother to clip coupons for various reasons, mostly revolving around the belief that a fifty cent coupon doesn’t make it worth the

Review: Grow Your Money

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest. That’s the subtitle of Grow Your Money,


Preparing Your Own Skillet Meals In Advance

Many busy familes (even on occasion, our own busy family) often resort to prepackaged skillet meals in order to get a hot, prepared meal on


The Ballad of the Rusty Bumper

While filling the air in my tires yesterday, I happened to look up at the rear bumper on my truck, and I noticed something I


The Costs of Having Children

Recently, I had coffee with an old friend of mine who was torn over the decision to have a child. His spouse wants a child,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Walking the Ad Line Edition

So, the big brouhaha lately has been the fact that, after talking about abandoning unethical ads and also decrying The Secret, I then sold an

The Long Journey

Out of all of the challenging times since I began to turn my financial life around, I may be facing the most challenging of all


Maximizing the Free (or Nearly Free) Things That Make You Feel Good

On my recent flight home from the west coast, I spent most of my time thinking about my family – my wife and two children


The Souvenir Debate

After an offhand mention of souvenirs recently, several people commented on the topic, indluding Cyde Weys, who left this one: And as for souvenirs while

Changing Values, Changing Priorities

Over the course of one’s life, there are a number of events that occur that change one’s value structure significantly. Marriage can be one. Having

Handling Unexpected Social Spending Situations

I’m currently on the west coast in the midst of a business trip. My hotel sits across the road from a shopping mall far nicer


My Favorite Bargain: The Free Newspaper

Perhaps my favorite bargain in any city of significant size is the free community newspaper. These are newspapers that are distributed for free and pay

Review: Buffett – The Making of an American Capitalist

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been reading Roger Lowenstein’s excellent and thorough biography of