Month: May 2014

Investing in Yourself: Personal Growth

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

Review: Debt is Slavery

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’ve been anxious to read this book for a while, mostly because it’s been recommented to me by a lot of people that I trust. For example, J.D. over at Get Rich Slowly has often said, in some form or another, “Debt is Slavery is …

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Investing in Yourself: Personal Appearance and Hygiene

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

Six Ways to Break Free of the “Purge and Splurge” Cycle

Just this morning, I was leafing through my favorite personal finance book of all, Your Money or Your Life, when I came across the idea of the “purge and splurge” cycle. From page 148, discussing what happens after you start buckling down and paying serious attention to your financial state: In the first month of …

Investing in Yourself: Self-Confidence

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Final Countdown Edition

Since turning in my resignation, things have been absolutely crazy, with my current employers making tons and tons of requests of me, mostly in terms of making preparations for my eventual replacement. One part of this is a trip to the east coast, which I’m about to depart on – probably the last business trip …

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Investing in Yourself: Diet

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

The Vanguard Catch-22

As I’ve mentioned many times before, all of my taxable investing, as well as my Roth IRA, is done directly through Vanguard. I use Vanguard because I trust them – they’re a nonprofit that has a stellar long-term record and their index fund investment options are quite strong. I’m not alone in feeling this way …

Categories: Investing, Stocks

Investing in Yourself: Public Speaking

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

The Three Basic Money Groups – And Why So Many People Struggle With Their Personal Finances

Just this morning, I was leafing through Jonathan Pond’s very good personal finance book Grow Your Money, which I reviewed a while back. In it, he makes the astute statement that everyone puts their money into three basic groups: necessities, luxuries, and saving for the future. The more I thought about that statement, the more …

Review: Ogilvy on Advertising

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development or personal productivity book. Every time you write anything, you’re selling something. Throughout my life, different people have given me little nuggets of advice that have proved reliable and true over and over again. The above line was told to me by my technical writing professor …

The Chorus of Voices for Index Funds

Having read a small mountain of personal finance and investing books in the last couple of years, I’ve come to realize that there’s some significant overlap in the ideas presented in the books. Spend less than you earn and avoid high-interest debt pop up again and again, but I wanted to look at perhaps the …

I Quit

I quit my job. It is scary as can be to write that sentence. Unbelievably scary. I’m walking away from a good paying and very stable job. I announced my resignation this week, and my final day will happen before the end of March. Why? So, why did I make this decision? There were a …

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Investing in Yourself: Feeling Good

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

Review: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’ve been hesitant to review a book by Ric Edelman for two big reasons. First of all, he’s always given off a very strong “I’m a salesman first, an advisor later” vibe – he comes off as a person selling you a product, not a …

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Investing in Yourself: Socializing and Networking

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Comparative Advantage, & You

Today, let’s learn a bit about economics. As I mentioned a few days ago, recently I’ve been reading a great deal about economics in an effort to get a better grasp on how money works on a larger scale than in my own wallet. In this effort, I started at the beginning, reading a pile …

Investing in Yourself: Mental and Spiritual Health

Recently, I discussed the value of investing in yourself – putting time and money into improving you, not building assets. Today, we’ll look at one area of investing in yourself as part of an ongoing series on the topic, spread out once per weekday over two weeks. If you’d like to review all the entries, …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Strep Edition

Over the last week, everyone in my house (except me) has been sick with strep, diarrhea, a severe cold, a severe flu, or some combination thereof. My wife, my two year old son, and my infant daughter have all been down and out for days and are just now recovering. I wound up taking two …

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