The Changing of the Guard: $4 Generic Presciptions at Wal-Mart and Target

Since I was three days old, I’ve taken Synthroid as a hormone replacement for hypothyroidism. I was very lucky – when I was born, hypothyroidisim

What You Spend, What You Eat

Over the last year, I’ve really rediscovered my passion for cooking and food. We’ve moved into a house with a good-sized kitchen (not the large

Working Smarter, No Matter Your Income

Yesterday, I made the apparently controversial point that hard work and smart work can lead anyone to success. I heard all the usual responses to

Review: One Up On Wall Street

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Peter Lynch is a Wall Street legend. He drove Fidelity’s Magellan mutual fund to some

Six Persistent Money Myths That Seem To Stick Around

One of the most frustrating aspects of running The Simple Dollar is reading comments where readers, who are intending to do the right thing, actually

Margin, Faith, Personal Growth, and Personal Finance

A few weeks ago, I read a fascinating book by Richard Swenson called Margin. Subtitled Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Chain Factor Edition

I, along with several of my friends, have been playing the free web game Chain Factor almost obsessively for the last week or so. It’s


Nine Tactics for a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Many of you out there are thinking about plans for Valentine’s Day – it’s just nine days away, after all. Many people spend hundreds of

You Can Do This

About two years ago, I had almost $17,000 in credit card debt. That added up to about a third of my salary at the time,

Pay Ahead on Your Mortgage or Investing?

Recently, I mentioned that I encouraged people to invest instead of paying ahead on their mortgage. It left me thinking quite a bit about debt

Monday Morning: Setting Goals for the Week Ahead

One thing I often do early in the morning on Mondays is make a list of the things I want to accomplish during the week.

Review: Built to Last

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. About a year ago, I began to really look at The Simple


January 2008 Review – Assets -0.2%, Debts -0.9%

Once again, it’s time for a monthly review of my finances. I generally break things down by evaluating my assets and my debts (which together

Should You Cancel Your Unused Credit Cards or Not?

On a fairly regular basis, I suggest to my readers that they cancel unused credit cards except for their oldest one. In fact, I often

Review: Unconventional Success

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Of all the places I could possibly find out about a book, I was introduced