A Portfolio of Credit Cards for Specific Purchases?

Jenelle wrote in recently and described her way of using credit cards: Unlike your advice to minimize your credit cards, I actually have eight open

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Twitter and Media Appearances Edition

Two things worth noting that are somewhat interconnected. First, last Saturday I was on Darla Shine’s nationally syndicated Happy Housewives radio program – you can

Born to Buy: How Consumer Culture Undermines Children’s Well Being

This is the thirteenth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

The Five Ps: Breaking Down Big Dreams Into Little Steps

One of my most loyal readers, a person named Brad who first emailed me about The Simple Dollar about a week after it launched, sent

04.28.08

The Recession Diet

There was a fascinating article yesterday in the New York Times entitled Recession Diet Just One Way to Tighten Belt, which looked directly at the

Reader Mailbag #8

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance

Born to Buy: Who’s Responsible, Parents or Advertisers?

This is the twelfth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

Sunday Conversation #2

Over the next few Sundays, I’m going to post a conversation I’ve had with a person I know who has made interesting financial choices in

04.26.08

Retirement Savings: How I’m Doing It

A number of people have asked me how I’m saving for retirement now that I’m self-employed, and several more asked yesterday when I mentioned that

How To Manage a Task List Efficently

This morning, in a fit of self-disgust and angst, I made a long list of all of the stuff I’ve intended to do over the

04.25.08

Are Rechargeable Batteries Really Cost Effective?

At my house, we use a lot of AA batteries. Not only do several of our son’s toys use the batteries, but so do both

Born to Buy: Habit Formation

This is the eleventh discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

The Net Worth Mentality

After posting my budgeting 101 article yesterday, I almost immediately got a response from a reader who had a very good follow-up question: You talk

04.23.08

Budgeting 101: How a Simple Budget Helped Me – And Can Help You, Too

Earlier this week in the reader mailbag, I mentioned offhand that I built a strict budget for the first several months of my financial turnaround,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Deal Edition

Big news: I have a book deal. I signed the papers last Friday and shipped them off to my publisher. The book project itself is

Born to Buy: Inside the Child Brain

This is the tenth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

The Things Money Can’t Buy

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh.

04.21.08

The Snowball Effect

I often write about how a person can save a few dollars here and a few dollars there by making a few little changes in

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