Reader Mailbag #7

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: Dissecting the Child Consumer

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

04.20.08

The Art of Wearing Things Out

One of my favorite debates with my wife has to do with socks. I tend to wear my socks into oblivion – until they’re literally

One Big Way to Get Intense About Financial Independence

You are going to be fired from your job this Friday. Read that statement again. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine if that

Warren Buffett on Reputation

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” The above

04.18.08

Personal Finance and Intrusion

I’m worried about my grandmother’s finances. She lives on Social Security and a small pension from the state, but if that were all there was

Born to Buy: The Commercialization of Public Schools

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

04.17.08

How Much Money Is “Walk Away From It All” Money?

Roger writes in with an interesting question: When you talk about “walk away from it all” money, how would you estimate that? I know it

04.16.08

8 Energy Savings Tips For Your Computer

It only takes a few small adjustments in your routine to build up some significant energy savings, and one of the best places to start

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Things I Splurge On Edition

Yesterday, I mentioned a bit about my challenges with splurging on certain items, which led a few readers to email me and ask for more

Born to Buy: The Virus Unleashed

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

Eight Personal Finance Regrets From the Past Year

Even though I research and write about personal finance every day, I still manage to make quite a few mistakes and poor choices in how

04.14.08

Six Things I Think I Think After Filing Income Taxes

(Many apologies to the great Peter King, my favorite football writer, for the title of this article.) Just this morning, I finished up my income

Reader Mailbag #6

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: Pester Power

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

Sunday Conversation #1

For 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

04.12.08

How Important is Fuel Efficiency When Buying a Car?

Julia wrote in a few days ago with the following questions. My question is about cars, inspired in part by your post this morning. We

04.11.08

Saving Money Versus Saving the World

Carrie (yes, that Carrie) writes in: How should we balance frugality with social/environmental responsibility? I could go to Amazon.com or Sam’s Club and buy all

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