Review: Isn’t It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check?

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. I’ve always found social issues revolving around money to be infinitely fascinating. Why


Are the Things You Buy Investments?

After my recent post on looking at your automobile purchase as an investment, an interesting discussion broke out in the comments: should a car even


Seven Ideas for Preparing Food at Home Cheaply with Minimal Space and Resources

My first living experience on my own was in a college dorm room, where I resided for two years. The cooking equipment there was minimal


Downsizing Your Automobile Count

Over the last month or two, my wife and I have seriously discussed going from a two car to a one car household. She’s a

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Flying Costs Come Home to Roost Edition

For quite a while, my wife and children and I have been planning a trip to Seattle this summer. We have family there and were

Integrity and Advertisements

A reader (Tom) sent in an interesting mailbag question that I thought deserved its own post. Why should I ever trust the content of any


How To Buy a Car As a Good Investment For The Future

Automobiles are some of the worst investments you’ll make in your life. They immediately start losing value the second you drive them off the lot.

Reader Mailbag #15

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

Review: Getting Organized

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business book of interest. Being a person with a pretty packed schedule, I’m

Seven Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Flood Victims

As I write this, Iowa is suffering through incredibly disastrous flooding. Levees have been breached in Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids is nearly underwater. If


The Guardianship Question

This is an extremely challenging article for me to write because it hits very close to home. Guardianship. Who will take care of my children

Review: Please Send Money

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. As I watch my nieces and nephews grow up and approach college age,


How to Budget Using ING Direct

As regular readers know, I’m a very happy user of ING Direct. They provide my checking services, my savings services, and all of my online


Do You Need to Leave an Estate?

One of the most common topics in personal finance writing is estate planning. Life insurance? A will? A living trust? These are always bandied about


Go Out on the Town on the Cheap

I love going out on the town with friends, but when I was a younger man, I found that going out every night with pals

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: $3,000 Handbag Thoughts Edition

Continuing that discussion about the $3,000 handbag from earlier this week, I wanted to clarify something. If your finances are in order, you’re putting money


Update on the Flooding in Iowa … And Some Tips on Protecting Yourself

Hundreds of people have emailed me asking questions about the current flooding situation in Iowa. Has my home been affected? How bad is it really?

My Entrepreneurial Inspiration

Since quitting my “real” job to become a full-time writer, I’ve heard many rather negative comments from friends and family who seem absolutely shocked that

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