07.22.08

Is It Ethical to Walk Away on a Mortgage?

I may have just ruined a friendship from my college years by being honest. A few days ago, I received a long email from a

07.21.08

Reflections on Abandoning the 9 to 5, Four Months In

When I walked away from my nice and steady nine to five desk job in March, a lot of people asked for my reflections on

Reader Mailbag #20

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: Is Your Genius at Work?

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. A little while back, I discussed my thoughts on

07.20.08

Clothes Shopping for Frugal Families

Over the last week or so, I’ve seen and heard a lot of parents grumbling about the exorbitant cost of buying school clothes for their

Why I’m Not Panicking – And You Shouldn’t, Either

Over the last three or four days, I’ve received a bunch of emails from readers asking me why I’m not talking breathlessly about the chaos

Financial Planning: How My Wife and I Got on the Same Page

When my wife and I approached our financial meltdown, our financial planning and spending was in pure chaos. We both spent according to our whims

Review: The Six-Day Financial Makeover

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. Over the last six months since the start of 2007, Robert Pagliarini’s The

Making Pricey Hobbies More Economical

Before my financial turnaround, I subscribed to several expensive hobbies. I loved to golf on the weekends, I played Magic: the Gathering somewhat competitively, I

07.16.08

Ten Ways to Find Bargains on Fresh Food

I’m always on the hunt for fresh food, grown locally and preferably grown organically and with sustainable practices. Not only are such items healthier, they’re

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Family Pictures Edition

Over the last several months, I’ve been creating a huge digital archive of personally important pictures – pictures of me throughout my life, my wife

Preparing a Budget? Ten Tips for Making That Budget Successful

Mike wrote in lamenting his struggle to make a budget work for him (he attached his budget for me to look at, but I think

The One Skill That Will Earn You Money, No Matter What You Do

Communication. No matter what you do in life, communication will earn you money. You’re a person working in a cubicle on hard problems. The ability

07.14.08

Undermining Your Frugality

A reader named Mindy wrote in recently and asked the following: I use all sorts of money saving tips all the time to save, but

Reader Mailbag #19

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: Seven Years to Seven Figures

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. I like Michael Masterson’s books. In the past, I’ve

Ten Tip-Offs That You’re Getting Bogus Financial Information – And Five Antidotes

Every day, I get ten or twenty solicitations to talk about some sort of shady investment or debt relief product. These people try all sorts

07.12.08

Is Money All There Is? Why Chasing the Big Dollars Isn’t the Answer for Everyone

Carlos left an interesting comment in yesterday’s article on finding a career: The “do what you love, and the money will follow” mantra is getting

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