How to Choose a Career – The Simple Dollar Way

There are a lot of ways to choose a career. Most of them are bad. Someone tells you, “Hey, you know, you should be a…”

Review: Living Rich by Spending Smart

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. Unlike most books that describe paths to financial prosperity, Gregory Karp’s focus is

The First Steps Away from Paycheck-to-Paycheck Living

Out of all of the blessings that have come into my life over the last two and a half years or so (a new home,

How to Get Started on Major Tasks

I have this nice big list of projects in front of me. Twelve creative projects, all related to The Simple Dollar or my writing ambitions,

Is An Emergency Fund a Psychological Negative?

I was recently reading How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt and Live Prosperously by Jerrod Mundis, an interesting book that sorely

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Alchemist Edition

Over the last few years, about twenty different people have recommended that I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, but I’ve been avoiding it largely

Ten Tactics for Improving Your Luck

Yep, you read that right. Luck. To me, luck occurs when a positive and fairly unexpected event happens in your life, whether it be financial

When Personal Finance Is Boring

If you’re a regular reader of The Simple Dollar, you’re probably not the person I’m writing about here. Instead, this article is probably appropriate for


The Difference Between a Job and a Career

Most of the emails I get from people asking for advice about their employment situation stem between a confusion between what a job is and

Reader Mailbag #18

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: What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here?

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. I was very lucky after college to fall straight


A Look at the Startup Cost

Lara from Coffee Can Cash left a very intriguing comment a few days ago on my post about minimalist kitchens: I’m sorry, but I can’t

Seven Websites That Saved Me Money in the Last Week

About a week ago, my wife said (paraphrased), “We use a ton of websites to save ourselves a lot of money directly. Why don’t you

Savings and Investing: Why Saving Is More Important

About once a week, I’ll get an email from a reader along the lines of this recent one from Leo: I don’t know how to

Review: Go Green, Live Rich

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. I figured it was just a matter of time before someone wrote a

Debt Snowball Into Savings Or Pay Off Debt?

The idea of debt snowballing is a popular one: it pushes you to get rid of your debts and get on a financially stable playing

The Danger of Losing Your Wallet – And How to Protect Yourself

Near the end of a recent long trip, my wife misplaced her wallet. She carries a traditional small pocket wallet, which contains her driver’s license,


Is Time the Difference Between Big Spenders, Frugal Folks, and Cheapskates?

I tend to find that most people exist somewhere along what I like to call the frugal spectrum. At one end are people who spend

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