Will My Money Be Safe?

I’ve heard from many, many readers over the last week worried about the country’s current financial situation and worrying whether their money is safe. My

Attachment to What We Have and What We Want

Recently, I’ve been reading the excellent book The Price of Privilege by Dr. Madeline Levine, which discussed the prevalence of depression and social problems among


My Weekend Projects: Saving Money and Living Frugally

Most weekends, I tackle one significant project around the house, usually with the goal of saving money or learning how to make or do something

Using TreasuryDirect for Conservative Investing

Over the last few days, with all the tumult on Wall Street (AIG and Merrill and Lehman, oh my!), several people have written to me

Friends and Goals

Roll back the clock to 2002, when I graduated from college. Virtually all of my friends graduated within a year of my graduation date and

The Least Important Bill

Recently, I happened to be leafing through Elizabeth Warren’s worthwhile personal finance book, All Your Worth, when I stumbled across an interesting statement on page

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Merging Checking Accounts Edition

So, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, my wife and I finally merged our checking accounts. And, almost immediately, I figured out a big


What a Frugality Expert Is – And Why I’m Not One

About a month ago, Lola stunned me with this comment, and it’s taken me a while to figure out how to respond to it: Anyway,


How to Declutter and Put Cash in Your Pocket

People have a tendency to accumulate stuff. They load up their closets with it, their shelves with it, and much of their living space with

Reader Mailbag #28

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: Love Is the Killer App

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. One profound thing I’ve always noticed is that if


Tactics for Handling Greeting Card Occasions

A while back, I wrote about making your own greeting cards as a solution to the over-the-top expense of greeting cards, but merely using a


The Cheapest Fully Functional PC Money Can Buy

I get five or so requests a week from people who want a PC at home that they can surf the web and check email


Why Allocations Make A Big Difference

Bill writes in: I keep reading tons of stuff about asset allocation and how you need to diversify your investments. Is it really that big


Rethinking Retirement

Yesterday, I had a long conversation with a friend of mine, mostly about what we plan to do for the rest of our lives. I


15 Fun Activities For Kids That Are Cheap!

One of the absolute best frugal ways to have fun with your kids is to pick up an “end roll” of paper from the offices

The Courage to Ask

When you ask for a bargain, the worst thing that can happen is that they say “no,” which is effectively what happens if you don’t