The Aldi Question: Does One Bad Experience Spoil the Soup?

Whenever I mention the grocery stores where I tend to shop, someone always asks me about Aldi. I tend to usually avoid that question because

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Theoretical Technology Edition

Yesterday, I was talking to a close friend about what sort of technological device would actually make our lives easier. I took a look at

Please, Recommend a Personal Finance Product to Me!

All the time, I get requests from readers asking me for recommendations of financial products. What bank should I use? Where should I put my


Finding an Auto Mechanic That You Trust

Over the last few months, I’ve been documenting in depth the various mechanical problems that my truck has been facing and how it’s affecting our

Financial Success Isn’t About Stuff

Yesterday, I was reading a largely spot-on article over at Steve Pavlina’s blog with the rather New Age-y title How to Raise Your Financial Vibration.

Reader Mailbag #27

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: The Complete Cheapskate

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I picked this one up at the library because of the title – The


Our Path to (Finally) Merging Our Finances

After six years of dating followed by five years of marriage, my wife and I finally decided to merge our finances together into the same


Charting a Course to Go Back to School

Amanda writes: After taking a serious re-evaluation of my life over the last year, I finally realized what I should be doing with it. I

Creation versus Consumption

On page 52 of his book Debt Is Slavery, Michael Mihalik makes a point that has been running through my head for several days. Be

Why One-Budget-Fits-All Doesn’t Work – And Why It’s Difficult to Compare Spending Between People and Families

Whenever I leaf through a personal finance “workbook,” I usually wind up getting frustrated. Such workbooks provide “example budgets” and “recommended percentages” that completely miss


Let me tell you a pair of stories about opportunity. When I was fifteen years old, I had a long heart-to-heart discussion with my parents.


Twelve Tactics to Minimize Winter Heating Bills

Liz writes in with an interesting question: wonder if you have weighed the pros and cons of switching to pellet/wood stoves for heat this winter?

Some Thoughts on Plasma Donation

One of the most frequent “quick money” tips I see bandied about is plasma donation. Go to a plasma donation center, complete a questionnaire, get

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: More Truck Troubles Edition

A few days ago, my truck acted up yet again, with the truck chugging badly before shifting gears (with the chugs vanishing quickly after the

It’s Never As Hard As It Seems

Yesterday, I had a long IM conversation with a reader (that I’ll call Joel) who was asking for advice on how to invest some extra

The Inspiration and the Motivation

Virtually every time I accomplish something significant in my life, it’s been guided by two separate forces, one pushing from behind and one pulling me


What’s An Appropriate Home Food Budget for a Family of Four?

In my recent article about having a weekly cheap supper night, I made the following fairly innocuous statement: I looked into this question for my