Dealing with Personal Disappointment and Tragedy

Over the last few days, I’ve been dealing with a deep personal disappointment, one that I’d rather not discuss in public (don’t worry, it’s not

The Intelligent Investor: A Century of Stock Market History

This is the third in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor.

10.30.08

Some Follow-Up Thoughts on Fruity Cheerios and Branding Our Kids

Several days ago, I wrote an article about the influence of the Fruity Cheerios brand on my two year old child. That article spurned such

My 25 Favorite Articles of the Past Year

Today is the two year anniversary of the launch of The Simple Dollar. Last year, to celebrate the site’s one year anniversary, I selected my

Exploring the Connection Between Time and Money

As longtime readers certainly know by now, I like to post articles rather regularly on the subject of time management. I’ve reviewed a small mountain

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Birthday Party Edition

My son’s third birthday party approaches and we decided to have a small party for him, inviting three of his friends to participate (so that

Having a Money Revelation

I’ve mentioned many times how my first child was a revelation to me when it comes to money issues. It wasn’t that I didn’t know

10.28.08

How to Save Money When Buying a Car

Many car-buying guides tell you how to save money beforehand – how to research the right car for you, how to negotiate, how to get

Earning Regular Income from Stock Investing via Dividends

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a fellow in his early sixties who has already retired. He had been

Reader Mailbag #34

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 Encore Effect

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or business book of interest. One of my mentors once told me that

10.26.08

Brand Preferences and the Two Year Old Child

My son absolutely loves Fruity Cheerios. About a year ago, he had them for breakfast at Grandma’s, and since then, he’s been in love with

Should an Entrepreneurial High Schooler Go to College?

Andy writes in (I touched up his grammar just a bit): I’m a high school senior. Over the last two years, I’ve built a very

Eleven Tactics for a Cheaper Christmas

(Yes, that’s me in the picture.) With the Christmas holidays sneaking up on us, we’re very, very glad we saved ahead for the Christmas season

The Intelligent Investor: The Investor and Inflation

This is the third in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor.

Giving Outside the Box: Generosity on a Limited Budget

Many of us want to give to others. We see others in need and deeply desire to reach out and help them. We want to

10.23.08

Making a Holographic Will

File this one under “interesting, but hopefully I’ll never have to use it.” For a long time, my wife and I discussed making out a

Keep Important Stuff from Slipping Through the Cracks

There are many, many days where I feel completely buried in little tasks. Pay the bills. Help my son draw a picture. Make dinner. Write

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