The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Value of an Hour Edition

Here’s an interesting question: how much would you pay for an extra hour today? That hour could be during work. It could be after work.

10.21.08

Go Green and Save Money: 6 Disposable Items to Stop Buying Now

When you go to the grocery store or to the department store, many of the things you buy are disposable – they wind up in

That First Taste of Financial Success

About a month after I hit bottom in terms of my debt, I sent in a large payment on one of my credit cards, a

10.20.08

Spreading the Frugality Ideavirus

Recently, I was reading Unleashing the Ideavirus, Seth Godin’s excellent book on how ideas get shared among people. The book is available as a free

Reader Mailbag #33

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: Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I picked up Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck because of one word: conversation. For the

10.19.08

The Other Choice

Whenever you make the choice to spend money on something, you’re actually making other choices as well. I choose to “dress for success” by buying

10.18.08

Building Work Relationships: When Networking Doesn’t Work

“Caleb” wrote in recently with a concern about building connections with people in the workplace: One thing that comes in your blog from time to

The Intelligent Investor: Investment Versus Speculation

This is the second 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.

10.16.08

How to Plan Ahead for Next Week’s Meals and Save Money

My wife and I shop for groceries on a weekly basis (with the exception of a rare mid-week stop for more milk or other pure

The Power of the Chaperone

Ever notice how your shopping behaviors change depending on who you’re shopping with? I certainly have. I noticed this most thoroughly on three recent grocery

10.15.08

Money Podcasts

Most mornings, I tend to listen to a handful of podcasts while I write. I listen to a wide variety of things to keep informed,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Crock Pot Edition

Over the last two weeks, I’ve started really experimenting with our crock pot, trying out different crazy ideas just to see how they work. Here

10.14.08

Staying Calm in Financially Tough Times

As I write this, the stock market has just completed the single best day in its history. This follows the worst week in its history,

10.14.08

Minimizing the Impact of Job Loss

Over the last week, several people have written to me in a panic, asking what they should do if they think they’re about to be

10.13.08

How Much Extra Should You Pay for Fuel Efficiency? Here’s How We’re Calculating It

Over the past few weeks, my wife and I have begun seriously shopping for a replacement for my truck. There are two big reasons for

Reader Mailbag #32

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: A Perfect Mess

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. Over the last several years, I’ve worked very

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