Talking to a Child About Home Foreclosure

I received a heart wrenching email from a reader that I’m going to call “Peggy.” Here’s a few excerpts from that email: [...] In short,


Stop Trying to Impress Other People

Imagine, just for a moment, that you find yourself on a desert island with just you and four or five of your closest friends and

120 Minutes

A few days ago, Seth Godin posted a brilliant piece on his blog entitled Is Effort a Myth? In it, Seth addresses the issue of

The Intelligent Investor: Introduction

This is the first 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.


Elder Care: Caring For Your Aging Parents

Yesterday, I called my parents just to see how they’re doing. I usually give them a call two or three times a week and talk


Frugal Living: A Guide to a Romantic Frugal Date

Whenever I talk about being married or the six years in which I was dating my wife, people always ask for suggestions on how to

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fantasy Baseball League Payoff Edition

I entered a fantasy baseball league this spring with the owners of several other personal finance blogs. While I did well (my pitching staff had

Changes You Can Make

One of the strongest memories I have from my childhood comes from when I was about seven years old. We were visiting my grandmother and


How to Read a Stock Chart in Just Five Seconds

Whenever I tune into CNBC, I’m usually blown away with the raw amount of data thrown at me. For the average person, there’s no way

The Entrepreneurial Drive (Or Lack Thereof)

Whenever I write a post about careers, I usually receive a few comments or emails from readers who are heavily involved in entrepreneurship, chiding me

Reader Mailbag #31

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: Millionaire by Thirty

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Over and over again, I get encouraged by readers to review the “hot” personal


Creating a CD Ladder for Your Emergency Fund or Other Savings to Earn a Better, Safe Return

As I’ve mentioned before, my family has a pretty good sized cash emergency fund, somewhere around nine months’ worth of living expenses. Having that amount

Positive and Negative Advertisements

I don’t comment on advertisements very often, and when I do, it’s usually to skewer it, as I did with Hyundai’s “Dollars and Sense” ad


Some Thoughts on the Fulfillment Curve

One of the best concepts from Your Money or Your Life is that of the fulfillment curve. Basically, the idea argues that there’s a sweet


Retirement Plans in a Down Stock Market

After writing my piece yesterday on fear and the economic situation, a very eloquent reader named “Maggie” wrote to me: I completely agree with your

How to Organize Ideas Using Online Checklists

Last Sunday, I posted a detailed review of Mark Forster’s excellent time management book Do It Tomorrow. During the review, I mentioned that I had

Fearing Fear Itself

Over the last several days, many readers have asked for my take on the economic crisis. I’m not an economist – my opinion is just

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