Review: The Reader’s Digest Penny Pincher’s Almanac

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. As many of you know, I’m a big fan of PaperBackSwap. I use it

A Long December

Many of you out there reading this are hurting. The economic news is grim, and even though I believe the only thing we have to

I, Spender

I get emails from readers all the time encouraging me to be more playful and experimental with my writing, so here’s a little experiment, posted

11.28.08

Is It Time to Drop Your Land Line?

Several months ago, I mentioned that we’ve been experimenting with using Skype at home for many of our telephone calls, and that I was ready

The Intelligent Investor: The Positive Side to Portfolio Policy for the Enterprising Investor

This is the eighth 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.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Simple Dollar!

If you’re in the United States, I hope you’re off somewhere enjoying a great meal with friends and family. I sure am! Normal posting will

Is Debt Necessary For Generating Income?

“Margie” writes in: My husband and I are pretty frugal, but we currently carry about $25,000 in credit card debt and a personal loan. Our

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Birthday Update Edition

A lot of people were curious as to what happened with my son’s birthday after his disastrous birthday party. In short, he got over things

11.25.08

Tips for a Thrifty Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is in two days, and it’s likely that most of you have plans of some sort: getting together with family, eating a tremendously large

11.25.08

Ten Fundamental Steps for Online Career Networking

Jerome writes in with a common question: I constantly read articles about how important it is to network online to help advance my career, but

Desperately Seeking Advice

Quite often, when people write to me asking for specific financial advice, I respond to them encouraging them either to seek a lawyer or a

Reader Mailbag #38

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: Personal Development for Smart People

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. If you’ve ever read much about personal development online, you’ve

Clutter Is Money

Recently, I was browsing through the Creative Commons pictures on Flickr (those that have been given permission to be shared freely) and I came across

11.22.08

When a Treat Stops Being a Treat – and How to Get It Back

I’m writing this article in a coffee shop, one that I hadn’t set foot in for several months. I’m sipping on a big cup of

11.21.08

On Hosting a Dinner Party

After answering many reader emails and addressing the topic in multiple reader mailbags, I thought it would be worthwhile to write a comprehensive post on

The Intelligent Investor: A Negative Approach to Portfolio Policy for the Enterprising Investor

This is the seventh 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.

11.20.08

5 Simple Water Conservation Methods

One of the most common frugality tactics is to find ways to reduce your water bill. There are many, many ways to do this in

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