Accountability

Who are you accountable to? I’m accountable to my family. The choices I make, both positive and negative, impact their lives directly and indirectly in

Reader Mailbag #36

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 Myth of Multitasking

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. This book attracted me from the title alone – The

Readers Speak Out

A few days ago, I mentioned my single best action for saving money in my own life – utilizing the library. I also encouraged readers

11.08.08

Paying Others to Provide a Service

For a long time, my wife and I have discussed hiring a local housecleaning service, but never pulled the trigger (mostly because of our “cheap”

Lessons from that Old Coffee Can over the Kitchen Sink

I have this strange little memory from when I was about six years old… I was sitting at the counter at my grandma’s house when

General Portfolio Policy for the Defensive Investor

This is the fifth 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.

11.06.08

Uses for an Old Cell Phone

A friend of mine was about to chuck her old cell phone in the trash, without a second thought. When I suggested that she might

Excuses, Excuses

When you’re entrenched in a large pattern of bad habits and you’re challenged to escape those habits, it’s very easy to fall back on an

11.05.08

Your Single Best Action For Saving Money

Yesterday, I was doing an interview with a newspaper when the interviewer asked me “What’s your single best tip for saving money?” You would think

How to Focus in a Heavily Distracting Time

If you’re anything like I am on this historic day in the United States, you’re probably sitting frenetically on the edge of your seat, looking

The Suitcase Test

Over the weekend, my parents came to visit. At one point, we were talking about the experiences I had during my college days, and they

Reading This Article Won’t Make You Rich

I’ve read (literally) thousands of personal finance articles that say just the opposite of the title of this one. They all offer some great path

Reader Mailbag #35

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 Frugal Duchess

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. It fills a special warm place in my heart when a fellow blogger, one

11.02.08

A Guide to Winterizing Your House

Winter is approaching and in much of the United States, that means very cold temperatures, snow, and ice. Here in the upper Midwest, it gets

11.01.08

25 Free Mac OS Software Solutions

About two years ago, I wrote a very popular piece for The Simple Dollar called 30 useful Pieces Of Free (and Open) Software for Windows.

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