Month: May 2014

The Simple Dollar: Best of 2008

2008 was the second full year of existence for The Simple Dollar. Over the course of the year, I posted some 700 articles – some good, some bad, and some ugly. Below, I tried to pick out most of the good ones to create something of an anthology for 2008. Hope you enjoy it! (By …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Years Notes Edition

One of my favorite things to do as the new year approaches is hit many of my favorite blogs and find some of their writings about the resolutions they made for the year past – or the resolutions they intend to make for the coming year. I almost always find something insightful in such discussions, …

Categories: Books and Reading

New Year’s Resolution Workshop #5: Launch My Dream Career

Between Christmas and New Year’s, we’re taking a look at five common New Year’s resolutions that people often adopt for their finances, evaluate some of the traps that people fall into with regards to that resolution, and come up with some real actions that can turn a challenging New Year’s resolution into a success. I …

Categories: Careers

How We’re Frugally Celebrating the New Year

Tomorrow evening, like billions of people around the world, my wife and I will be celebrating the coming new year. Some people celebrate this by having a big New Year’s Eve bash at their home. Others go out to various parties, enjoying the celebrations put on by others. Still others spend the evening quietly at …

Categories: Frugality

New Year’s Resolution Workshop #4: Protect My Family’s Future

Between Christmas and New Year’s, we’re taking a look at five common New Year’s resolutions that people often adopt for their finances, evaluate some of the traps that people fall into with regards to that resolution, and come up with some real actions that can turn a challenging New Year’s resolution into a success. We …

Categories: Education, Family

Reader Mailbag #43

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 topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. As usual, we’ll start things off with …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: Living Well on One Income

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. A week and a half ago, I wrote a piece about Christian themes in personal finance books. I wrote that piece mostly because I was trying to work through my feelings about this book. Living Well on One Income by Cynthia Yates is an …

New Year’s Resolution Workshop #3: Save for a Down Payment

Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look at five common New Year’s resolutions that people often adopt for their finances, evaluate some of the traps that people fall into with regards to that resolution, and come up with some real actions that can turn a challenging New Year’s resolution into a …

Categories: Housing

New Year’s Resolution Workshop #2: Spend Less Money

Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look at five common New Year’s resolutions that people often adopt for their finances, evaluate some of the traps that people fall into with regards to that resolution, and come up with some real actions that can turn a challenging New Year’s resolution into a …

New Year’s Resolution Workshop #1: Get Started with Retirement

Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look at five common New Year’s resolutions that people often adopt for their finances, evaluate some of the traps that people fall into with regards to that resolution, and come up with some real actions that can turn a challenging New Year’s resolution into a …

Categories: Retirement

The Intelligent Investor: A General Approach to Security Analysis for the Lay Investor

This is the twelfth 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. Warren Buffett describes this book: “I read the first edition of this book early in 1950, when I was nineteen. I thought then that it was by far the best …

Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar

As you read this, my children are likely passed out on the floor from tearing open presents, emptying stockings on the floor, running around in a Christmas-induced sugar rush, and a big dinner with friends and family. As for me, hopefully I’m taking a big Christmas nap in a comfortable spot somewhere. Hope you have …

Categories: Home and Life

The Perfect Christmas Gift

Each Christmas season follows the same general routine. Throughout the year, I keep my eye open for good Christmas gift ideas for my family and friends. I’ll glance through flyers, look at sales, and stop in at exceptional events like “going out of business” sales with the idea in mind that I’ll find an amazing …

Categories: Uncategorized

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Notes Edition

Christmas Eve. It’s a wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? My oldest child is three, and he’s just old enough to start really getting into the season, shouting loudly at every sight of Santa Claus, happily collecting candy canes, and singing “JINGLE BELLS! JINGLE BELLS!” over and over again. As for me, the best …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Limits of Frugality: What’s Next When You Can’t Cut Any More?

Jen writes in: Since our son was born, we’ve been trying to function as a one income family, but it just isn’t working. We’ve cut out every expense we can think of and are jumping through every hoop we can find to save money, but we’re simply not making ends meet. What’s next? Surely it …

Some Thoughts on Anniversaries and Their Requisite Gifts

On our first wedding anniversary, I didn’t get my wife a gift. Quite frankly, I considered the idea, but shelved it because it didn’t seem like a major situation. I believed that sometimes it’s nice to get a gift for a “major” anniversary (one ending in a 5 or a 0), but for other anniversaries, …

Categories: Family

Twelve Tips for Frugal Christmas Travel

As you read this, my wife and kids and I are in the midst of a lengthy Christmas trip. We’re visiting friends and family strewn all about the Midwest, and that means lots of hours in the car with two small children. Much like everyone else, we strive to minimize both the time spent in …

Categories: Automobile, Frugality

Reader Mailbag #42

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 topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. As usual, we’ll start things off with …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: Get Everything Done

Every other week, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. A few months ago, I was very pleasantly surprised by Mark Forster’s personal productivity book, Do It Tomorrow. Most of the time, when I open up a personal productivity or time management book, I can pretty much predict what the …