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


On Giving Up the Dream

Matt sends me this heartbreaking email (I trimmed it down to the important pieces): Like you, I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. I also


Nine Creative Ways to Utilize Leftovers from Common Meals

One of the best ways to really extract the value from a meal is to utilize every bit of the leftover food instead of merely

My Take on Christian Themes in Personal Finance Books

Several months ago, I wrote that I had misgivings about reviewing books on The Simple Dollar if they had a strong religious theme running through

The Intelligent Investor: The Investor and His Advisers

This is the eleventh 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.

Money and Honesty

One of my favorite people in the world to talk to is my pastor. Our conversations are wide-ranging: we might talk about Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s writings


Planning Ahead for Next Year’s Garden

You might be surprised to find that, as winter sets in here in Iowa, we’re eagerly planning our garden for 2009. In fact, I’d argue


The Two-Career Assumption

One of the biggest assumptions I see in married couples my age is that both partners must be pursuing a career. In almost every married

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Cards Edition

My wife and I traditionally send out about sixty Christmas cards each year via the postal service. As has been the case the past few

Six Ideas for Future Directions for The Simple Dollar – Your Thoughts?

Every few months, I like to open up the doors for suggestions on future directions and post ideas for The Simple Dollar. I often conceive


Synergizing Hobbies and Career to Succeed

Since reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (and reviewing it), the concept of what makes an individual exceptionally successful in a particular area has been heavy


Are You Insuring the Irreplaceable?

A few weeks ago, I decided to spend a few hours looking carefully at all of our insurance policies. I knew in general how most

Reader Mailbag #41

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: Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Rather than being a typical personal finance “advice” book, Enough is more of a

Some Thoughts on “Wallet Fasting”

The first reaction of many people when they realize that they have a spending problem is to simply go on a “wallet fast.” They stop


7 Tips For Dealing With Winter Weather Conditions

For those of you who live in the northern states, winter weather conditions are a very common obstacle. Almost every other morning, I find myself

The Expensive Ups and Downs of Christmas

Every year, the Christmas season brings forth a wide variety of feelings for me. I’m flooded with memories from my childhood – time spent with

The Intelligent Investor: Investing in Investment Funds

This is the tenth 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.