It Can’t Love You Back

A few nights ago, my wife had to work late, so I was charged with an evening at home alone with my three year old


The Frugal Magic of the “Five Ingredient Crock Pot Meal”

We use our crock pot all the time. Rarely does a week go by when we don’t use it at least twice. It enables us

The Intelligent Investor: Convertible Issues and Warrants

This is the seventeenth 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.

The Need for Recognition

Nearly all of us work hard for a living. We go to work, throw at least some of our heart, soul, and energy into the


Ten Surprising Things I Like to Buy in Bulk

I’ve always been a fan of warehouse stores. On many, many items, you can get a great deal there if you’re willing to buy a


Making the Hard Choice

A few days ago, Seth Godin (my single favorite blogger by far) wrote the following: Think about how often your goal at a conference or

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Nature Exploration in Winter Edition

Suddenly, my three year old son is very interested in nature and the outdoors. He’s started noticing tons of things outside (even in the Iowa

The “Super Bowl TV”: What a Difference Waiting a Year Can Make on a Big Purchase

An old friend of mine just dropped $2,000 on a large flat panel HDTV for his den, intending it to be the centerpiece of his

Doing the Wrong Thing

It is better to do the wrong thing than to do nothing. – Winston Churchill I have a strong tendency to overanalyze things, getting myself

The Iceland Scenario: What Can You Do?

For those of you who don’t follow international news very closely, Iceland suffered a very rough year in 2008. As recently as early October 2008,

Reader Mailbag #47

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: Easy Money

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Liz Pulliam Weston is described on MSN as “the web’s number one personal finance


Finding Your Way Home

When I was young, I was surrounded by frugality. My parents did everything they could to shave a few dollars off of their monthly budget,


Treasures in the Cupboard

My wife and I have an overstuffed pantry. Sometimes, it’s almost difficult to get the door closed because we have so much food stocked away.

Financial Success and Sacrifice

In the many articles I’ve written about my financial recovery, I’ve mentioned lots of things I chose to give up – buying DVDs, going out

The Intelligent Investor: Stock Selection for the Enterprising Investor

This is the sixteenth 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.

Some Thoughts on the Revised Edition of Your Money or Your Life

I’ve mentioned time and time again on The Simple Dollar that there is one personal finance book that, in my eyes, stands out above all

How I Look at Economic News: Beyond the Talking Heads

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m not afraid of the current economic conditions. I simply don’t buy into the fear that is constantly being

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