Checking Accounts and Bernie Madoff

Ronnie writes in: I’m curious what your thoughts are on fractional reserve banking. It seems to me that this method of banking is a high

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Snow Overload Edition

I’ll say this much: this has been the craziest winter of my adult life. Right now, as I look out my window, there’s easily two


Frugality, Freedom, and Hard Work

I spend a lot of time brainstorming articles for The Simple Dollar. Quite often, I don’t even have an article in mind when I’m trying

Thoughts on Inauguration Day

As many of you out there know, I’m pretty politically active in my spare time and I truly enjoy following and studying politics, both national

Never Left a Comment Before? There’s a First Time for Everything!

Recently, a reader (CreoleIvy08) suggested that I hold a “de-lurking day” in which I encouraged readers who did not regularly comment on The Simple Dollar

Reader Mailbag #46

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 War of Art

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. Remember the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance? It came

Personal Finance 101: How Much Money Is That Investment Really Earning Each Year?

Understanding the Annual Rate of Return and What it Means for You Quite often, when you see an advertisement trumpeting the amazing annual rate of


The Boomers Go Bust: What Can We Learn?

This started off as an email to a reader, but I thought that many other readers might find this of some value. Recently, I received


The Frugal Traveler and the Varying Definitions of Frugal

Recently, I’ve begun following the Frugal Traveler blog, hosted by the New York Times and written by Matt Gross. The title of the blog is

The Intelligent Investor: Stock Selection for the Defensive Investor

This is the fifteenth 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.

An Impulsive Mood

A few days ago, I was in a pretty down mood. I mostly just wanted to curl up somewhere and hide from the whole world.

Some Thoughts on Home Decor and Furnishing

When my wife and I purchased our home, we moved from an apartment with roughly 800 square feet of floor space into a house with


Recently, I wrote a review of Adam Shepard’s book Scratch Beginnings. In the book, Adam describes his attempt to “start from scratch” – employing nothing

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sleepy Days Edition

I’m currently in the midst of my first Iowa winter as a stay-at-home writer – and it’s fairly tough. Many days, after taking the kids


The Selling of Gold

Over the last several months, I’ve seen a continuous increase in the number of advertisements out there for gold. For me, this reached a fever


Teaching Frugality: The Power of Why

My three year old son has officially graduated to the “Why?” stage. Most parents – actually, anyone who has spent much time around a three


Update on Reselling Used Children’s Clothing

After my recent article about new restrictions on used children’s clothes from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), I received a flood of correspondence

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