Reader Mailbag #45

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: Scratch Beginnings

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. One of the most common complaints I hear about on The Simple Dollar is

The Secrets to Entrepreneurship? Or More?

Earlier this week, I stumbled across an October article from Inc. entitled Street Smarts: Secrets of a $110 Million Man. The article carefully outlined ten

01.10.09

Children, Christmas, and the Materialism Battle

Seth Godin pointed me towards this video of children opening Nintendo Wiis on Christmas morning (it’s well worth watching at least the first minute or

01.09.09

Frugality and Binge Buying

Our one year old daughter has discovered a fun game in the family room. Whenever we are down there, she marches right over to the

The Intelligent Investor: A Comparison of Four Listed Companies

This is the fourteenth 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.

Debt Reduction & Debt Relief Programs: What’s the Catch?

One of the most frequent issues that readers contact me about is more information about a debt reduction or debt elimination program that they heard

Accomplishing the Little Things You Never Get Around To

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I start off every day with a pretty full to-do list – usually numbering twenty items or so. On

01.07.09

When Your Finances Improve, Is Frugality Necessary?

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, I was working at a very stable 9-to-5 job that paid quite well. My wife and I

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Holiday Reading Edition

As the New Year rolls around, I find myself engrossed in several new books received over the holiday season. The largest, by far, is Neal

01.06.09

Do Children Really Cause Financial Burdens?

I was recently browsing a comment thread on Lifehacker when one particular comment stood out to me: Having kids is one of the most expensive

Personal Finance 101: On Ponzi Schemes and Other Things

Understanding Ponzi Schemes and Making the Right Investments One of the biggest financial stories of the last month or so was the revelation that Bernie

A Mother’s Gifts

Recently, my mother celebrated her birthday in her usual quiet fashion. She likely never mentioned the day to anyone, remaining just happy to receive a

Reader Mailbag #44

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: Making It All Work

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or entrepreneurship book. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m a huge fan

01.04.09

7 Huge Financial Mistakes I Made During College

Over the last few weeks, I have been reflecting on how many members of my rather close extended family are either near high school graduation

Hand-Me-Downs: Consumer Protectionism Gone Too Far?

After writing this, I’m pretty sure that this article will stir up some potentially intense comments. I encourage disagreement with my take on this situation

Navigating the Hazards of Impulse Purchasing

This Christmas, I received a 32 GB iPod Touch as a gift – yes, it was the main gift I received this year. Unsurprisingly, after

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