An Interview With Vicki Robin

Vicki Robin is one of the authors of Your Money or Your Life, the personal finance book that, more than any other, influenced how I

How to Brew Beer (and What it Costs)

I’ve mentioned many times on The Simple Dollar that I figured out how to brew beer at home, and just as many times, readers have

The Intelligent Investor: “Margin of Safety” as the Central Concept of Investment

This is the twenty-first (and last) in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The


The “Challenge”

A few days ago, I Will Teach You to Be Rich posted an article entitled Trent says The Scrooge Strategy is “short-sighted” — I respond


Some Thoughts on Building a Successful Marriage

From my perspective, once you enter into the realm of marriage, building and maintaining a successful marriage is actually a big part of personal and


Understanding CD Rates

Dennis writes in with the following question about CD rates: My credit union has CDs. The rate for a three-month CD is 1.88% while the

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Podcast Edition

First, an update on my own podcast: I’ve done some test recordings of episodes and am currently showing them to some potential sponsors. I hope

Should You Use a Credit Card As Your Emergency Fund?

Over the years, tons of readers have written into me with some variation on the same question: is it appropriate to use my credit card


When You Go Too Cheap

Several days ago, my mother related to me a horror story about a particular dinner she’d prepared for herself and my father. She had purchased

Where Can You Turn If You Lose It All?

I received a long email recently from an utterly despondent woman (that I’ll call Ellen) who was caught in a devastating situation. A year ago,

Reader Mailbag #51

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: Work Less, Live More – The Way to Semi-Retirement

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Even before I began my financial turnaround, I dreamed of being able to settle


The Happy Minimum

Yesterday morning, my son and I were in the bathroom cleaning. I noticed that we were almost out of toilet paper. My son went to

When You’re Overcharged or Undercharged

While doing my weekly shopping trip (incidentally, this was also when I prepared for the breakfast burrito post), I headed to the checkout with a


Bulk Breakfast Burritos: Convenient, Cheap, Healthy, and Easier Than You Think

I’m a big believer in eating a good breakfast to start your day. A healthy, high-protein, low-fat breakfast provides the fuel you need to get

The Intelligent Investor: Shareholders and Managements: Dividend Policy

This is the twentieth 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 Giving Pocket

When I was about twenty years old, I was walking near the edge of a rough part of Des Moines, Iowa and I saw something


How to Make the “Money Talk” Work

Let’s face it: talking about money can be very, very difficult. I’m speaking from experience here: when my wife and I first started addressing our

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