What I’ve Learned From My Family Tree

When I was in high school, I went through a period where I was obsessed with building a thorough family tree. I tried to thoroughly

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Two Reader Mailbags Per Week (?) Edition

In a few weeks, the book club reading of The Intelligent Investor, which I post each Friday morning, will be finished. Some of you will


Struggling with the Guardianship Question

Several months ago, I wrote an article entitled The Guardianship Question, where I discussed at length the challenges that parents face when making the difficult

Using a Gratitude Journal as a Personal Motivator to Save Money and Enjoy Life

A few weeks ago, a nice reader named Nicole introduced me to the concept of a gratitude journal: Have you ever written about a gratitude

What’s First, What’s Next

A little over a week ago, J.D. at Get Rich Slowly posted an article entitled “What Next?” The Third Stage of Personal Finance, where he

Reader Mailbag #50

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: Presentation Zen

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. Lately, I’ve been working hard on improving my presentation skills.


Tips For Low Risk Investments

Jamie writes in: I’m twenty eight years old and am now debt free. I’d like to start investing, but I have almost no tolerance for

About My Wife, Sarah

Today is Valentine’s Day, and what better way to talk about the day than to talk about my wonderful wife and how she constantly and

Financial Windfalls and a Revelation About Debt

Earlier this week, I tossed out an interesting question to the people following me on Twitter: What would you do if someone gave you an

The Intelligent Investor: Four Extremely Instructive Case Histories

This is the nineteenth 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.

Making a Monthly Personal Balance Sheet

More than a few times, I’ve mentioned that I enjoy calculating my net worth on a regular basis and using that to see how my

One Step Isn’t a Journey

Lately, I’ve been listening to a wide variety of podcasts and talk radio stations while writing, mostly in order to expose myself to thoughts and

Using the “Thirty Day Challenge” for Personal Benefit

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Leo Babauta’s excellent book The Power of Less, which details a lifestyle philosophy of reducing and simplifying life. One

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kindle Edition

For those of you who might be visiting The Simple Dollar via the … suboptimal web browser on their Amazon Kindle (or otherwise own one),

Riding the Line of Overcautiousness

Over the last few months, I’ve made the conscious decision to investigate long term disability insurance and long term care insurance for myself to help

Maturity and Money

The one absolute requirement of a money manager is emotional maturity. If you don’t know who you are, the stock market is an expensive place

Reader Mailbag #49

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