Review: How to Be the Family CFO

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. As of late, I’ve been reading a lot of what one might call “business

Using Twitter to Save Money

Perhaps my favorite online development over the last year or so has been the explosion of Twitter. For those living under a rock who have

Accused of Being a Cheapskate

A few days ago, I was giving a phone interview about The Simple Dollar and general frugality and personal finance topics when the interviewer threw

The End Is the Beginning

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki When I first began my financial turnaround,

The Intelligent Investor: Four Extremely Instructive Case Histories

This is the eighteenth 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.


Thoughts on Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Ever since the first Valentine’s Day that my wife and I spent as a couple (1998, for those curious), we’ve done a wide variety of


My Own Private Frugality

I really enjoy reading big collections of frugality tips. Books like The Complete Tightwad Gazette and web pages like 100 Things to Do During a


Going Back to School and Still Working

Julie writes in: I have decided to apply to a library science master’s program. I can afford it without taking out a loan, it will

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Obsolete Edition

A recent BusinessWeek article (Obsolete Computers That Still Do The Job) inspired me to think about the “obsolete” things in my own life. We have

What to Do If You Have a Great Idea

A reader I’ll call Mitch has an interesting question: About a week ago, I was sort of daydreaming while watching television when all of a

Life Advice to a Graduating College Student

A long time reader that I’ll call “Samantha” wrote to me with the following question: I’m a senior in college and will be graduating in


Bigger Dreams, Smaller Houses

A few years ago, there was a very widely circulated statistic from the National Association of Home Builders about the increase in home sizes over

Reader Mailbag #48

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 Power of Less

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or entrepreneurship book. I’ve been a reader of the Zen Habits blog nearly

The Bills Your Parents Didn’t Have

When I was young, my parents always managed to make ends meet, even though my mother was a stay-at-home mom (she had a less-than-ten hours