03.31.09

A Reasonable Engagement

This is the second entry in a five part series this week on the stages of a relationship and how you can make financially sound

03.31.09

Synergy in Life and Money

It’s amazing to me how often one part of my life is in opposition to other parts. Last Thursday, for example, my wife stayed home

03.30.09

A Reasonable Courtship

This is the first entry in a five part series this week on the stages of a relationship and how you can make financially sound

Reader Mailbag #56

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: Detox Your Desk

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. My desk is a mess. It’s not so much a

You Can’t Get Better Results Without Changing Anything

Some of us want to get out of debt. Some of us want a better career. Some of us are shooting for financial independence. Some

03.28.09

Eight Thoughts for New Parents

Over the last two weeks, at least three longtime readers of The Simple Dollar plus a close friend of our family had new babies enter

03.27.09

Spring and the Awakening Garden

Spring is awakening here in Iowa, and for us that means getting outside, doing some yard work, and getting some early work done with our

03.27.09

Fake It ’til You Make It?

Recently, I’ve received emails from several readers with the often-quoted career nugget “Fake It ’til You Make It” in their email signature. I’ve heard the

03.26.09

The Hidden Costs of Your Job

One of the most interesting aspects of working from home is how it altered my spending in countless little ways. Before I made the switch,

Ten Time Management Tips That Work for Me

Over the last few years, I’ve read a ton of time management books and tried out literally hundreds of systems and standalone ideas for maximizing

The Low-Interest Debt Debate

A few days ago, I posted an article about our purchase of a 2009 Toyota Prius. One of the elements of the article that got

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Review Index Edition

I put together an index of all my book reviews for people who like to follow them (and want to easily find older reviews in

03.24.09

Finding a Great Mentor in College

When I first went to college, I was lost. I had grown up in a tiny town where virtually everyone around me had started factory

Splurges, Habits, and Projection

I recently wrote about the “connection” between quality of life and consumer spending, concluding that it’s financially healthy to derive a sense of quality of

A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Big Goals Achievable

Here are a few recent emails I’ve received. From Connie: Over the last few years, I’ve taught myself to play acoustic guitar and lately I’ve

Reader Mailbag #55

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: I Will Teach You to Be Rich

Many of you will probably remember the little debate between myself and Ramit Sethi a few weeks ago about the usefulness of frugality. Ramit stated

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