Five Frugal Lessons from My Parents

Over the last few weeks (since the passing of my grandmother), I’ve spent a ton of time with my parents, who live about four hours


Help! I Owe More On My Car Than It’s Worth!

“Michael” writes in with a common question: What do you do when you find your car is worth less than you owe on it? This

Ten Things I Wish I Had Done When I Was Twenty

I’m thirty years old. Over the last ten years, my life has changed radically. I went from being a college student to being an office

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Amazon Oddities Edition

Several people have asked me about two things that have popped up on Amazon with me as an author, so I thought I’d mention them


A Graduation Gift That Matters

When I graduated from high school – and again when I graduated from college – I received quite a few gifts from friends and family

Do Personal Goals Have a Dangerous Side?

A recent Boston Globe article entitled “Ready, Aim… Fail” discusses the failure of setting a major goal at GM: In the early years of this


The Variables of a Purchase

My biggest criteria for most of my purchases is simply price. What’s the best deal I can get on an ear of corn or on

Reader Mailbag #60

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: Throw Out Fifty Things

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or entrepreneurship book of interest. Whenever I see clutter, I see money lost.


Eyes on the Prize

Right now, in our driveway, sits the oldest, most beat-up looking vehicle on our block. It’s a 1997 Ford F-150 with about 150,000 miles on


Thoughts on Work, Personal Life, and Frugality

I strive quite hard to create a dividing line between my “work life” and my “personal life.” Generally, that means setting pretty strict hours for


Frugal Food Tactics from Trent’s Kitchen

I love to cook. Along the way, I often discover excellent shortcuts and money-saving tactics for home food preparation. I get excited, and I immediately

A Tour of My Messenger Bag

My laptop messenger bag is basically my mobile office. I take it with me whenever I leave the house for anything more than a trip


Solving the Mother’s Day Debate

Whenever Mother’s Day rolls around (and it’s just about here), people seem to congregate into two camps on the issue. First, there’s the celebrate your


Personal Finance 101: What Is a 529?

Investing in a 529 Plan Fairly regularly on The Simple Dollar, I mention that I’m investing in 529 college savings plans for my two children.


What’s Next?

One of the biggest themes running through The Simple Dollar is the drive to get one’s financial house in order – eliminate that high-interest debt,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Survey Results Edition

The survey results are starting to appear from the survey many of you took a few weeks ago (thanks again for doing this). I found


Lessons in Fuel-Efficient Driving

One of the interesting features of our Prius is that it keeps a running tab on your current gas mileage. You can see both the