Is Your Local Warehouse Store Worth Your While? Here’s How to Find Out

My wife and I have been members at Sam’s Club for years. We use it to buy tons of items in bulk – but over

04.20.09

Time, Frugality, and Values

A few days ago, I wrote about the dilemma of whether it’s worth spending twenty minutes arguing to earn $10, a post that I hoped

Reader Mailbag #59

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: Fight for Your Money

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’ve reviewed quite a few David Bach books over the years: The Automatic Millionaire,

The Facts About Credit Cards For Teenagers

A reader recently pointed me towards an interesting article at MSN MoneyCentral on the topic of restricting the access that teenagers have to credit cards.

The First Five Minutes

Several people have asked me how I started The Simple Dollar and how I found the initiative to keep writing even in the early days

How to Save Money at Your Desk in the Next Hour

As you read this, you’re likely sitting at a computer with internet access, or perhaps a mobile device of some time. You have a little

04.17.09

Some Thoughts on Investing For Your Kids

As I mentioned before, I started saving for my children’s college education as early as I possibly could – in mid-2005 for my son and

The Little Benefits of Trying

I’m proud of my brother Mark. When I was a little boy, I adored him. He was a great older brother. He was about ten

04.16.09

The Art of the Apology

One Saturday during one of my previous employments, I received an interesting phone call from my supervisor. He informed me that one of my coworkers

Ten Dollars, Twenty Minutes

A few days ago, I was standing in the checkout line at Target behind a woman who was arguing about the price of two stools

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Baseball Season Edition

Baseball has been a big part of my life since my earliest days. In fact, several of my earliest memories revolve around watching baseball with

Nine Pieces of Free Software I Use Every Day

I spend hours each day at one of my two computers – either my desktop Mac (a Mac Mini – the most cost-effective type of

04.14.09

Buying Fresh, Buying Cheap

Rick writes in: You talk all the time about buying fresh foods, but they’re always more expensive than the canned versions and other foods I

Personal Finance 101: Charge Cards vs. Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards

Understanding the Pros and Cons and Finding the Right Card for You A very long time ago, I wrote an extremely brief article covering the

Reader Mailbag #58

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: You’ve Got to Be Believed to Be Heard

Over the next several months, I’m giving several presentations and speeches on my story and what I learned about personal finance along the way. Some

04.12.09

Musings on a Little Boy’s Haircut

On Wednesday, I took my son to get his hair cut. We’ve been trying several local barbers/hairstylists to find someone who can cut his hair

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