The Little Things That Make You Happy

One of the most constant criticisms leveled against me (and against anyone who talks about frugality regularly) is that, in order to save a few

Establishing Positive Habits and Routines

Mike writes in: If I had to evaluate myself, I’d say one of my largest challenges is my ability to maintain self-discipline. There are always


Lifting Your Spirits For Free

The last week has been pretty rough for me following the passing of my grandmother. I was pretty close to her from my earliest years,


Weekday Misery, Weekend Pleasure

Since starting The Simple Dollar, friends and family and neighbors have started coming to me regularly to chat about money issues. Most of the time,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Thank You Edition

On behalf of myself and my family, thank you to the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of readers who directly sent us messages of condolence – and

Is Suze Right? Do Emergency Funds Now Trump Debt Repayment?

Recently, an astute reader pointed me towards a very interesting Yahoo! Finance article entitled Suze Orman and the New Rules of Credit Card Debt. In


Thoughts After Losing a Loved One

My maternal grandmother passed away very suddenly this past Thursday. It caught me completely by surprise, in fact – I was working on arrangements for


Can You Live Without That Service?

When I reached my financial bottom, one of my first responses was to look for fat to cut out of my life. I eliminated Netflix.

Reader Mailbag #57

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 Difference

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I really enjoy books like The Millionaire Next Door – books that focus on

Thoughts on Manhattan

Several evenings ago, I was looking for a movie to watch when I stumbled upon the end of the Woody Allen film Manhattan. A single

Jack of All Trades: How You Can Become One

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet,


A Reasonable Marriage

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


Theodore Roosevelt on Financial Success

For me, few things are more compelling than biographies of compelling people who led exceptional lives. In their lives and decisions, we can all find


A Reasonable Honeymoon

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

I Need Your Help!

As The Simple Dollar has grown in popularity over time, I’ve been able to slowly gain more and more control over the advertising that appears


A Reasonable Wedding

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

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Freebies Edition

One interesting element of having a fairly popular blog is the amount of free stuff people want to send you for the purpose of convincing

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