Car Purchase 2: Judgment Day

A few months ago, I posted about our decision to buy a Prius after the fact. Although I’d mentioned for months that we were actively


Tuna Noodle Casserole: Easily, Quickly, and Cheaply

One of my favorite comfort foods growing up was my mother’s tuna noodle casserole. Here’s her recipe for it: 1 medium sized bag of egg


Thoughts on Angel Food Ministries

Over the last few weeks, quite a few readers have written to me asking about Angel Food Ministries. I’ve been very hesitant to discuss Angel

Debt Repayment and Frugality as Obsession

Yesterday, J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly posted an interesting article about whether repaying debt should be an obsession. His conclusion, to put it succinctly,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Yellow Edition

My twenty month old daughter’s favorite word is “yellow.” “What’s your favorite color, honey?” “Yellow!” “What do you want for supper?” “… yellow?” “What should

Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, an act that will quickly be passed into law with the


The Power of Transferrable Skills

When I was in college, the vast majority of my classes were effectively training for a career in research and scientific data management. Seven years


10 Resources for Finding Free and Cheap Things to Do This Summer

Like many families, the schedule of our family changes drastically during the summer. My wife goes on hiatus from her job for a few months,


The Advantages of Spending Less

Whenever I discuss frugal issues, someone usually brings up the argument that you’re better off focusing your energy on earning more money instead. While I

Reader Mailbag #63

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: Rich Like Them

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Rich Like Them by Ryan D’Agostino follows in the tradition of The Millionaire Next


Major Purchases and Your Specific Life Situation

When I turned sixteen, I had roughly $1,000 saved up with which to buy a car. Obviously, my biggest concern was what is the cheapest


The Tightwad Gazette’s “Flexible Casserole Recipe”

Although I love cooking interesting and complex meals for my family, the reality of life is that many nights, the time for meal preparation is

Seven Steps Towards Minimizing Your Junk Mail and Unwanted Calls

One big disadvantage of bargain hunting, being politically active, and researching personal finance products is that I often end up o a lot of mailing


Health and Money: The Power of Independent Steps

Several months ago, I visited my doctor during the process of figuring out an illness that was sapping a lot of my energy. One of


Playground Equipment: An Example of Sharing Resources with Neighbors

After reading my recent article about cooperating with your neighbors to share resources, my always-sharp wife Sarah made a great point. “You know, we have

Some Thoughts on Haggling

A very kind reader recently sent me a link to a fascinating article at Salon.com entitled How I Learned to Haggle. The article outlines a

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Food Blog Edition

A few weeks ago, I posted a list of the personal finance and personal development blogs I read. Several readers were quite surprised to find