The Simple Dollar Podcast #5: Talking to Parents

The fifth episode focuses on talking to parents about money and their estate planning as they get older. Along the way, I mention my own

The Best Money Advice, in Ten Words or Less

About a week ago, I challenged my followers on Twitter to give me their best single piece of money advice in ten words or less.


Blending Work and Family: How We Do It

One common question I’m asked a lot is how we actually balance our work lives and our family lives. Barb sums it up best: How


The Cheap Garbage Bag Dilemma

The things that stick in your head after reading a book are often interesting. For example, just yesterday I posted a detailed review of Miserly

Reader Mailbag #69

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: Miserly Moms

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy wears its target audience right on its cover –

Personal Finance 101: Why Do I Need Credit At All?

Samantha writes in: I don’t understand why I need credit at all. Credit just gets you into debt and you wind up paying interest to

The Two-Account System for Automatic Savings

Millie writes in, describing her interesting system of making herself save: I have my paycheck direct deposited into ING Direct. It comes in like clockwork

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 27, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is


How Low Can You Go? Moorish-Style Chickpea And Spinach Stew

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled “How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes


Rule #2: Don’t Over-Think Your Investments.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a

The “Lake Wobegon” Effect

Where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. – Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion Sure,

Friendships and Financial Responsibility

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, one of the biggest struggles I had was figuring out how to redefine some of my friendships


Money and Power

Charles writes in: The real reason people want to be rich isn’t so they can buy stuff. It’s so they can have power over others.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Camping Edition

My wife and kids and I went camping for four days this past weekend, starting on Thursday afternoon. We camped in a state park in

The Simple Dollar Podcast #4: Food

The fourth episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on food. I talk about ten tactics for reducing your food bills without reducing health and

The Personal Finance Chore List

When I sit back, take a breather, and evaluate the things I have on my plate, I often find that lots of little personal finance


Make Starting a Small Business/Freelancing a Success

An acquaintance from my previous career wrote to me recently asking about the steps I took when I made the switch to working at home: