Reader Mailbag #68

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: Mindset

Every other week, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or entrepreneurship book of interest. At first glance, Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck

Avoiding Spending Is Not The Same As Saving Money

I’ve written often about the value of changing routines. Eliminating a routine that involves spending money needlessly, or substituting a different routine that involves spending

06.20.09

When Is a Child Ready for an Allowance?

This question has been on our minds quite a bit recently, as our three and a half year old son continues to grow and mature.

The “Foot-In-The-Door” Money Trap

A few weeks ago, I received a simple request from a person I know in the community. She asked me to go to a website

06.19.09

Rule #1: Spend Less Than You Earn.

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

Digging Deep

Recently, several readers have written to me bringing up various points about writing about money. Edward writes: I’ve been a reader of The Simple Dollar

September 23, 2005

On that day, I wrote the following entry in my personal journal (edited just a bit): Sometimes I feel like my life is completely without

06.17.09

The Truth About Grocery Store Flyers

One tactic I mention regularly for saving money on your food purchases is to watch the grocery store flyer for sales, then plan your meals

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Club Edition

Given the very positive (overall) comment, email, and Twitter response to my idea of bringing back the “book club” idea for a handful of books,

The Simple Dollar Podcast #3 – Short Term Goals

The third episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on short-term goals. I talk about several of my own short-term goals and discuss some tactics

06.16.09

Frugal Vacation Notes: Dallas/Fortworth

Over the past week, my wife, my children, my parents and I all went on vacation to the Dallas/Fort Worth area (we had planned a

The Time Cost of Investing: Does Obliviousness Pay Off?

One aspect of buy-and-hold investing in low-cost index funds that has always attracted me is that there is an extremely low time cost. Once you

Reader Mailbag #67

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 1-2-3 Money Plan

Every other week, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Greg Karp is the author of the “Spending Smart” column which appears in a

A Deal-Collecting Email Address

A while back, while checking out at a Williams-Sonoma (this place is my guilty pleasure – what can I say?), the cashier asked me if

Why I Keep Reading Personal Finance Books

Scott writes in: How can you read and review a personal finance book every week? I’ve read three or four of them and they seem

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 13, 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

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