07.31.09

How Low Can You Go? Chicken-and-Corn Fried Rice with Lemon Spinach

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

07.31.09

Rule #7: Watch Your Progress – But Make It Fun.

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

07.30.09

Passion by the Hour

On our DVD shelf, which is admittedly quite thinner than it used to be, there are quite a few DVDs that we’ve watched once and

07.30.09

Thoughts on Investing with Added Personal Value

A while back, I wrote about my best friend (besides my wife), John. John doesn’t spend money on frivolous things at all – he spends

The Total Money Makeover: College Funding

This is the ninth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Writing Practice Edition

A friend of mine who has published a small pile of books made a really good suggestion recently: why don’t you use Twitter to really

The Simple Dollar Podcast #9: The Realities of Freelancing

The ninth episode focuses on the realities and challenges of freelancing, a topic requested by podcast listeners and Simple Dollar readers. Total length: 15:20 Listen

07.28.09

Makers and Managers: How It Can Help Your Career

And now for something a little different… I recently read a fantastic article by Paul Graham entitled Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule, in which Graham outlines

07.27.09

The Best Career Advice, in Ten Words or Less

After the huge success of asking for the best money advice in ten words or less, I decided to repeat the experiment. About a week

Reader Mailbag #73

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 Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. In 2005, my son was born. To say we were unprepared for it is

07.26.09

Does Earning More Trump Frugality?

Milton writes in with a good question, worthy of discussion: I don’t see why I should spend fifteen minutes making a batch of homemade laundry

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – July 25, 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

The Total Money Makeover: Maximize Retirement Investing

This is the eighth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on

07.24.09

How Low Can You Go? Lemony Fettuccine with Asparagus

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

07.24.09

Rule #6: Stop Trying to Impress Other People.

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 Cost of Free

Chris Anderson’s most recent book, Free, argues that the future of many forms of commerce revolve around giving away their products to consumers without any

Resetting the Scale

One of my passions is food. If you’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for long, you know that I love spending a couple of hours

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