• The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: About My Second Book Edition

    Since I’ve been dropping little hints for a while now that I’m deeply engrossed in my second book, several folks have emailed and Twittered me asking for more details. Here’s what I’ll say about it (for now). This book is complicated. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever written in my life by far. If you …

  • The Simple Dollar Podcast #8: My Top Personal Finance and Personal Development Book Picks

    The eighth episode focuses on the ten personal finance and personal development books that made a difference during my personal, financial, and professional turnaround. Hopefully, some of these can help you in your own life. Total length: 20:24. Listen In! Other options for enjoying The Simple Dollar Podcast include: Listen to this episode on a …

  • Over-Saving for Retirement?

    Haruki writes in: I am putting 15% of my salary into my 401(k) which gets a 5% match from my employer. I also contribute the max to my Roth IRA. I followed up with Haruki and found that his salary is $46,000 per year and he’s twenty seven years old, just for calculation’s sake. So …

  • Ten Unusual Ways to Improve Your Appearance of Confidence That Really Work

    I’ve seen it over and over again: the person in the office with self-confidence is the one that gets the plum assignments. The promotions. The raises. The recognition. The others, who sit back quietly, get left behind (and sometimes resent it). For a long time, I was one of the resentful folks. I had a …

  • Reader Mailbag #72

    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 topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I love gum. I know buying it …

  • Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

    Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a career, personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book of interest. Without really paying attention, I picked up Daniel Pink’s book The Adventures of Johnny Bunko at the library. I just glanced at the cover, noting the subtitle (“The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need”) and that it …

  • To Close or To Not Close a Paid-Off Credit Card?

    You’ve finally paid off that credit card. It’s sitting there with no balance on it and you regret ever owning it. It’s got a high interest rate and no rewards program and you will never use it again. But should you close it? This is an interesting debate that often comes up in personal finance …

  • The Simple Dollar Time Machine – July 18, 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 a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. I call …

  • The Total Money Makeover: The Debt Snowball

    This is the sixth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the seventh chapter, finishing on page 132. The next entry, covering the eighth chapter, will appear on …

  • How Low Can You Go? Cheesy Corkscrews with Crunchy Bacon Topping

    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 looked quite tasty, most of the dishes weren’t actually all that inexpensive, often narrowly getting below $10 to feed a family of four, and many involved arduous cooking processes. I …

  • Rule #5: Talk About Money (and Be Honest).

    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 list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. It’s late April 2006. I’ve finally realized how bad our …

  • Frugality’s Sacred Cows

    I define frugality as getting the maximum value for your dollar while living squarely within your means, which is a pretty reasonable definition. I wouldn’t expect someone making $15,000 a year that doesn’t sweat what they eat to make the same food choices as someone making $50,000 a year who highly values the quality of …

  • 480 Ways to Make More Money Today

    If you’re like a lot of Simple Dollar readers, you’re reading this article at the start of your work day (and if you’re not, imagine you are, at the start of your next work day). You’ve got a pile of things to do today, some of them urgent, but many of them not so urgent. …

  • The Total Money Makeover: Save $1,000 Fast

    This is the fifth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the sixth chapter, finishing on page 108. The next entry, covering the seventh chapter, will appear on …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Connections Edition

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve been surprised to find that several people that I used to know quite well in the past are quiet regular readers of The Simple Dollar. People from college, people from high school, and people from my earlier professional life are actually readers – something I would have barely believed …

  • The Simple Dollar Podcast #7: Lying About Money

    The seventh episode focuses on lying to others – and to yourself – about money. I relate several personal stories about lying from my own life, the consequences of those lies, and techniques one can use to overcome them.. Total time: 14:20. Listen In! Other options for enjoying The Simple Dollar Podcast include: Listen to …

  • David Ortiz

    “They pick me [to be tested for steroids] every time. I don’t know why. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a big guy, or what, but all I know is all they are going to find is a lot of rice and beans.” – David Ortiz in The Boston Globe, March 11, 2005 I’ve …

  • Nine Ways I Use Google Calendar to Keep My Money Straight

    Over the last year, I’ve been gradually moving away from a paper calendar (I used a Moleskine desk diary for it) to using Google Calendar for keeping track of all of my appointments, important dates, and other such information. It’s been a slow process – I’ve been using paper calendars for more than a decade, …

  • Reader Mailbag #71

    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 topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. Being fat is voluntary. People make a …