The Source of Frugal Misery

Kevin writes in: Your examples of how to live frugally make it sound like your life [is terrible]. Why are you sacrificing all happiness to

When Should a Little Notion Get Big?

Several days ago, I made coq au vin and from-scratch French baguettes for dinner for my family. It took about three hours of work, all

Buying Experiences in Your Twenties

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of advice that I would give high school graduates. Two children that I watched grow up

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Places to Follow Me Edition

I’ve been dabbling in a number of very genre-specific social networks as of late, ones that are designed to take real advantage of specific interests.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #11: Networking with Value

The eleventh episode focuses on networking and building professional (and personal) relationships. How can you do this effectively? Total length: 8:30 Listen In! Other options


How Much Do Taxes Matter To You?

Susan writes in: I feel so helpless as a taxpayer, watching the ridiculous directions the senate, house and president are taking my country. Being self-employed,


Freezer and Fridge Hacks: Seven Ways to Maximize the Value of Your Refrigerator and Freezer

Your refrigerator/freezer combo is the biggest energy consumer among all of your appliances – seriously. It gobbles down around $100 in energy each year. Even

Reader Mailbag #75

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: Get A Financial Life

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Lately, there have been a ton of good books targeting people in their twenties


Enlightened Self-Interest

Jim writes in: You write all the time about just helping people and that it will somehow help you. I don’t see it. I understand

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – August 8, 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: Live Like No One Else

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


How Low Can You Go? Potato-Peanut Curry

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 #8: Take Care of Your Things.

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 Netflix Culture of Excellence

Yesterday, I stumbled across a brilliant presentation on Netflix’s corporate culture, via Jason Kottke’s website. The presentation did a brilliant job of outlining how Netflix


The Short and Long Term Choices

For many people, junk food is a serious temptation. It helps them feel a sense of comfort. It provides a quick burst of flavor. It

The Total Money Makeover: Build Wealth Like Crazy

This is the eleventh 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: Never Give Up Edition

I’ve been a Cubs fan all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this season. The team has been an utter train wreck all