Month: May 2014

Synergy

Many evenings, you’ll find me around my house reading a book or writing a short story or polishing a post for The Simple Dollar or working on a book of my own. I enjoy doing it – the act of writing, and even learning how to improve my writing, is very enjoyable to me. The …

Categories: Getting Started

Rule #13: Improve Yourself Every Chance You Get.

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. Throughout my life, I’ve found that there are two kinds …

Categories: 14 Money Rules

12 Clever Substitutions That Save Money (Nearly) Effortlessly

One of my favorite ways to trim money from my spending is to find simple little substitutes for my regular expenses. If I can trim a few bucks from the cost of household supplies, routine purchases, and other things like that, over the long run, that can add up to a lot of money with …

Categories: Frugality

Helicopter Parenting, Baby Boomers, & Financial Dependence

A few days ago, the AFL-CIO released the results of a surprising survey of workers under 35. This report, entitled Young Workers: A Lost Decade, contains some frightening statistics about the current state of employment and financial independence of people 35 and under. A Few Shocking Facts: – One in three young workers (those under …

Never Eat Alone: The Genius of Audacity

This is the third of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the fifth and sixth chapters, “The Genius …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: 400 By 40 Edition

Over the last week, I’ve been working on a “400 by 40″ list – a list of fairly simple things I’d like to do before my fortieth birthday (big thanks to Vicky for suggesting the idea). It’s been fun making the list, actually – I started it in a composition notebook and just jot down …

Categories: Morning Roundup

The Simple Dollar Podcast #15: Fixed and Growth Mindsets

The fifteenth episode looks at fixed mentalities and growth mentalities. Which do you have? How can you use that info to get ahead in your career? Total length: 5:30. Listen In! Other options for enjoying The Simple Dollar Podcast include: Listen to this episode on a separate page Subscribe via iTunes Download this episode (right …

Categories: Podcast

Five Ways I Disagree With Dave Ramsey

During the month of July, I conducted a very detailed discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. During the process, I realized that on most issues, I agreed fully with Dave. To a degree, this put a damper on the book club. It’s always interesting when there’s disagreement, after all, if everyone conducts themselves …

Categories: Dave Ramsey

The Path of Least Resistance Is the Path Without Opportunities

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein In response to my recent article, Are Poor People Lazy?, where I concluded that laziness doesn’t always equate to poverty and vice versa, Pamela left this comment: There are many factors that lead a person to the life they …

Reader Mailbag #79

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 have a very good friend, who …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

Review: The Assertiveness Workbook

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal growth, or career book. Over the past several months, I’ve reviewed a lot of books about entrepreneurship, building relationships with others, and climbing the career ladder. All of these techniques have one thing in common: they require you to stand up for yourself and …

You Can’t Take It With You

A while back, a reader suggested that I watch the 1938 Frank Capra movie You Can’t Take It With You, featuring Lionel Barrymore and Jimmy Stewart. I recently had a chance to sit down and watch the film and it left my mind flooded with thoughts about money and why we really chase it. The …

Categories: Getting Started

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 5, 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 …

Categories: Time Machine

Never Eat Alone: Build It Before You Need It

This is the second of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the third and fourth chapters, “What’s Your …

Cheaper and Better

“Let’s play catch, Daddy!” “Sure!” I said as I put away the final bits of our family’s picnic. Joe picked up the little football and ran out into the grassy field, ball in one hand, with his arms stretched out to the sides, catching the wind as he ran. The late summer sunlight made his …

Categories: Frugality

Rule #12: Build Real Friendships and Relationships.

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. Many people argue that the fundamental unit of value in …

Categories: 14 Money Rules

21 Ways to Reduce Your Spending Without Making Your Life Miserable

Jennifer writes in: You often talk about how spending less doesn’t have to make your life miserable. Yet, most of the ideas you give seem miserable to me! What ideas do you have that won’t make my life boring? Given that everyone’s life is different, it’s hard to point to a list of things that’s …

Your Mileage May Vary

“You should try it! It’s a great way to save money! You could write about it on The Simple Dollar!” She looked at me with her big round eyes, and I didn’t know what to say. To put it frankly, the tip seemed weird and I wasn’t going to try it. I was simply polite …

Never Eat Alone: Don’t Keep Score

This is the first of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the first two chapters, “Becoming a Member …