The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 31, 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

10.31.09

Retirement Questions for People in Their Twenties

“Shane” writes in: I’m twenty three years old. I just got a really great job with a 401k that’s matched 100% by my employer up

10 Important Personal Finance Tips I Have Learned

Over the past three years, I’ve had countless opportunities to reflect not only on my own personal finance and life journey, but that of thousands

Three Years of The Simple Dollar: My 25 Favorite Articles of the Past Year

Three years ago today, I officially launched The Simple Dollar. It’s been a crazy ride. Each year, on the anniversary of the launch, I’ve highlighted

Some Thoughts on Ultra-Preparedness

Three recent emails from readers have made me focus lately on how much preparation for disasters we should be doing. First, from “Adam”: Do you

Why Windfalls Make Many People Unhappy

FMF pointed me to this article from the Washington Post on the sad end of Bud Post, a lottery winner from Pennsylvania: William “Bud” Post

10.28.09

Is Your Work Too Important?

“One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdowns is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. If I were a medical man, I should

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Third Child Edition

I’m pleased to announce that we’re expecting our third child. The baby is due in late April. And, of course, when the child is born,

How a Carrying a Notebook Can Save You Money

Melinda writes in: You constantly write about how having a notebook in your pocket all the time helps you in life and saves you money.

10.27.09

Thoughts on Finding Good Customer Service

Whenever I mention a company on The Simple Dollar – Apple, Dell, Nintendo, Williams-Sonoma, etc. etc. – I usually receive an email or two from

Stress and Overspending

Lately, I’ve been under a lot of stress – perhaps the highest level of stress I’ve been under since switching to a full-time writing career.

Reader Mailbag #86

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 Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Ever since I first gave it a sincere read-through in late 2006, The Bogleheads’

10.25.09

Ethical Frugality Week: Regifting

This is the final entry in a weeklong series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 24, 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

Never Eat Alone: Welcome to the Connected Age

This is the sixteenth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this

Memories Are Made of This

A little over a year ago, I began trying a new idea in my personal journal. Each day, I wrote down the five best things

10.23.09

Ethical Frugality Week: Serving Leftovers

Throughout this week, I’m posting a series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line

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