Putting the “Important but Not Urgent” Tasks Above the “Urgent but Not Important” Tasks

One of the biggest personal and professional frustrations that I have (and that a lot of others seem to share) is that there’s never enough

Reader Mailbag #91

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 Leap

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal growth, personal productivity, or career book. This is a book I wish I had my hands

Some Thoughts on the Prosperity Gospel

Quite often, I’m emailed about a subject so frequently that I decide that, instead of just writing the same answer again and again, I should

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 28, 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

Making Buyers

Yesterday, my four year old son was watching a television program at his grandparents’ home. At our own home, we don’t watch much non-PBS programming

11.27.09

Seven Secrets of Good Presentations

Over the last few months, I’ve given a small pile of presentations related to The Simple Dollar, my upcoming book, and other topics. Along the

Spending on Your Passion

Recently, I picked up two Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart French ovens on a special deal. I’ve been slowly upgrading our kitchen implements and I’ve

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Travel Tips Edition

Since many of you are reading this during the workday and will be traveling as soon as you leave, I thought I would collect together

11.24.09

Teenagers and Expensive Clothes

Monica writes in: I used to buy my daughter several new outfits before the start of the school year and then a few more items

New Eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust The single most important element of

11.23.09

How to Start a Meal Exchange

Recently, several couples in our community started a frozen meal exchange. It’s a really simple idea. On a certain day, everyone in the exchange meets

Reader Mailbag #90

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: Killing Sacred Cows

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I quite enjoy reading personal finance books that offer different advice and ideas than

Consumption Smoothing and Why It Doesn’t Work

When I was a young professional, my income was relatively low – substantially lower than it was even five years later. I knew that over

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 21, 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

11.20.09

“So, What Do You Want for Christmas?”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard this question several times from various people who find me on their Christmas gift list this year. I’m

11.20.09

10 Tactics for a Frugal Thanksgiving Dinner

By this time next week, most Americans will have gathered with friends and family and eaten the traditional Thanksgiving meal. I’ll be gathering for three

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