The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Endless Winter Edition

This has been the worst winter I have seen in my adult life. We have had several snowfalls of more than six inches over the

Hindsight Is 20/20

When I look back at my overspending days, it’s easy for me to see the many, many mistakes I made. My life was littered with

“Superman Syndrome” Revisited: Money and Self-Esteem

Two years ago, I posted a nice long article about what I call “Superman Syndrome” – a tendency for people to try to demonstrate their

Reader Mailbag: Kitchens and Careers

Welcome to this week’s Reader Mailbag! A note: I get enough questions to do two or three mailbags a week. I’ve considered putting a second

Review: 1/2 Price Living

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. 1/2 Price Living by Ellie Kay has a particularly noteworthy subtitle: Secrets

The Framework

We all have lives that are chock full of distractions. Television. Radio. Magazines. The behavior of other people. The comments of our friends and family.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 6, 2010

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

“I Just Want to Have Fun, Live My Life, and Worry About All That Stupid Personal Finance Stuff When I’m Older”

It’s the refrain of countless Americans of all ages – and it was my refrain, too. It’s easy to see why, too. At first glance,

What’s Coming Next?

Fifteen years ago, I didn’t believe I had the financial resources to go to college. Instead, I spent my time thinking about a future where

The Cost of Returning to Work

Pam writes in: I have been a stay at home mom for most of the last 19 years. Our oldest son started college this year.


Pay Off Debt or Invest? Think About Your Rate of Return

Andrew writes in: My girlfriend and I bought a home last year and qualify for the First Time Homebuyer Credit. When you include my share


Starting a Carpool

Jenny writes in: I work at an office park about forty five minutes from where I live. I live in a highly populated suburban neighborhood.

Insurance Companies & Debt Free Living

Mary writes in: My husband and I have been debt free for seven years. Hooray! We cancelled all of our credit cards in 2001 and

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Resolution Updates Edition

I thought I’d update you on my progress with my 2010 resolutions. Resolution #1: Lose 40 pounds I lost three pounds in January, so I’m

Debt Reduction and Debt Elimination Ads: The Real Scoop

Iris writes in: I was wondering if you could comment on the debt reduction and debt elimination ads I keep seeing on tv. Are these


Retirement or Education?

Chris writes in: We are friends with another couple that is around our same age, income level, status, and number and age of children. When

Shade Trees as a Smart Financial Investment

You read that right. Shade trees. One of our plans for the spring is to plant a shade tree or two on the southwest side

Reader Mailbag: Boycotts, Baseball, and New Beginnings

This is Reader Mailbag #100. With this mailbag, I’ve decided to start naming the mailbags based on an interesting question or two answered within the