Mental Math and Good Spending Choices

Earlier today, I linked to an article at Free Money Finance that included a quote from Mary Hunt: Get into the habit of quickly calculating

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Baby Prep Edition

Preparations for the baby are seemingly endless. I have a giant list of things to do before the arrival and it feels often like I

Personal Finance and the Path of Least Resistance

One of my mentors once told me, quite insightfully, that most people make almost all of their decisions based on whatever is easiest in their


Low Calorie Food and Long Term Costs

Over the past few weeks, I’ve read dozens of articles that repeat the same refrain: healthy, low calorie meals cost more than high calorie meals.

You’ll Never Get Ahead With Resentment, Jealousy, and Hate Inside You

When I was younger, I used to have a great deal of resentment towards rich people. I often felt like they were greedy. I believed

Reader Mailbag: Planning Ahead

Right now, as my wife approaches the end of a challenging pregnancy, I’m doing a lot of planning for the next six weeks so that

Review: Switch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Change is hard. Once a person has established a certain way

Twelve Ways a Money Buddy Can Really Help

I’ve long been an advocate of a “money buddy” – someone close to you who is going through a similar financial experience as you who

Balancing Money and Time

Two years ago, I made the choice to walk away from a career that I, in many ways, loved. The one thing that I did

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 27, 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


Don’t Buy Stuff to Try to Create a New Habit

Jennifer writes in: I’m getting very frustrated with my husband. Every few months he will come up with some new personal project he wants to


Personal Finance 101: An Online Banking Primer

Understanding Online Banking and Finding the Right One for You Katie writes in: I was wondering if you could do an article on how to

Some Thoughts on Predicting the Future

So many personal finance choices are based on what might happen in the future. Will the stock market be strong? Or will it fall again?

Reader Mailbag: Cycles

I find that my passions are cyclic. I have about three or four things I’m deeply passionate about, but the time I have in my

What Exactly Is “Wasted Time”?

A few days ago, I overheard an interesting scene between a father and a son. As I walked down the block, I saw the boy

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Routine Edition

For the first time in several months, I’m finally settling into a productive routine like I had early last year, when I was far ahead

Ten Tactics for Saving Money on Pets

My wife and I are considering getting a puppy for our son, who really seems to love small dogs and often asks us whether we’ll

Wealth Isn’t How Much You Earn

At age 25, Jim makes $100,000 a year. He’s constantly traveling for business. He has a large home in which he often doesn’t visit some