Financial Mistakes I’ve Made in the Past Year

I make financial mistakes. I make a lot of them, actually. What I usually try to do when I screw up is not dwell on

Reader Mailbag: Competition

Several people have asked me recently why I have a “weekly roundup” (where I link to sites that write about similar things as me) and

Review: Your Money Ratios

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of related interest. One thing I often do when looking for books

A Look at My “Idea Notebook”

As I’ve mentioned several times over the years, I carry a pocket notebook and a pen with me wherever I go. Whenever I have any

Digging Into the Rental Argument

Shanna writes in: You’ve written before about how Netflix is a good deal if you’re an avid movie watcher and Gamefly is a good deal

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 20, 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’ve Had Enough

If you’re unhappy with some significant portion of your life, at some point you have to wake up in the morning and simply say that

Handling Personal Finance Mistakes, Large and Small

Jenny writes in: In 2008, my husband and I lost about 50% of our retirement savings. We got so scared that we moved all of


The Cost of Overuse

All of us use a lot of household products every day. Soap. Shampoo. Conditioner. Toothpaste. Hand soap. Dishwashing detergent. Laundry detergent. The list goes on

Reader Mailbag: Vehicle Shopping

My wife and I have looked at somewhere around a dozen vehicles in the last month as we search for a replacement for my truck

Litterless Juice Boxes: Do They Save Money If You Have Kids?

My kids love juice boxes. We usually allow them to have one a day as part of an afternoon snack. We’re pretty picky about the

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Vacation Edition

What kind of summer vacation does one take with a four year old, a two year old, and an infant? One great way to do

Eight Simple Tactics for Achieving Your Big Goal

Every single one of us has some sort of big project hanging out there in our lives. We’d love to accomplish it, but it seems


Where Does All of Our Money Go?

Kimberly writes in: A few months ago (yep, one of those New Years Resolutions!) I pledged to get a better grip on my finances. I

Enjoy Your Hobbies with Minimal Spending

One big problem that many people have when they adopt a frugal lifestyle is the perceived reduction in enjoyment they’re going to have in their

Reader Mailbag: Alarm Clocks

For the first time in almost two years, I didn’t set my alarm this morning. I woke up about an hour and a half later

Review: The Little Book of Behavioral Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest to readers of The Simple Dollar. If you’ve been reading


The Financial Realities of Growing a Family

Anthony writes in: My wife and I have two children, ages 2 and 1. We’d like to have more; we both think that four would

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