How to Sell Off a Media Collection

Back in 2006, when I hit financial bottom and realized I had to do something, one of the first things I did was clean out

Reader Mailbag: Decoration Day and Memorial Day

Memorial Day is pretty much just confusing to me. It’s theoretically a day to honor fallen soldiers, but most people just go on vacation or

Review: 48 Days to the Work You Love

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller


Is It Really Cheaper to Ride the Bus?

Aaron writes in: I love your cost breakdowns when you calculate the real truth behind some financial choice. I’ve got one for you. Is it

Five Lessons on Money and Self-Improvement

One of the best articles on self-improvement I’ve ever read popped up recently on the Deadspin blog. Titled The Public Humiliation Diet (note: some language

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 29, 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

Talking to a Reader

A few days ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop (my once-every-two-months-or-so visit) reading some of the comments on The Simple Dollar with my

The Real MSM: Maintenance Saves Money

Five minutes of maintenance can save hundreds of dollars, lots of time, and tons of heartache. For me, maintenance of the things I rely on


The Challenges of Buying Used and How to Overcome Them

I revel in used stuff. I use PaperBackSwap almost religiously. I love shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops. I look forward to yard sales

Reader Mailbag: You Vote With Your Dollar

If you like a particular film and want to see more like it, see that movie in the theatre or buy the DVD or at


Pulling the Trigger

One of the biggest challenges of saving money for a big goal is when exactly to go forward with that purchase. Three examples: For almost

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Long Road Trip Edition

Over the last eleven days, my wife and three kids and I have been on one long road trip, hitting multiple graduations on different weekends

Getting the Best from Customer Service

Late last week, the New York Times published an article of reader-collected techniques for prevailing in customer service disputes. Here’s a sampling of a few

Why Not Walk Away from My Mortgage?

Kelli writes in: My husband and I are sitting on a thirty year mortgage (with twenty six years left to go). We still owe $330,000


The Cost of Negativity

Several years ago, at my first post-college job, I worked in a small office with three other people. One of them (who I’ll call Campbell)

Reader Mailbag: Graduation

In the last week, four of the best young people I know (I’ll refer to them by first name: Brittany, Cody, Vicky, and Amanda) have

Review: Procrastination

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Procrastination by Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen focuses on the challenging issue of procrastination.


Five Simple Substitutions, One Big Change

It’s amazing how much money can be saved by making one simple change in your life. I ran the numbers on several changes (using the

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