Reader Mailbag: Packing Books for Trips

My wife and I recently had a long discussion about how many books we should pack for a trip. I usually tend to read more

Separating Your Goals and Choices from Other People

Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people. – Nido Qubein I spent the first twenty

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: David Cameron Edition

I tend to follow the politics of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain very closely (I’m kind of a political junkie). So, in

The Myth of the Tax Deduction

Most of the time, when I talk about the implications of various debt repayment options on The Simple Dollar, I utterly ignore tax deductions. This

Never Cosign a Loan Unless You Want to Pay It Yourself

One of the most common questions I get is whether or not a person should cosign on someone else’s loan – a car loan, a

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Gold as a “Hedge” Against Devastation

Shaun writes in: You need to be telling your readers to invest in gold because the dollar is about to become worthless. I wrote about

Reader Mailbag: Travel

Did you know that ten hours of road travel with a four year old, a two year old, and a newborn is a really bad

Review: Better Groceries for Less Cash

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Better Groceries for Less Cash by Randall Putala has a

What Day Is It?

It would be easy for me to write some nice platitudes today about my wife (the mother of my children) or my own mother. I

Remaking Your Path of Least Resistance

Most of the time, our lives function along a path of least resistance. We give into social cues because it’s the easiest path, causing us

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 8, 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

What Works?

Of all of the parenting tactics I’ve tried, nothing has worked better at facilitating good behavior and a trusting bond like floor time. Simply getting


Seven Easy Steps to Your Dream Job

A few days ago, I was reading an article in ESPN Magazine (I started getting a subscription to it a while back after I signed


Coupon Organization: A Survey of How People Do It

My wife and I use coupons for many of our household products, from toothpaste and garbage bags to toilet paper and Tones spices (yes, I

Reader Mailbag: Getting Things Done

Over the years, I’ve received literally hundreds of requests for a detailed review and discussion of the well-known productivity and time management book Getting Things

Going Up?

Today, Seth Godin (one of my favorite bloggers who usually talks about marketing) posted a great piece about consumer debt. Two great excerpts: Here’s a

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Lunch Edition

One of the best little things about having this baby is that my wife is home every day. I get to eat lunch with her

The Incremental Change

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to reduce my hobby and entertainment spending by 50%. Each month, I budget a certain amount to spend

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