06.30.10

Innovative Energy Saving

Only very rarely do I pass along a guest post, but a reader sent me such a spectacular energy saving do-it-yourself idea (and wonderful writeup

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Very Short Hair Edition

I’ve officially decided to start clippering my hair very short – and doing it at home. I used to do this in college, but since

Getting Things Done: Making the Best Action Choices

This is the ninth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this

How to Lodge a Consumer Complaint

In the past on The Simple Dollar, I’ve talked about how to lodge a complaint against a company if you’re truly dissatisfied with a product.

Decluttering and Your Money

Connie writes in: You write a lot about how there’s a deep connection between less clutter and financial success.  I don’t get it at all.

Reader Mailbag: Impromptu Travel

What’s inside? Here are five word summaries of the questions answered inside this mailbag. Click on the number to skip straight to that question. 1.

Review: Voluntary Simplicity

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. For many of us (myself included), one of the biggest

Paying Down a Mortgage or Investing for the Long Term?

As I mentioned a bit last week, we’re currently debt free except for our mortgage and a student loan with such low interest that it

Askers, Guessers, and Personal Finance

A while back, I came across a fascinating article at The Guardian discussing askers and guessers: This is the “disease to please” – a phrase

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 26, 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

06.25.10

Summer Meal Series #4: Grilled Apple Pork Chops, Garlic Baby Potatoes, and Steamed Broccoli

WHat’s on the table this summer? Apple Pork Chops with Garlic Baby Potatoes A few days ago, I was going through the produce section of

Getting Things Done: Keeping Your System Functional

This is the eighth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this

Professional Time, Leisure Time, and Wasted Time

Most of this article applies to any situation in which someone hires someone else to perform work, whether it’s paying someone to change the oil

Reader Mailbag: Pee Wee Baseball Season

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

“Best Money Tips” from Facebook Fans

Recently, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar on Facebook what their favorite single money tip was. I got all kinds of responses from

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Interesting Reader Emails Edition

Many of the most entertaining emails I receive from readers will never pop up in the reader mailbag. Lengthy personal attacks (including threatening statements about

Getting Things Done: Setting Up the Right Buckets

This is the seventh entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this

Dealing With “Found” Cash: What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

Two readers wrote in yesterday with concerns about handling cash they found. First, James: I was at the grocery store this morning and I found

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