07.31.10

Escaping the Mundane

Charlie writes in (this is an excerpt, because the full story is quite long): What I finally realized is that I usually buy stuff because

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 31, 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

07.30.10

Summer Meal Series #9: Tuna Melts!?

What’s on the table this summer? Tuna Melts After returning home from two weeks of vacation, my wife and I planned out a very nice

Ten Big Mistakes #10: Poor Goal Setting

A good goal, no matter how big it is, gives you an exact target to shoot for, a way of measuring your progress towards that

Ten Big Mistakes #9: Bad Influences

I surrounded myself with friends who constantly encouraged poor financial choices. Most of my social circle during my early professional years consisted of people who

Reader Mailbag: Travel Thoughts

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

Ten Big Mistakes #8: Credit Card as Emergency Fund

I treated my credit card as my emergency fund. In late 2004, the brakes failed (in a nearly catastrophic fashion) on my 1997 Ford F150.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Memorizing Poetry Edition

All through my life, I’ve spent time memorizing various poems. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. anyone lived in a pretty how town by

Gifts and Choices

Recently, I came across (via jason kottke) a brilliant commencement speech given at Princeton by Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. The main focus

Ten Big Mistakes #7: Stuff Without the Time to Enjoy It

I bought many expensive (and inexpensive) items without adequate time to enjoy them. One of the most cathartic things I did in the immediate aftermath

Ten Big Mistakes #6: Children Have Huge Financial Ramifications

I had a child without understanding the financial consequences of it. When I was in college, one of my closest friends was a young woman

Reader Mailbag: Local Flavor

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

Review: Stop Getting Ripped Off

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A long while back, I reviewed Bob Sullivan’s excellent book

The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: Prison Made of Plastic

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped

Getting Things Done: Where To Go Next

After reading through my recent series on Getting Things Done, Calvin took action and then had a few questions: I picked up the book, read

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 24, 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

07.23.10

Summer Meal Series #8: Chicken, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Calzones

What’s on the table this summer? Homemade Calzones Homemade pizza is a big hit at our house (here’s a picture-filled post about our homemade pizzas).

Ten Big Mistakes #5: Worrying About What Others Think

Avoiding Spending to Appease Others I used to focus entirely too much on what other people thought of me. Throughout my teen years and adult

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