• Reader Mailbag: Lemon Sour

    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 to the question. 1. Handling house sale proceeds 2. Helping a declining parent 3. Chasing a dream 4. Moving forward with bad policy 5. Spending choices on children 6. Cashing …

  • Ten Big Mistakes #3: Lifestyle Funded by Credit Cards

    Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes. In this ten part series which runs from July 19 to July 30, I’m going to focus on ten of my worst mistakes and the difficulties and successes I’ve had in overcoming those mistakes. I spent more than I earned and made …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rainy Days Edition

    It’s raining outside. My children want to go to the park. That means it’s time to come up with an indoor solution. That means, of course, that it’s time for an elaborate blanket-and-chairs fort in the living room. Live Within My Means? How? It’s not too hard to live within your means if you just …

  • Some Thoughts on Inexpensive Vacations

    This past weekend, my family and I travelled to Chicago to visit one of my first cousins and her two children. We stayed at their house and enjoyed a few activities in the Chicagoland area. I had originally planned on doing a Chicago-themed follow up to last year’s article, Frugal Vacation Notes: Great Free Things …

  • Ten Big Mistakes #2: Career Choices Based Solely on Earnings

    Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes. In this ten part series which runs from July 19 to July 30, I’m going to focus on ten of my worst mistakes and the difficulties and successes I’ve had in overcoming those mistakes. I chose a career path for the money …

  • Ten Big Mistakes #1: Student Loans as Lifestyle Support

    Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes. In this ten part series which runs from July 19 to July 30, I’m going to focus on ten of my worst mistakes and the difficulties and successes I’ve had in overcoming those mistakes. I financed an unnecesary lifestyle in college with …

  • Reader Mailbag: Abraham Lincoln

    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 to the question. 1. What is a callable CD? 2. Frugal laptop questions 3. Reducing budgeting stress 4. Adequate insurance for single folks 5. Minimizing post-college debt 6. Rent or …

  • Review: Power of 2

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the most powerful things you can do in the path towards building the career you want, the social connections you want, and the financial path you want is simply work on improving your ability to build and sustain …

  • O Pioneers

    Come my tan-faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready, Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers! Our adult lives are a long journey, and as with all journies, those who prepare adequately for that journey will see the most success. The preparations you make when you are …

  • Eleven Effective Ways to Reduce Your Laundry Costs

    We currently have five people living at our home. Let’s say, hypothetically, we all change clothes twice a day (it’s often more than that due to the nonstop accidents, spills, and other things that go on in such a household). That’s ten outfits’ worth of clothes to wash each and every day. We also cloth …

  • The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 17, 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 a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … …

  • Summer Meal Series #7: Tuna, Vegetable, and Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

    This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. I love tuna. It’s a wonderfully light fish with a distinctive flavor that works well in summer meals. It’s also a component of a tuna noodle casserole that my mother used …

  • Getting Things Done: Five Key Things

    This is the final entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Before I start digging in to what I think are the five key take-home messages from this book, …

  • Putting the Simple Back In

    Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. – Charles Mingus One of the biggest challenges I have in my life is balancing the simple and the complex. I tend to oscillate back and forth between the two. What usually happens is that I’ll have a period that’s simple …

  • Reader Mailbag: How Many Questions?

    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 to the question. 1. Replacing cable 2. Do-it-yourself wills 3. My no-generic items 4. Money goals after retirement 5. Tipping tip 6. Frugality and building relationships 7. 401(k), Social Security, …

  • The Obligations of Wealth

    Connie writes in (I edited her question a bit to protect privacy): I recently married a business owner who had a net worth of around $10 million before we got married. He has lived in the same medium-sized town all of his life and has kept many of the same friends since his school years. …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Dealing With Stress Edition

    How do I deal with stress? My best way of dealing with stress is to be active, not to be passive. I’ve found that every time I respond to stress in my life by just sitting around or doing nothing, it just makes the stress worse. I’m almost always better off doing something physically or …

  • Getting Things Done: The Power of Outcome Focusing

    This is the thirteenth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. It is easy to set big, audacious goals for ourselves like “spend more time with our kids” or …

  • It Doesn’t Matter What Your Position Is Right Now, You Can Do Better

    An obviously upset Sam writes in: You think your world is all rainbows and puppies. Guess what? Karma will eventually bite you in the [rear]. Seven months ago I got fired from my job for no fault of my own the company was going under. Now I cant pay my bills and Im going to …