The Myth of the Exceptional Life

You, too, can have an exceptional life! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read or heard the above phrase (or something very similar)

09.21.10

Secondhand Stores and Consignment Shops

I vastly prefer to buy items at secondhand and consignment shops if I can. There, I said it. I love going to secondhand shops and

Pay Cash or Not? Cash Flow Versus Liquidity

Let’s say, hypothetically, I have $50,000 in cash just sitting in my savings account. I need to replace my car and I’ve decided on a

Reader Mailbag: Long Hair, Short Hair

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: The Checklist Manifesto

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Every once in a while, a book I read for

Why a Zero Percent Auto Loan Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Brian writes in: I was at a local car dealership looking for a replacement for my truck. I only have about $8000 in savings so

Dave Ramsey and the Power of Community

When I was in college, I did a great deal of religious exploration. I attended services for tons of different religions, trying to understand all

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 18, 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

09.17.10

Homemade Gift Series #1: Vanilla Extract

How to Make Your Own Real Vanilla Extract For the last few years, one of the most prized possessions in our pantry has been a

On Homemade Christmas Gifts

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were chatting about some of the best Christmas gifts we’ve ever received. Many great Christmas memories from

Outcome Visioning and Personal Finance

It seemed so incredibly simple. But it actually worked. Last week, I visited a local bookstore. As I’ve mentioned many times, bookstores are one of

Reader Mailbag: Emotional Control

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

Needing More Than Ourselves to Be Ourselves

My friend Heidi recently sent me a link to a fascinating article over at Mark Vernon’s blog (a philosophy-focused blog) entitled AS Byatt, who we

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Super Money Secret That Will Make You Rich Edition

Are you ready? This truly is the financial secret “they” don’t want you to know about. Ready? Here it is. Spend. less. than. you. earn.

09.14.10

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood and looked down one

Personal Philanthropy

So often, people assume that charity and philanthropy mean stretching an already-tight budget even further. “If I donated $100 to the food kitchen, I’d have

09.13.10

Summer Meal Series: Six Lessons for Efficient Cooking at Home

Recipes and Lessons Learned in Efficient Cooking The Recipe Collection: Summer Meal Series 1. Honey Mustard Chicken Strips 2. Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, Barbecued Beans, and

Reader Mailbag: The “Making It All Work” Series

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

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