Review: The Art of Non-Conformity

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Reviewing a book like this is a difficult challenge. The

Meditation, Prayer, and Personal Finance

Once or twice a day, I go into my bedroom, turn down the lights, lay on the bed, and look up at the ceiling. I

The Danger of Assumption

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a guy who had a large scar on his neck that looked like a swastika. The

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 11, 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

09.10.10

Summer Meal Series #15: Butternut Squash and Carrots with Coconut Milk and Curry

What’s on the table this summer? Vegetarian Curry We’ve reached the end of this series, my friend, and so I decided to finish it off

It’s Time to Stop (or Alter) a Christmas Gift Exchange

Each Christmas, a lot of people find themselves in gift exchanges that they don’t really want to participate in. They end up buying gifts for

Sometimes a Little Boost Is All You Need

Every day, I receive dozens of emails from readers describing their financial situation and asking, very simply, what I think about it. A lot of

Reader Mailbag: What Gets Mentioned

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

09.08.10

What You’re Buying When You Go to a Store

Why do you shop at your preferred grocery store? Think about it for a minute. What reasons do you have for shopping at one store

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kids of Carcassonne Edition

My four year old son and three year old daughter have been playing the board game Kids of Carcassonne almost constantly the last several days.

The Big Problem with Money Courses

Many financial “gurus” are in the seminar, coaching, and classwork business. They come up with course materials and attempt to sell them at a very

09.07.10

Finding New Challenges (and Saving)

Reading For a long time (about two years), I got in a rut of reading very generic horror and fantasy novels. I would go to

09.06.10

A Frugal Weekend with Lots of Houseguests

Over the past few days, we’ve had a few houseguests. Wait, scratch that – a lot of houseguests. We had so many people visiting that

Reader Mailbag: Family Weekend

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: Debt-Free U

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. When I went to college back in the late 1990s,

09.05.10

An Ode to My Son’s Piggy Bank

About three months ago, my four year old son saw a toy at a store. He mentioned that he had played with it at a

Some Thoughts on a “Daily Action Pack”

Last weekend, I wrote a review of 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. In that book, the author, Stever Robbins, suggested something he

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 4, 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

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