Some Thoughts on Passive Personal Finance Barriers

In my most recent book, The Simple Dollar, I spent some time talking about passive barriers. A passive barrier is a small barrier that you

Reader Mailbag: Secret Santa

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

Can Collectible Investments Pay Off?

Kevin writes in: I have a small collection of vintage baseball cards from the 1930s that have a list value of about $30,000. I started

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fringe Edition

A few weeks ago, thanks to a Simple Dollar reader, Sarah and I discovered the television series Fringe. We’ve started slowly catching up on it,

Impulse Control

As I’ve mentioned on here several times, I have a weekly piano lesson, something I enjoy very much. On my way to my lesson, I

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Ten Thousand Feet: Projects

This is the thirteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen.

When the Bank of Mom and Dad Closes Up Shop

Recently, I had a long email exchange with a reader who asked me not to reprint her story, but gave me permission to discuss it

Reader Mailbag: Thanksgiving Week

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 Little Book of Commodity Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Commodity investing is one of those areas of personal finance

11.14.10

Some Notes on a Plant-Based Diet

A few weeks ago, I made an offhand mention that I had switched to a plant-based diet due to medical concerns. Over the next week,

11.13.10

My “Reverse” Black Friday

This pre-Thanksgiving year is the time in which the internet seems to be abuzz with what various retailers are going to have on steep discount

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 13, 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

11.12.10

Homemade Gift Series #9: Handmade Ornaments

How to Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments This year, we decided to make a big batch of handmade Christmas tree ornaments for our home, just

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective on the Runway: Next Actions

This is the eleventh entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen.

Guilt and the Choices of Others

The other day, I had a really interesting discussion with a former reader. He told me that he had stopped reading The Simple Dollar because

Reader Mailbag: Reaching Out

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

11.10.10

Low-Cost Methods for Stress Relief

Mindy writes in: How do you deal with stress? I know that with three kids and managing The Simple Dollar and all the other stuff

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Novel Update Edition

On November 2, I wrote about 10,000 words of my novel I’m writing this month. I was about to upload it, except we had some

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