Month: May 2014

Out With The Old, In With The New: Celebrate

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 31. Celebrate the year that has passed – and the better one to come. It’s New Year’s …

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2011 Resolution #3: Read 100 Unread Books

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. Over time, any voracious reader winds up with a list of books that they intend to read someday, but they find themselves reading more urgent …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Start an Automatic Savings Plan

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 30. Start an automatic savings plan to bank that money. Yesterday, we discussed how to calculate exactly …

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Reader Mailbag: Friends Without Work

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. Using recorded financial data 2. Moving away from debt consolidation 3. Student loan forbearance 4. Stopping all retirement contributions 5. Chasing passions without self-sabotage 6. Dealing …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Calculate Your Money Change

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 29. Calculate the monthly money you’ve saved due to these changes. If you’ve been reading the Out …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Years Resolutions Edition

Over the past week, I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking about the art of the successful New Year’s resolution. I thought I’d share some of the best with you this week. What to Do When Your Fire Runs Out I wrote this article for OPEN Forum as a look at how to handle …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Plan for the Resolution

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 28. Create a plan to achieve that resolution. Yesterday, we discussed the usefulness of coming up with …

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2011 Resolution #2: Play Music

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. Another of my 2010 resolutions was to learn to play the piano, which is something I feel is coming along very well. For 2011, I’ve …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Single Resolution

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 27. Create a single resolution for the coming year. When I was younger (imagine Trent the college …

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Reader Mailbag: Post-Christmas Haze

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. Favorite Christmas present 2. Career and schooling choices 3. Oldest card issues 4. E-readers 5. Investing while on Social Security 6. Rebuilding savings after children 7. …

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Review: First Generation White Collar

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to give it a read-through. You see, the phrase “first generation white collar” pretty aptly describes me. My parents were decidedly blue collar, as were their …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Don’t Waste a Day

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 26. Don’t waste a day. An awful lot of you are spending this day after Christmas doing …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Turn Off the Distractions for a Day

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 25. Turn off the distractions for a day. It’s Christmas day. Right now, there’s a mountain of …

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Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar

Here’s hoping that your Christmas is a great one. Kick back, recharge with your family and loved ones, and enjoy the holiday season.

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Give to a Charity

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 24. Give to a charity. When you look at your own life, do you believe that you …

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2011 Resolution #1: Get Fit

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. As many of you remember, I set a weight loss goal for 2010 that I exactly halfway achieved. I’m happy with that partial success. What …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Maximize Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 23. Maximize your car’s fuel efficiency. Over the last five years, we’ve put an average of 20,000 …

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Reader Mailbag: Family and Friends

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. Pets, roommates, and repair costs 2. Gift receipts 3. Why get married? 4. Lonely Christmas 5. College athletic compensation 6. Preparing for a layoff 7. Why …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Start a Potluck Circle

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 22. Start a potluck circle. One of our favorite social events is the potluck dinners we have …

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