Month: May 2014

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Thoughts Edition

This week, I went through the archives of several of my favorite personal productivity and personal finance blogs and found some of my favorite articles they had written about the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. A Non-Consumer Christmas: Simple Gifts for Kids and Grown-Ups Our biggest challenge, honestly, …

Categories: Morning Roundup

Out With The Old, In With The New: Find Out What’s Going On in your Community

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. 21. Find out what’s going on in your community. I am constantly astounded as to the wide …

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Homemade Gifts

In our consumer driven world, its sometimes nice (and cheap) to get and give homemade gifts. Throughout the fall, I ran a series of posts on homemade gifts with enough lead time so that interested parties could make some of the gifts on their own if they so chose. I wanted to top off the …

Out With The Old, In With The New: Prepare for the Inevitable

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. 20. Prepare your will and your master information document. If you have no dependents, no descendents, and …

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Reader Mailbag: The Longest Night

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. Joint expenses and loans 2. Buying a house right now 3. Keepsake distribution 4. Savings or student loans? 5. Homebuyer’s tax credit repayment 6. Emergency fund …

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Review: Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The title of this book convinced me to pick it up at the library recently, but it was the introduction that caused me to actually take it home and give it a full read. The introduction, entitled “Life as a …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Get in Touch

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. 19. Get in touch with someone you’ve lost contact with. I’m willing to bet if you sat …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Develop a Robust Filing System

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. 18. Develop a robust filing system. A few years ago, I had a nightmarish time filing my …

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The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 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 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 … …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Pantry and Restock It

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. 17. Clean out your pantry and restock it. One of the biggest money savers I’ve ever found …

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How Did My 2010 Resolutions Go?

As 2010 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at my resolutions for the year and see how they’ve gone. 1. Lose 40 pounds Result: Partial success What do I mean by partial success? I mean that I did lose weight during 2010 and made it halfway to my goal by losing …

Categories: Goals

Out With The Old, In With The New: Put Up Some Passive Barriers

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. 16. Put up some passive barriers. About a year and a half ago, Ramit Sethi wrote a …

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Reader Mailbag: Qatar World Cup

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. Saving for education 2. Consolidating private student loans 3. Gift exchange ideas 4. Buying a minivan 5. Credit report questions 6. Splitting mortgage payments 7. Walking …

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Get a Library Card

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. 15. Get a library card and pick out a few books. A few months ago, I wrote …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Carols Edition

Over the past week or so, I’ve been attempting to teach my two oldest children a pile of old Christmas carols. Their interpretations are often amusing, particularly because when they’re singing, they both try to substitute in incorrect words to make the other one laugh. There’s nothing quite like the Christmas season. Want to Land …

Categories: Morning Roundup

Out With The Old, In With The New: Reduce Your Phone Bill

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. 14. Reduce your phone bill. Two episodes in my own life are relevant here. A couple years …

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Homemade Gift Series, Extra Edition: Photo Cubes

How to Make Decorative Photo Cubes This is a last-minute extra addition to the homemade gift series. Sarah and I have gone back and forth for a long while about whether to post this one in the series, but when we showed the items to several people as we were making them, the comments from …

Out With The Old, In With The New: Reduce Your Cable Bill

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. 13. Reduce your cable/satellite bill. So many people find themselves at the end of a long day, …

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Reader Mailbag: Christmas Rush

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. Clearing off old debts 2. Life insurance and suicide 3. Handling three child seats 4. Various health insurance plans 5. Credit card roulette 6. Understanding employer …

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