Month: May 2014

Review: Hot (Broke) Messes

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the best parts about writing The Simple Dollar is the opportunity I have to hear from people who have turned their life around due to better financial choices. They usually end up finding themselves on a better personal …

Categories: Books and Reading

Out With The Old, In With The New: Set Up a Truly Useful Calendar

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. 12. Set up a truly useful calendar. For the longest time, I used a tiny pocket planner …

Out With The Old, In With The New: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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. 11. Make your home more energy efficient. Almost everyone who has a roof over their head has …

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 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 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 … …

Categories: Books and Reading

Out With The Old, In With The New: Do a Mind Sweep

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. 10. Do a mind sweep. Hot on the heels of the ongoing discussion of Making It All …

Making It All Work – In Closing…

This is the final entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series. It’s given me an opportunity to think deeply about this book and about some of the ongoing concerns and areas of focus in my …

Out With The Old, In With The New: Bank Some Meals

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. 9. Bank some meals. A lot of times, after a long day of working and child care, …

Reader Mailbag: Computer Failure

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. When should we refinance? 2. What is rich? 3. Is debt snowballing still valid? 4. Precious metals investing 5. Retiring rapidly 6. Roth IRA ineligibility 7. …

Categories: Books and Reading

Out With The Old, In With The New: Rethink Your Retirement 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. 8. Rethink your retirement plan. If I’ve done one thing right with my personal finances since reaching …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bean Soup Edition

As I’m writing this, a big pot of well-spiced bean soup is simmering on the stove and it smells tremendous. It’s just a kit soup, but it was a kit that we picked up for less than a dollar, and there’s enough soup there for everyone to eat from several times. I actually really like …

Categories: Books and Reading

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Closets and Liquidate

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. 7. Clean out your closets and liquidate. Even after a few rounds of doing this very thing, …

Making It All Work – In the Real World

This is the nineteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Much of this book focuses not on the day-to-day actions that fill our lives, …

Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Debt Repayment 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. 6. Create a debt repayment plan. Yesterday, we talked about the usefulness of cleaning up your debts. …

Reader Mailbag: Charity

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. Studying versus working 2. Student credit card question 3. Dealing with extra income 4. Preparing for job review 5. Pension or Roth? 6. Living frugal versus …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: Smart Is the New Rich

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ll admit it – I’ve only seen the show Your $$$$$ on CNN once. I don’t watch much cable news – or broadcast television at all – so I don’t have much opportunity to follow programs like that one. Instead, …

Categories: Books and Reading

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Up Your Debts

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. 5. Clean up your debts. No, I don’t mean just repay them. For most people in debt, …

Out With The Old, In With The New: Plan How To Erase That Mistake

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. 4. Plan how to erase that mistake. Yesterday, we discussed how to dig into your life and …

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 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 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 … …

Categories: Books and Reading

Out With The Old, In With The New: Figure Out Your Biggest Mistake

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. 3. Figure out your biggest mistake. What one element of your life is the one element you …