Reader Mailbag: Thanks

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

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Recipe Research Edition

One of the fun parts of the new “Dinner with My Family” series is that it’s made me start going through all of the piles

01.11.11

Cost and Quality

I’ll start this post out by showing you three chef’s knives from my kitchen. The top chef’s knife is a loose one that I picked

01.11.11

You Don’t Need a New Computer

Every so often, I’ll hear from a friend or a reader who wants me to point them toward a great deal on a new computer.

Setting and Achieving Monthly Goals and Projects

This year, in addition to my three yearlong resolutions, I’ve decided to take on a series of month-long goals and projects spread throughout the year.

Reader Mailbag: Baby Steps to Music

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: Lighten Up

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. No, this isn’t a weight loss book. The subtitle, I

01.09.11

Who Is Your Real Boss? Some Perspectives on Career Success

Let’s get this straight right out of the chute: your real boss is you. “Yeah, right,” you might be saying to yourself. “Easy for you

01.08.11

You Can’t Make Someone Be Who You Want Them to Be

Change in another person has to come from within them, not from within you. One of the most regular themes in emails I get from

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #1

I’ve decided to retire the Time Machine series (for now). Instead, I’ve decided to start a new series, highlighting ten things each week that inspired

01.07.11

Dinner with My Family #1: Vegetable Barley Soup

In October, I switched to a (mostly) vegan diet for health reasons, the only exception to that being that on occasion (once a week at

01.07.11

The Post-Christmas Challenge

This year for Christmas, most of the items my wife and I received were small and/or served some specific utility in our lives. I received

Intimidated by the Mistakes of the Past

On October 4, 2010, I made a choice to switch to a vegan diet due to health reasons and the recommendation of a dietician due

Reader Mailbag: Laura Nyro

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

01.05.11

Flipping the Mental Switch for Success

If I have one single piece of career advice to give to anyone, it’s this: figure out how to get in the zone and do

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Money Resolution Edition

Several people wrote to me expressing some surprise that I didn’t have a money-related resolution this year. To tell the truth, I don’t know where

01.04.11

Young Children, Allowances, and Financial Focus

For us, 2010 was a year of learning for both the parents and the children in our household about what allowance means, how it works,

Fearing the Unknown… Perhaps a Bit Too Much

Right now, our emergency fund would cover ten months’ worth of living expenses for our entire family. This is, of course, assuming that Sarah and

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