Changing Course

Condi writes in: Six months ago, I almost had my children taken away from me because I didn’t have enough money to pay any of

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #7

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

A Collection of Free Kindle Resources

Dinner With My Family is taking a one week hiatus due to a cavalcade of visiting family and an inability to get good pictures of

02.18.11

The Value of a College Degree

So often, when I see advice regarding a college education, people speak of a college degree as some sort of magic ticket that will raise

Feeling Good About Bad Financial Decisions

A few weeks ago, I had to go inside to pay at a gas station. A lady in front of me in line purchased $20

Reader Mailbag: Sad Child

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

02.16.11

Further Thoughts on Children and Piggy Banks

As I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar, we use piggy banks and allowances with our young children in our home. We have

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Gaming Site Update Edition

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working in collaboration with a friend on a site focused on board and card gaming, and

It’s Harder to Get Started Today

Over the past weekend, I had a long conversation with a man in our community who was nearing retirement age. He felt comfortable about his

Inspiring Others to Financial Responsibility

Quite often, in our day to day lives, we interact with people who spend with reckless abandon and don’t think for a moment about the

02.14.11

I Don’t Have the Time to Be Frugal!

“So, what’s The Simple Dollar about?” people will ask me when I tell them what I do for a living. “Oh, it’s mostly about getting

Reader Mailbag: Valentine’s Day

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: Getting More

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

My Story

Many readers of The Simple Dollar have come here over the years to get ideas on personal finance, improving their life, improving their career, and

02.12.11

Some Thoughts on Haircuts and Frugality

This past week, I was fairly irked by a tweet by a high-profile Twitter denizen that basically said “you’re a loser if you’ve ever cut

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #6

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

02.11.11

Dinner With My Family #6: “Anything” Soup

“Anything” Soup We live in Iowa. This winter has been a long one and, for the past week or two, incredibly cold. Of course, that

02.11.11

Can Cutting Out Meat, Eggs, or Dairy Save You Money?

In October, due to some medical results and the encouragement of a dietitian, I made the choice to switch to a vegan diet (with the

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