Month: May 2014

Insights from Warren Buffett’s Letter to Shareholders

For the last few years, I’ve been enjoying reading Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders. These letters are full of interesting nuggets and insights of all kinds, not just on money management, but on life. Last week, the most recent letter to shareholders was released, and I spent an afternoon reading it, marking …

Categories: Getting Started

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Politics Edition

Because some aspects of personal finance overlap with politics, I’m often asked what my political views are, particularly on specific issues. I usually don’t feel comfortable doing that, for several reasons. First, I usually see benefits on both sides of the issue. Often, my feelings on a specific issue have more to do with me …

Categories: Books and Reading

Downgrading Your Job, Not Your Life

In March 2008, I walked away from a great job into a writing career path that, at the time, paid me about 50% of what I was making at my previous job. To a lot of people in my life, this seemed like an amazingly difficult step. That move reduced our monthly household income (at …

Categories: Careers

“What Kind of Weirdo Makes Their Own Toothpaste?” A Case for Making Your Own Things

Yes, that quote in the title came from a reader who apparently stumbled upon the site in the last week for the first time and felt the desire to write to me expressing his feelings that no one in their right mind would do some of the things I’ve suggested on here over the years, …