An Emergency Fund Is More Than Just Money

I often talk about emergency funds and how useful they are here on The Simple Dollar. Here’s a quick summary of them, for people new

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #17

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.

04.29.11

Dinner With My Family #15: Egg (or Tofu) Scramble and Burritos

One of the most popular posts I’ve ever done on The Simple Dollar was my post about bulk breakfast burritos, which is fitting because they’re

When Is It Better to Be Frugal? When Is It Better to Earn More?

One thing I love to do is to browse through random personal finance blogs. I’ll jump on links from one blog to another, just to

Personal Finance and Self-Worth

Kelly wrote in with a very interesting story. Even though she gave me permission to publish the full thing, I edited it quite a bit

Reader Mailbag: Rainy Season

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

Accelerated Learning

When I was in college, I took a semester course in organic chemistry. It was only a three credit course and I needed to take

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tangled Edition

Early this week, my daughter caught a case of the flu. She was feverish and spent most of Monday dozing on the couch. Her only

The Great Things Never Come Easily

I spent half a decade of my life living as lean as I could, hoping that I would eventually reach a point where I felt

20 Ways to Start a Conversation and Build Into a Connection

I’m an introvert. Let there be no doubt about it. I often feel innerly awkward around people I don’t know, and I tend to clam

Why I Prefer Living Rural

This past weekend, my family travelled to visit several members of our extended families. The are we travelled to was decidedly rural. Statistically, it’s a

Reader Mailbag: Easter Eggs

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: The Smartest 401(k) Book You’ll Ever Read

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

Revisiting the Prosperity Gospel

About a year and a half ago, I posted an article entitled Some Thoughts on the Prosperity Gospel. In it, I addressed the so-called “prosperity

Infinite Games

When I was going through the items in our garage loft as part of a spring cleaning of the garage, I came across a small

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #16

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.

04.22.11

Dinner With My Family #14: Kung Pao Shrimp Skillet Meal

When I was a college student, one of the meals I consistently ate was ramen noodles. I could often pick up twelve packages of it

Do Extreme Savers Even Need to Worry About Retirement?

I got a wonderful email from Alison about extreme saving practices and how they impact retirement. I originally intended to include it in yesterday’s mailbag,

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