The First Word Is Always the Hardest

One of the most valuable personal finance tools in our repertoire is communication. Communication with your boss. Communication with your partner. Communication with your children.

Reader Mailbag: Television

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

Enjoying the Lifestyle You Have

About a week ago, I answered a question from Ashley that’s really stuck in my head since then. Here’s the question and answer: Growing up,

04.19.11

Thoughts on Filing Taxes & Improving The Process

I considered posting this article during the actual tax season, but I decided to wait until the rush of actually filing taxes was over. Almost

Financial Stress and How to Plan Against It

I receive many emails each day from people who have had some kind of financial crisis. Most of these stories have a great many factors

Spending Without Worries

As I’ve mentioned on The Simple Dollar before, one component of our monthly budget is what we call “fun” money. Each of us gets a

Reader Mailbag: 3 AM

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 Pledge

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

Finances and Churches

Over the last few years, I couldn’t help but notice that several churches in my local area have run personal finance programs of various kinds,

Great Pieces of Advice – and Why We Fail at Them

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson The world is loaded with great little pieces of advice from people

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #15

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.

04.15.11

The Kitchen Dry Erase Board

The usual Friday “dinner with my family” post is taking a one week hiatus. I recently had what I consider to be a great idea

Sunshine

Here’s a question for you. It’s more of a thought experiment – I’m not actually suggesting that you go out and do this. Would you

Who’s to Blame for My Failures?

This morning, I sat at the keyboard in our basement, practicing a certain part of a song on the piano that I’d been working on

Reader Mailbag: Amazon’s Deal of the 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

04.13.11

Frugality Tips and “Red Flags”

A few days ago, a friend of mine told me that she runs a dehumidifier in her laundry room because it gets fairly steamy in

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Outside Writing Edition

Sometimes, companies and media organizations will hire me to write articles for them. I had a long stint writing at OPEN Forum, for example, and

04.12.11

Some Thoughts on Investing in Dividend-Bearing Stocks

As I’ve mentioned several times recently on The Simple Dollar, one of my biggest areas of thinking in terms of personal finance right now is

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