A Sick Child or a Mountain of Money

My children have been sick for most of the week, so I’ve been sticking to old reliable meals that I can make with my eyes

The Difference Between What We Want To Be True and What Is Actually True

Almost all of the suffering we put ourselves through in life is because there’s a difference between what we want to be true and what’s

05.12.11

The Value of a Minimal Approach

Above, you’ll see a picture of a Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart enameled cast iron pot. I picked it up at a cookware sale about

Reader Mailbag: Big Brother, Little Brother

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

Addicted to “Solutions”

An interesting question comes from Jonas: Do you read a personal finance book a week? Seriously? Are you really learning something new each week? First

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Spring Tulips Edition

Over the last week, the tulips we planted in front of our house went into true bloom. The pink and red colors look absolutely fantastic,

05.10.11

The Second Job Paradox

Amy writes in: I’ve been a paralegal with the same law firm for four years. I love the job and the work that I do.

How We Cut Our Energy Bill By an Average of 30 Percent

It’s simple. We opened our windows in all seasons. Yep, even the winter. For the past year, every time the temperature outside is between 50

Revisiting the Three Questions That Will Transform Your Life

Three and a half years ago (has it really been that long?), I wrote a post on the three money questions that will transform your

Reader Mailbag: Dreams

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: Coach Wooden

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

Applying the Golden Rule to Tough Personal Finance Situations

We’re all familiar with the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Treat others as you would like to

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #18

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.

What Worries You the Most? How Can You Fix It?

For the better part of the last decade, the biggest worry I had in my life was personal finance and the foundation (or lack thereof)

05.06.11

Dinner With My Family #16: Penne with Cannelini and Tomatoes

Homemade Pasta: Penne with Cannelini and Tomatoes One common thing I like to do on weekdays when I don’t have enough leftovers for lunch is

What Is the “Bottom”?

Andrea writes in with a heartbreaking story. In your post about helping others, you made several suggestions for helping someone that appears to be in

A Simple Request

Since my tongue-in-cheek post on Monday about my “seminar series,” I’ve been stunned at the outpouring of emails and notes from people who wanted to

Reader Mailbag: Sun Tea Season

As I write this, I’m enjoying my first ice-cold glass of sun tea of 2011. Delicious. What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s

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