Month: May 2014

Got Unused Vacation Time? Put It to Use with a Personal Sabbatical

In September 2004, I was about to leave my first post-college job. My boss at that time – who happens to be one of the people I respect the most in this world, even now after my radical career shift – observed that I had a pile of unused vacation time that was basically going …

Announcing The Simple Dollar Personal Finance Seminar!

During the past month, I’ve been having some very casual discussions with an organization that handles the infrastructure of seminar programs for people who wish to run them. They handle things like booking locations, printing materials, planning prices, and things like that, while the person running the seminar plans out the material to be presented, …

Categories: Getting Started

Reader Mailbag: Friendships

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 to the question. 1. Car seats 2. Graduation and internship question 3. Condo financing questions 4. Roth IRA worries 5. End of the tunnel 6. Anxiety 7. PMI worries 8. …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

Review: Be CentsAble

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 reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I like reading frugality tips from lots of different authors. Not only do I learn some new tips, but …

Categories: Books, Frugality

Making Today Your Masterpiece

As I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar, one of the few heroes I have is John Wooden, the former basketball coach at UCLA in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. I could tell you many things about him, but A few years ago, I wrote about how John Wooden had taught me a …

Categories: Getting Started