Review: The Rules of Money

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

A Little More Than the Minimum

Carolyn writes in: For the longest time, I’ve been making larger than minimum payments on all of my debts. I got the idea from Suze

The Center

When I first got started with personal finance, I began by cutting away at my spending. First, I trimmed away the obvious things – buying

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #23

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.

06.10.11

Dinner With My Family #19: Slow Cooker Pot Pie

Vegetable Pot Pie My favorite meals are ones that are flexible enough to incorporate whatever we have on hand as well as incorporating whatever might

06.10.11

Starting the Journey Right

Me, at approximately age two, in the kitchen of the house I grew up in This past weekend, I was cleaning out a drawer in

06.09.11

The Truth About Retiring at 65

In 1935, when the Social Security Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Roosevelt, the new law established a national retirement age of

Reader Mailbag: Friends

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

Some Thoughts on Comparative Advantage

This morning, a boy from our neighborhood knocked on our door. He was looking for yards to mow and he offered to mow ours for

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Three Children Edition

We have three children. My parents had three children. My wife’s parents had three children. One of my wife’s closest friends is about to have

How Long Is Your Long Run?

When I think about the long run, I’m usually thinking about what I would call “retirement.” It’s a state I hope to reach in my

06.07.11

Which Retirement Plan Is Right for Me? Traditional IRAs Versus Roth IRAs Versus 401(k)s and 403(b)s

Kelly writes in: I’m reading about retirement and I see terms like Traditional IRA and Roth IRA and 401(k) thrown around without really explaining what

Five Elements of a Successful Goal (From My Experience)

A little over five years ago, I set a tremendous goal for myself. I wanted to completely overhaul my financial life. I was in a

Reader Mailbag: On Workbooks

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 Total Money Makeover Workbook

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

Plastic Flowers

My sister-in-law is a florist. She can take a few hands full of ditch weeds and dandelions and make them look amazing in about five

Good Hours, Not More Hours

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about life over the past several years is that your good hours are the only valuable ones.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #22

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.

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