• Review: The Entrepreneur Equation

    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. One of the biggest reasons that people fail in their entrepreneurial ambitions is that they simply didn’t lay the …

  • Should I Move to Find Work?

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Jennifer on Twitter wondered about moving to find …

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Slow Cooker Use

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. By email, Kevin asked “Could you post an …

  • Ten Pieces of Inspiration #30

    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. 1. Bertie Forbes on failure and triumph If you try something you really want to achieve and you fail at it, what do you do next? “History has demonstrated that …

  • Dinner With My Family #26: Feta and Chickpea Pita Sandwiches

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I love pita bread. Pita bread makes it easily possible to …

  • Some Thoughts on Enjoying Parenting

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Twitter, Pinco shared this thought: “I love …

  • Starting with a Blank Slate

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Lois on Facebook wants to know about starting …

  • Reader Mailbag: Handwritten Letters

    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. Rent or sell first home? 2. Keep investments or pay debt? 3. Prayer and money 4. Couple facing financial crossroads 5. Falling into money 6. Audio …

  • Seven Powerful Meditation and Focusing Techniques

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Terrence on Facebook wants to know about “Meditation …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Calvinball Edition

    For those unfamiliar, Calvinball is a game played in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The game’s rules are made up as the game goes along, with players adding and editing rules along the way, often with the goal of making themselves into the winner. Lately, I’ve played a lot of Calvinball with my two …

  • Renting a House as a Vacation Option

    Last week, my wife and family and I departed for the Seattle/Tacoma area in order to be present for the wedding of my wife’s younger sister. While we were in the area, we did some wedding setup, but we also visited a lot of sights in the area, including Mount Rainier, Olympia National Forest, and …

  • Turning the Corner with a Side Business

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Tammy on Facebook wants to know about “How …

  • Making It on Very Little

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Toni on Facebook suggests “I’d like to see …

  • Reader Mailbag: Fishing

    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. Getting started as a writer 2. Graduate school impact on savings 3. Pre-set spending limit question 4. Great advice 5. Challenging religious beliefs 6. Re-entering the …

  • Review: A Commonsense Guide to Your 401(k)

    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. One common request I get is more discussion on the specifics of retirement plans. For me, whenever someone mentions …

  • Choosing Life Insurance

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Andrea asks “What kind life insurance …

  • Handling Out-of-Reach Goals

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Joan wondered “What do you do …

  • Ten Pieces of Inspiration #29

    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. 1. Hans Christian Andersen on what we need Just living isn’t enough. You need a little more. “Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little …

  • Dinner With My Family #25: Avocado-Spinach Panini

    Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. My wife and I love making “panini” sandwiches at home, even …