Month: May 2014

Side Businesses for Stay-At-Home Parents

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. Julia on Facebook asks about “Good ways to …

Twelve Excuses

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. Edward on Facebook asks “How about a small …

Categories: Getting Started

Reader Mailbag: Dog Days

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. Dealing with no credit 2. Handling changing mindsets 3. Spousal disagreements over budgeting 4. Car loan payoff 5. High pay, hate my job 6. House financing …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

A Cost Comparison of Home Laundry and Laundromats

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, Alyssa asks “Is it worth investing …

Categories: Frugality

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Airplane Reading Edition

I had two books set aside for airplane reading for a recent trip. It seemed like a good idea. Flying in an airplane is boring, right? Try flying with three young children. Very little reading happened. How to Buy a Mattress A family member of mine once said that the only two things you shouldn’t …

Categories: Morning Roundup

The One Factor That Matters

Each and every day here on The Simple Dollar, I write about personal finance tactics (or information somehow related to that general idea). I talk about my own experiences. I share information that I’ve discovered. I review books. I answer questions from readers about their finances. All of these articles are worthwhile reads (well, at …

Categories: Getting Started

Dry Beans vs. Canned Beans: A Cost-Effective Comparison

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, Meena asks about “Cost comparison between …

Categories: Food, Frugality

Choosing a 529 Plan

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, Edita asks a simple question: “Among …

Categories: Education, Investing

Reader Mailbag: Camping on My Mind

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. Stock broker help 2. Handling large private party transactions 3. Building a cottage 4. Is deferrment a good idea? 5. Unrealistic investing advice 6. Staying motivated …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

Review: On My Own Two Feet

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. On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar is subtitled A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal …

Categories: What We're Reading

Essential Parenting Books

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, Edita asks an entertaining question: “which …

Personal Finance, Small Businesses, and Spouses with Disabilities

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, Patsy asked about “Spouses with disabilities… …

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #28

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. Black Button This is a really interesting short film about a choice. Would you push the button? I wouldn’t. 2. Winston Churchill on remaining true Winston Churchill delivered this …

Dinner With My Family #24: Crock Pot Enchilada Casserole

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Recipe Once a month or so, we try to make something interesting and new using our slow cooker. Often, we try to make modifications of ordinary dishes to see if they’ll work in the slow cooker. Sometimes this works well and you end up with a good replication of the original dish. …

Online Banking and Contingency Plans

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, Patsy asked about “Online Banking… Paperless …

Eight Inexpensive Family Outings

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, Robert asked “How about “Family outings …

Categories: Frugality, Parenting

Reader Mailbag: Stevia

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. Handling a massive pay cut 2. Balance transfer concerns 3. Saving for down payment 4. Moving or staying put? 5. What about TSP? 6. 403(b) rollover …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

Retirement Planning: Contributions & Debt Repayment Tips

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, Tyler wanted to know, “Should I …

Categories: Debt, Retirement

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Biographies Edition

Lately, I’ve been reading biographies by the pound. I’m particularly interested in biographies of people who were involved in creating the modern world: Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, and the like. I have this endless fascination for the first half of the twentieth century and the people who lived in that time. How to …

Categories: Morning Roundup