• Reader Mailbag: Scheduling Events

    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. Student loan payoff or Roth? 2. Should we refinance? 3. Discrimination and temp rights 4. In college and in debt 5. Exhaustion 6. Debt and disability …

  • Review: Uncertainty

    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. All of us have fears and doubts about what we’re doing and where our future is headed. I know …

  • Extra Costs of Moving: Financial, Cultural, and Spiritual Restrictions

    Abbie writes in: My family is considering a move to a smaller town for professional purposes. The only problem with this move is that we’re Orthodox and thus we follow the dietary laws. This means that the food our family eats must be kosher. Where we live now, we have great access to kosher foods …

  • Saving Pennies or Dollars? Grinding Your Own Flour

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • Ten Pieces of Inspiration #39

    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. Epicetus on blame It’s easy to get angry at others. It’s much harder to look at ourselves for solutions. “When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to …