01.13.12

Reliability Is the Most Important Feature (12/365)

Far and away, reliability is the most important feature when buying a product you’re actually going to depend on regularly in your life. From washing

Changing Dreams

Claymont Mansion, near Charles Town, WV. Photo courtesy of Troy Tolley. The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. – Marcus

01.12.12

Do the Research (11/365)

A friend of mine told me that for every $100 he spends on buying an item, he devotes an hour of research to the purchase

Reader Mailbag: Sickness and Timing

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

01.11.12

Automate Your Savings (10/365)

Whenever I find myself with extra cash in my pocket, I’m often tempted to spend it. I usually look at that cash as having already

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Election Returns Edition

Whenever there’s a significant vote or election, I find myself tuning into the results the evening after the vote. I’ll visit tons of websites, looking

01.10.12

Talk About Your Money, Especially with Your Partner (9/365)

For the first two years of our marriage, Sarah and I barely spoke to each other about money. We’d touch base with each other just

01.10.12

The Financial Path of a Little Girl

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth.”

01.09.12

Keep Track of Your Progress (8/365)

One of the best personal finance tasks I ever took on was building a personal net worth calculator. It was a simple little thing (in

Reader Mailbag: Winter Wonderland?

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

01.08.12

Master the Thirty Day Rule, Too (7/365)

Yesterday, we talked about the ten second rule, which you can use to protect yourself against impulse buys that are well within the limits of

Review: EntreLeadership

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

01.07.12

Master the Ten Second Rule (6/365)

I’ve been going to the same barbershop most of the time for the last fifteen years or so. We grew up in the same area,

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #54

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.

01.06.12

Record Every Penny You Spend in a Month (5/365)

One of the most generic personal finance suggestions is to “create a budget.” The advice usually revolves around setting aside money from your paycheck for

Finding Good Information for Your Situation

One of the biggest challenges I have when writing articles for The Simple Dollar is finding a balance of usefulness and audience. What do I

Calculate How Much You Really Make (4/365)

One of the most painful realizations I had when I started getting my financial life in order was that my job didn’t really earn me

Reader Mailbag: Word Processing Middle Ground

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