Month: May 2014

Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation

I can still remember how it felt to get my first real paycheck at my first real job after college. It came in the mail, and I stood by the mailbox at my old apartment building ripping open the envelope as soon as I realized what it was and holding that check in my hand. …

Categories: Getting Started

Take Little Steps, Not Big Ones (1/365)

The little boy you see in the picture above is my youngest son. He just learned to walk a few months ago, and all of his steps are little steps. It takes him a lot of time to accomplish many things you or I would consider simple. He often takes a whole minute to crawl …

Reader Mailbag: Backdating

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. Investing in light of default 2. Debt eradication 3. Loans or emergency fund? 4. Repetitive questions 5. What’s next on my path? 6. Time for a …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

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. Unless you’re intentionally sticking with purely entry-level jobs or greatly restricting your career choices, you’re going to eventually find …

Categories: Books, Careers

Introducing “365 Ways to Live Cheap Revisited”

In 2008, I published a book entitled 365 Ways to Live Cheap. The book itself is pretty straightforward. It’s a collection of 365 specific tactics for saving money. The experience writing the book was an interesting process, however. I had the genesis of the idea not too long after I started The Simple Dollar. I …