02.29.12

Contribute Regularly to That Retirement Account (59/365)

If you’ve been following the advice of the last few days, you should have a retirement plan in place. Now comes the hard part: contributing

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tired Headache Edition

A few nights ago, I stayed up until 1 AM working on a project. The following night, I stayed up until 12:30 AM talking to

02.28.12

Use a Simple Method to Choose Investment Options (58/365)

When people sit down with their retirement advisor to sign up for their 401(k) or other retirement plan, they often think it’s just a matter

Career Stereotypes and Their Costs

An email I received from a reader recently left me thinking. Be aware, this person describes some stereotypes that may be painful, and I’m going

02.27.12

Open Up a 401(k) or 403(b) Now (57/365)

This tip is directed at everyone who has a job where a 401(k)/403(b)/other individual retirement savings plan is available, but you’ve not yet signed up

Reader Mailbag: Pulling Up Friends

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

02.26.12

If You Overdraft for the First Time, Ask for the Fee to Be Waived (56/365)

Whenever I encounter a fee that I don’t feel I should have been charged, I will call and find out the details of that charge

02.26.12

Some Thoughts on Higher Gas Prices

I’m lucky. I don’t commute to work, unless you consider a stroll across the house to be a commute. I don’t put daily miles on

02.25.12

Balance Your Checkbook as Often as Possible (55/365)

You should always know what your checking account balance is. Let me repeat that. You should always know what your checking account balance is. That

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #61

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.

02.24.12

Learn How to Use Online Banking (54/365)

When I wrote 365 Ways to Live Cheap in 2007, online banking was a feature that was far from standard, yet well on its way

A World without Sarah

Anyone who has read this blog for very long knows that my wife, Sarah, is not only my best friend, but the rock upon which

02.23.12

Opt Out of Courtesy Overdraft Protection (53/365)

A lot of banks offer what they call “courtesy overdraft protection.” On the surface it seems like a good program. After all, they do cover

Reader Mailbag: Hair Cutting

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

02.22.12

If You Can’t Get These Features, Start Shopping for a New Bank (52/365)

Over the last few days, we’ve talked about several features your bank should have: compatible hours, few (or no) fees, solid interest, and a large

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Games and Drinks Edition

For some reason, three people have contacted me within the last day or two asking me for suggestions on how to deal with drinks and

02.21.12

Make Sure the Bank’s Hours Match Yours (51/365)

The bank my parents use keeps some rather unusual hours. A few times recently, I’ve been visiting my parents and wished to accompany them to

02.21.12

Chores, Allowance, and “Above and Beyond” Tasks

I’m often asked about our allowance and chore policies for our children. Recently, some snow on our driveway made us carefully think about these policies

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