04.30.12

Visit Your Local Credit Union (120/365)

What if you’re wanting to consolidate or reduce debts, but you don’t really have any sort of collateral? You don’t own a home or a

Reader Mailbag: The Joy of Anticipation

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

04.29.12

Consolidate or Refinance Any Debts (119/365)

The most painful part of debt is the interest. It can be crushing. Let’s say you borrow $200,000 on a 30 year fixed mortgage at

A Little Customer Service Story

Sarah and I purchased an outdoor playhouse kit for our youngest son for his second birthday. It was on sale, we had a perfect spot

04.28.12

Know What You Owe (118/365)

When the bills from my debts were coming in fast and furious, the last thing I wanted to do was to think about them. At

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #71

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.

04.27.12

Find Your Motivation (117/365)

Right now, I’m seated next to a big window that faces out into our back yard. As I glance out there, I can see my

The Human Side

“I don’t know how you write about personal finance every day,” she told me. “That stuff is boring. The last thing on earth I want

04.26.12

Don’t Upgrade Your Living Space Just to House More Stuff (116/365)

When we were first married, Sarah and I lived in an extremely small apartment. It was (very) cozy for just the two of us, but

Reader Mailbag: Keeping a Project Secret

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

04.25.12

Sign Up for the Do Not Mail Registry and the Do Not Call Registry (115/365)

Let’s cut right to the chase and give you the resources you need. CatalogChoice.org is a website that enables you to get off of a

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Live Baseball Edition

Several people have written me asking whether I actually go to a lot of live baseball games. I do not. For starters, I live pretty

04.24.12

Unsubscribe from Charity Mailings (114/365)

Several years ago, we made the decision to donate to a particular local charity. We sent that charity a small one-time donation because we felt

Contentment

When I was about ten years old, I dreamed of being a major league baseball pitcher. I got a book on pitching as well as

04.23.12

Unsubscribe from Catalogs (113/365)

I’m a pretty tall guy with a particularly long torso. That means, unfortunately, I can’t walk into most clothing stores and find things that fit

Reader Mailbag: LED Bulbs

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

Sneaky and Fun Credit-Building Lessons For Kids

While Congress has passed many measures in the last ten years aimed at reducing the opportunities for predatory credit card companies, the reality is that

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04.22.12

Read Your Favorite Newspaper Online (112/365)

It wasn’t too long ago that our family subscribed to the Des Moines Register. We enjoyed the local news for Polk County and surrounding areas.

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