Month: May 2014

In Praise of Jobs

I recently had a long exchange with a reader who felt that I was giving poor advice when suggesting that people start a side business or find ways to become self-employed, whether part time or full time, by following up on something they’re passionate about. Her argument was that such a perspective was self-entitled and …

Categories: Getting Started

Rotate Clothes Seasonally (92/365)

Rotating clothes seasonally? This is something many of us already do anyway. After all, heavy winter shirts don’t fly in the summer, and I’d freeze to death in some of my thinner warm weather shirts if I wore them in the heart of winter. If you’re doing this already, congratulations. This is a very good …

Reader Mailbag: Planning Our Summer Vacation

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. 403(b) or Roth? 2. Inexpensive romance 3. Student loans or 401(k)? 4. Paying back an employer 5. Video games and board games 6. Grandmother wants to …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

Swap Clothes with Similarly-Sized Friends (91/365)

For some, this money-saving tactic might cross a personal line you’re not quite comfortable with. For others, it can be a valuable money saver. It’s simple. Just find someone who wears clothes of similar size to your own and suggest a clothes swap. It’s a great way to get rid of items you might not …

Why I Value Goals

“When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.” – Reiner Knizia Goals and goal-setting is a topic I cover frequently on The Simple Dollar. Why? I attribute goals and goal-setting with almost every good thing that’s happened in my life over the last …

Categories: Goals