05.31.12

Put Your Home Electronics on a Switch-Based Power Source (151/365)

One of the things I really liked about our house when we first moved in is how each room had multiple switches that controlled particular

Reader Mailbag: The Injury Cycle

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

05.30.12

Use LED Bulbs in Certain Places (150/365)

For indoor use, there are three primary types of light bulbs available in the American market. Incandescent bulbs are the ones most of us have

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sunburn Edition

I spent a ton of time outside this past weekend. Although I put on a bunch of sunscreen, I didn’t apply enough to my shoulders

05.29.12

Install a Programmable Thermostat (149/365)

During the day at our house, I leave the air conditioning and furnace off, no matter the time of year. I’m pretty comfortable with a

Playing the Lottery

Julie writes in: I would love to see you run the numbers on playing the lottery. My mother spends $20 a week on Powerball. I

05.28.12

Use Rechargeable Batteries (148/365)

Our house goes through quite a few batteries, particularly AA, C, and D cells. Between remote controls, flashlights, and children’s toys, we always have a

Reader Mailbag: Home Movies

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

05.27.12

Read the Manual, Especially for Rechargeable Items (147/365)

The actual use of electronic devices straight out of the box has become much easier than it used to be. Most of the time, items

05.27.12

Handling (and Avoiding) Souvenirs and Tourist Traps

One of the things I really don’t like about vacations is the prevalence of gift shops and souvenir stands near every remotely popular attraction. I

05.26.12

Use a Surge Protector (146/365)

We’ve all experienced it. A bad thunderstorm occurs and the lights flicker repeatedly. Sometimes, the power goes out, often preceded by a big energy surge

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #75

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.

05.25.12

Keep It Clean and Minimize the Dust (145/365)

For about five years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I worked in computer system support. One of my chief responsibilities during that time

05.24.12

Keep Your Warranties and Receipts (144/365)

Whenever you buy a product from a company, you’re almost always dealing with a for-profit entity that exists to make as much money for their

Reader Mailbag: Junk News

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

Transitioning Home: Supporting Service Men and Women Looking for Work

U.S. & the Problem of Veteran Unemployment For service men and women returning from active-duty, a period of unemployment is next to unavoidable. Most veterans

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05.23.12

Send in the Registration Form Immediately – But Fill It Out Carefully (143/365)

Whenever you buy a sufficiently expensive product – usually anything over $100 or so – you’ll find a registration form in the box. For many

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Insightful Questions Edition

Over the last few weeks, my children have been absolutely loaded with insightful and challenging questions. Why do people look different than each other? Why

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