06.30.12

Swap Your Used DVDs, CDs, and Books Online (181/365)

For years, I’ve been trading books online using PaperBackSwap. It’s such a wonderful service that’s fueled a lot of my reading over the past five

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #80

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.

06.29.12

Shop for Used CDs, DVDs, and Books (180/365)

Everyone who has read The Simple Dollar for long knows that I’m an avid reader. I will read multiple books in a typical week. Because

06.29.12

Free and Inexpensive Things to Do in South Dakota

Recently, I took a weeklong vacation to South Dakota with my wife, my children, and my parents. As always on such trips, Sarah and I

06.28.12

Dig Through Your Media Collection (179/365)

As we were getting ready for our last move, Sarah and I boxed up most of our DVD collection. It fit pretty nicely into a

Reader Mailbag: Audio and Distractions

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

06.27.12

Start a Natural Collection (178/365)

When we were recently vacationing in South Dakota and Wyoming, Sarah and I spent a lot of time looking at rocks. We would walk along

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Office Art Edition

My office is slowly being decorated with art from my children. It started simple. I had a Post-It note on my computer screen from my

06.26.12

See What Your Local College or University Has to Offer (177/365)

One of my favorite things about college was the public lectures and presentations by interesting people. During my years, I heard fascinating talks from scientists

06.26.12

Using Group Travel to Save Money

Last week, I traveled with my wife, my children, and my parents to South Dakota and Wyoming for several days. (I’m planning an article later

06.25.12

Have a Money-Free Weekend (176/365)

I used to truly relish the weekends in my life. I would get off work at 4:30 or so on a Friday afternoon and just

Reader Mailbag: Music You Once Loved

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

06.24.12

Check Out the Library – Not Just for Books (175/365)

The public library is my single favorite “free” resource in my community. In fact, I value it so much that I actually posted a visual

06.24.12

How Much Are Family-Friendly Benefits Worth?

If your employer came to you and said, “In exchange for a 20% pay cut, you can work from home,” would you do it? If

06.23.12

Stop By Your Town’s Visitor’s Center (174/365)

A few summers ago, my family and I were on a driving vacation when our vehicle broke down in a pretty small town in Minnesota.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #79

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.

06.22.12

Read the Local Newspaper (173/365)

One of my routines when I visit the grocery store is to stop by the entrance where there are a bunch of free newspapers available

Revisiting The Longest Night

“It’s kind of funny…the moments on which life hinges. I think growing up you always imagine your life–your success–depends on your family and how much

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