06.21.12

Visit the Post Office (172/365)

About once a month or so, I find myself over at the local post office mailing packages. I’m selling something on eBay or shipping a

Reader Mailbag: Children’s Art

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

06.20.12

Check the Community Calendar (171/365)

A decade ago, I would often find myself bored after work. Mind you, I wasn’t even married at that time. Children were still several years

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Vacation Planning Edition

While preparing for our family’s trip to South Dakota and Wyoming this summer, I spent a lot of time researching how to save money on

06.19.12

Cut Back on Hobbies That Constantly Require Buying More Stuff (170/365)

When I was in college, I went through a long period where I avidly played Magic: the Gathering. For those unaware, Magic is a card

What You Give Up for Change

Recently, I was reading a wonderful memoir by Rich Roll entitled Finding Ultra, in which he discusses training for triathlons in his early forties after

06.18.12

Plant Shade Trees (169/365)

The house we live in now was built in 2000 and is sitting in an area that was open, flat farmland before that. The previous

Reader Mailbag: Memories of Near Misses

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

06.17.12

Do Proper Maintenance on Your Furnace and Air Conditioning Unit (168/365)

Your furnace and air conditioning unit are designed to be quite sturdy, but they aren’t designed to run forever. Their biggest enemy? Dirt and dust.

06.16.12

Do an Insulation Inspection (167/365)

The more insulation in your walls, the less heat will transfer through your walls. It’s one of those basic facts of home ownership. Insulation is

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #78

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.

06.15.12

Install Ceiling Fans in Every Room You Spend Time In (166/365)

Few things feel better than a sudden breeze on a hot summer day when you’ve been outside working on something. The sudden movement of the

Insanity and Perseverance

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We’ve all heard that chestnut many times. I’ve seen

06.14.12

Clean Out Your Air Vents (165/365)

If you have a forced air heating and/or cooling system like many people do, it might be worth your while to pull the cover off

Reader Mailbag: GPS and Travel

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

06.13.12

Close Off Unused Rooms (164/365)

My parents still live in the house I grew up in, a small two story house in rural Illinois. My parents share a bedroom on

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daughter Edition

By default, it’s easier for me to relate to and understand my two sons than it is to relate to my daughter. I was once

06.12.12

Use the “Hibernate” Mode on Your Computer (163/365)

Most of us recognize that powering down the computer after using it can save us some significant money when it comes to our energy bill.

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