06.11.12

Open and Close the Blinds/Curtains in Tune with the Weather (162/365)

One of my closest friends is adamant about not using his air conditioning. From a cheapskate perspective, it makes sense. If he’s not paying a

Reader Mailbag: Online Classes

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

06.10.12

Use Heavy Drapes and Blinds (161/365)

We’ve all experienced the warmth of direct sunlight on our skin and enjoyed the coolness of the shade on a hot summer day. The same

The Value of Climbing the Mountain

The last six years of my life have been spent grinding as hard as possible towards one specific goal. I wanted to be free of

06.09.12

Adjust Your Home’s Temperature Seasonally (160/365)

The bigger the difference between the external temperature and the internal temperature of your home, the more work your air conditioning or furnace is going

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #77

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.

06.08.12

Air-Seal Your Home (159/365)

Unless you live in a perfect climate, you’re going to be running your air conditioning and/or your furnace during some portion of the year. Here

Personal Finance Is Rarely Black and White

Let’s look at two people, Bob and Charlotte. Each of them has only one outstanding debt, a $100,000 mortgage with a 3.75% interest rate that

06.07.12

Take Shorter Showers (158/365)

After a long day, I enjoy a nice shower. It feels pretty good to stand in there and let the water pour over you. Every

Reader Mailbag: Handwritten Letters

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

06.06.12

Install Low-Flow Showerheads (157/365)

Shower heads vary widely in the amount of water that they disperse, and the water flow isn’t directly connected to how strong the shower feels,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Quarters Edition

Recently, I learned that U.S. quarters minted before 1965 are actually almost pure silver, meaning that due to the high price of silver, the value

06.05.12

Insulate Your Water Heater (156/365)

In most houses, you’ll find a large tank water heater like the one pictured below. If you were to open that tank up, you’d find

06.05.12

Food and Vacation

Over the next two months, our family is going to be doing some vacationing in various places in the Midwest and Great Plains. The longest

06.04.12

Turn Down Your Water Heater (155/365)

Try this simple hot water experiment. Right now, go turn on the hot water in your shower. Turn the hot water as high as it

Reader Mailbag: Yard Sale Searching

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

06.03.12

Put All Device Chargers on One Power Strip (154/365)

Like most other electronic devices, the chargers for our wireless devices consume a bit of phantom power, too. Cell phone chargers. Camera battery pack chargers.

New York’s Soda Ban and Your Money

On Wednesday, the mayor of New York City announced a proposed ban on large sugared drinks, which essentially limits all drinks with added sugar content

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