07.22.12

A Salary Isn’t the Whole Picture

Everyone’s job has some sort of expense associated with it. For example, my current work pretty much requires me to have an internet connection at

07.22.12

Cut Down on Coffee, Soft Drinks, and Bottled Water (203/365)

When I was fresh out of college and enjoying my first post-college job, I pretty quickly established a daily routine for myself (particularly in 2004

07.21.12

Master the Art of the Slow Cooker (202/365)

Almost any time you walk into our home, you’ll find a slow cooker on our countertop. We use it so often that we rarely put

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #83

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.

07.20.12

Prepare Extra Batches of Other Meals (201/365)

Yesterday, the topic of discussion was preparing large batches of meals in advance and freezing them. It’s a really powerful money-saving strategy because it makes

The Big Trade-Off

Over the course of about five years, Sarah and I managed to pay off two car loans, replace both of those cars, pay off several

07.19.12

Cook in Advance and Freeze Complete Meals (200/365)

One Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago, Sarah and I made four pans of lasagna, four pans of tuna noodle casserole, and about a hundred

Reader Mailbag: Quiet Hours

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

07.18.12

Freeze Extra Staple Foods (199/365)

Have you ever bought six tomatoes and found that you only really need four of them? Ever cooked two pounds of rice and only really

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Casual Dress Edition

I enjoy dressing well when the occasion deserves it, but one of the real perks of working from home is the ultra-casual dress I can

07.17.12

Buy Staples in Bulk (198/365)

When you get into the routine of cooking at home, you’ll eventually find yourself falling back on certain staples. Some of them are things that

Money as Security (or Other Things)

Money means a lot of different things to different people. Money can represent potential stuff. It can also represent potential experiences. For some, money can

07.16.12

Learn to Love Leftovers (197/365)

Any time you throw food into the trash can, you’re throwing money into the trash can. Quite often, that food you’re throwing away is the

Reader Mailbag: Headache Solution

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

07.15.12

Start a Garden (196/365)

Last night, we had ratatouille for supper. For those unfamiliar, ratatouille is essentially a medley of vegetables, cooked together and put in the pan in

Buying Less House Than You Can Afford

Recently, I was browsing through my journals from early 2007, the period when Sarah was pregnant with our second child and we realized that we

07.14.12

Make Recipes with Inexpensive Base Ingredients (195/365)

Right now, sweet corn season is starting here in Iowa. In the area where we live, you can barely drive five miles without seeing a

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #82

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.

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