07.13.12

Avoid Frozen and Prepackaged Meals (194/365)

The freezer aisle at your local grocery store is often loaded with complete frozen meals. The aisles tend to have a wide variety of “meals

Time Is Money

In 2008, I made a very painful decision. I walked away from a career that I enjoyed, mostly because I didn’t have the flexibility I

07.12.12

Get Comfortable with Cooking (193/365)

There was a time – circa 2000 – where I dreaded going into the kitchen. On the rare occasion when I would actually attempt to

Reader Mailbag: Road Trips with Children

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

07.11.12

Make a Grocery List Before You Go (192/365)

Eight or nine years ago, I never ever made up a grocery list before hitting the grocery store. I’d stop in there a few times

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fiction Edition

I’ve been struggling for several months with a novel I’ve been working on. It’s been hard to make any progress, mostly because I was having

07.10.12

Plan Your Meals Using the Grocery Store Flyer (191/365)

Within twenty miles of my home, I can find at least three Hy-Vees, two Wal-Mart Supercenters, a Super Target, a Target with a grocery section,

07.10.12

Children, Personal Finances, and Entitlement

An allowance is not a salary or an entitlement. It is a tool for teaching children how to manage money. – Joline Godfrey, Raising Financially

07.09.12

Eat Before You Go Grocery Shopping (190/365)

As I discussed yesterday, one of the biggest unnecessary costs when it comes to the grocery store is impulse buying. You wander through the grocery

Reader Mailbag: The Unexplained

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

07.08.12

Go Grocery Shopping Once a Week at Most (189/365)

Whenever I go grocery shopping, I always find myself eyeballing the gum in the checkout aisle. Chewing gum is one of those little things in

07.08.12

The Art of Saving Money on Food – or Anything Else

I can make a really good loaf of bread for about two dollars, all told. That includes the cost of water, of flour, of yeast,

07.07.12

Don’t Eat Out as Often (188/365)

The average American eats an average of 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week. In other words, as a nation, we eat out between four and

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #81

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.

07.06.12

Watch Less Television (187/365)

Right off the bat, let me make it clear that I don’t think television watching is an inherently bad hobby. My primary concern with it

Microrewarding Yourself

In order to encourage everyone in our family to get outside and exercise as much as reasonably possible this summer, Sarah and I instituted a

07.05.12

Read More (186/365)

Reading is an incredibly inexpensive hobby that provides so many benefits. Most of the time, it requires little or no electricity to engage in reading,

Reader Mailbag: The Tough Part

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

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