• The Levels of Thinking About Money (and Life)

    Over the past few years, few books have impacted my thinking quite like David Allen’s Making It All Work. The idea behind Making It All Work is that if you want to live a better life, you’ve got to really understand what your goals are and what you’re working for, both in the short term …

  • Use Your Flexible Spending Account (214/365)

    Flexible spending accounts for health care are becoming a very common benefit that employers provide for their employees. These accounts can be a money-saver, but it can be a bit tricky to save money using them. First of all, let’s back up and explain exactly what a flexible spending account is. A flexible spending account …

  • Reader Mailbag: Political Ads

    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 to the question. 1. Reasonable family grocery budget 2. Community festivals 3. Investing inheritance 4. The overzealous winner 5. Choosing between jobs 6. Money and pride 7. Salted butter for …

  • Eat a Balanced Diet (213/365)

    “Eat a balanced diet” is one of the simplest pieces of health advice that medical professionals dispense on their patients. For the most part, it just means “eat a wide variety of items without an excess of any one item or type of item.” In other words, don’t live on a solely cheese-based diet. It’s …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Site Surfing Edition

    I read a lot of personal finance and personal growth sites, a list that changes all the time. My weekly links for this are harvested from that reading. For the most part, I like articles that have an angle I haven’t thought of, have a nice human touch, or else express an idea very well, …