10.21.12

Build Friendships with Parents of Your Children’s Friends (294/365)

When we first moved into our new house, we had very few friends that lived near us. We had moved away from many of our

10.20.12

Host a Block Party (293/365)

When Sarah and I first moved into our home in 2007, several neighbors stopped by to greet us and drop off small housewarming gifts. One

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #96

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.

10.19.12

Host a Sporting Event Party (292/365)

Sporting events provide a wonderful and extremely low cost opportunity for social interaction. Whether you’re talking about viewing professional sports on television, viewing local sports

401(k) From Scratch

Debbie writes in: I’m a 28 year old single mom. I just got a great job as an administrative assistant, one that I was extremely

10.18.12

Host a Game Evening (291/365)

Aside from the potluck dinners – and sometimes in conjunction with them – we also host regular game nights at our house. We invite some

Reader Mailbag: Late Night Writing

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

10.17.12

Host a Potluck Dinner (290/365)

Once every other weekend or so, Sarah and I will invite over some friends for dinner. We usually suggest that they bring something along with

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Funeral Edition

Early this week, I learned that my uncle had passed away suddenly. His only living relatives were his son, who he was estranged from and

10.16.12

Take on Leadership Positions (289/365)

When I was in college, I was heavily involved with a community computer group that had some college students as members and often used the

10.15.12

Join a Book Club (288/365)

On the first or second Tuesday of each month, Sarah gets together with several women for a book club meeting. Each month, they select a

Reader Mailbag: Waking Up 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

10.14.12

Join a Volunteer Organization (287/365)

I spend quite a bit of my time volunteering. I serve on the board of a charitable organization. As I mentioned yesterday, I coach youth

The Weekend Restock

In 2003 or 2004, I read David Allen’s Getting Things Done for the first time. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it presents

10.13.12

Get Involved In Youth Activities (286/365)

A few years ago, when my oldest child was three years old, we enrolled him in our community’s youth soccer league, which actually has a

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #95

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.

10.12.12

Attend Community Events and Actively Participate (285/365)

In our town, there’s a community festival each summer. Each year, we make a special effort to attend. There’s also a “citywide yard sale,” during

10.11.12

Join a Community Organization (284/365)

After discussing relationships the last few weeks in this series, we’re going to shift gears and look at ways to spend your free time without