Reader Mailbag: Crayons

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

10.10.12

Make Sure You’re on the Same Page When It Comes to Children (283/365)

During the first couple years of our marriage, Sarah and I talked over and over about the idea of having children. We were both certain

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteer Workers Edition

I’ve been doing some phone banking for local political candidates over the last few months on a volunteer basis, and I’ve learned several things from

10.09.12

Show Your Love Frequently Instead of Something Big Once in a While (282/365)

It’s easy to fall back on the big moments to show your partner that you care. You spring for a big gift on your anniversary.

10.08.12

Encourage Your Partner’s Frugality (281/365)

Whenever Sarah makes a financially smart choice, particularly one that involves her doing something outside of her usual comfort zone, I usually make an effort

Reader Mailbag: Baseball Playoffs

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

10.07.12

Have Regular Talks About Your Financial Situation (280/365)

There’s an interesting phenomenon that happens in a marriage. After a while, you become so accustomed to the person you’re with that you often think

The Value of Personal Finance Seminars

Several months ago, I was contacted by a company that wanted to work hand-in-hand with me to develop a seminar series where I would take

10.06.12

Be Completely Honest with Your Partner About Money Issues (279/365)

Sometimes, I give in to temptation and spend money in a nonsensical fashion. I buy something I really shouldn’t buy. It’s out of the ordinary

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #94

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.

10.05.12

Realize Money Doesn’t Heal a Marital Problem (278/365)

Money is often a major conflict in marital situations. Lots of little unexpected events and some bad spending choices can quickly add up to a

Getting the Bad Ideas out of Your Head

I’m not necessarily talking about “big” bad ideas, like harming others. Those things deserve special attention and help far beyond a blog post. Instead, I’m

10.04.12

Give Your Marriage the Care and Feeding It Needs (277/365)

When you’ve been married for a number of years, the “new” feeling begins to wear off. You begin to get incredibly comfortable in the relationship

Reader Mailbag: Red Team and Blue Team

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

10.03.12

Don’t Get Married If You’re Still Having Doubts (276/365)

Sarah and I dated for more than six years. During that time, we had our ups and downs as any couple does, but we knew,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Game Design Edition

Over the last few months, I’ve been involved in the design and development process of a board game. It’s been an interesting experience, to say

10.02.12

Plan a Romantic Honeymoon, Not an Expensive One (275/365)

Sarah and I went to London for our honeymoon. It was cripplingly expensive, and we were still dealing with the debt four years later. It

10.01.12

Plan a Wedding Centered Around Loved Ones, Not Stuff (274/365)

I can’t think of a better way to talk about this tactic than to talk about my own wedding. Every single good memory I have

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