11.11.12

Don’t Buy Any Item in the Checkout Aisle (315/365)

Grocery store designers are smart people. They know that when you check out with a cart load of groceries, you’re going to be standing in

11.10.12

Only Buy the Specific Item(s) You’re Shopping For (314/365)

Yesterday, I mentioned the idea of using a “time limit” to keep yourself from spending too much time in a specific store. It’s a tactic

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #99

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.

11.09.12

Set a “Time Goal” When You Walk in the Door (313/365)

As I’ve mentioned many times before, when I walk into a bookstore, I can easily get distracted and find myself with my nose in one

When You Can’t Afford All the Stuff You Want

If I had infinite money, I can think of a few things I would buy. I’d own some land in the country with a nice

11.08.12

Shop Alone (312/365)

When I’m buying groceries, I shop alone. When I’m buying household items, I shop alone. When I’m buying gifts, I shop alone. The only time

Reader Mailbag: Reading Long Books

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

11.07.12

Use a Price Book for Your Regular Purchases (311/365)

When my wife and I first moved to our current home, we took a look at all of the grocery stores available to us within

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No More Politics Edition

No more flyers. No more robocalls. No more political ads on television or radio. No more emails in my inbox asking for donations. Not for

11.06.12

Use Store Flyers to Identify Sales (310/365)

The single most useful tool I have for planning meals and buying household supplies at a reasonable price is the weekly grocery store flyer. It’s

11.06.12

How I Get Things Done

Yesterday, I answered a question in the Reader Mailbag describing how I manage several to-do lists at once. By the end of the day, I

11.05.12

Wait on Purchases Until Sales Appear (309/365)

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. My son’s seventh birthday is coming up very soon. For most of the year, he

Reader Mailbag: Vote, Vote, Vote

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

11.04.12

Double Savings with Manufacturer and Store Coupons (308/365)

One of the key parts of my “one month” strategy is simply waiting until manufacturing coupons line up with store sales on the same item,

11.04.12

Teaching Kids About Money: Raising Financially Fit Kids

Raising Financially Fit Kids by Joline Godfrey is one of a very small handful of personal finance books that focus on teaching kids about money

11.03.12

Use the Internet for More Coupons (307/365)

The internet can be a powerful and convenient place for finding additional coupons, particularly if you don’t have regular access to a coupon flyer from

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #98

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.

11.02.12

Use the “One Month” Coupon Strategy (306/365)

One of my favorite tactics in life is to apply the 80/20 rule to everything. In a nutshell, the 80/20 rule states that you get

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