Ten Pieces of Inspiration #105

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.

12.21.12

Vacation with Others (355/365)

My final tip on inexpensive travel is not just useful from a financial perspective. It also makes for a much more enjoyable travel experience, too.

12.20.12

Don’t Overload a Vacation with Scheduled Activities (354/365)

I’ve gone on one vacation in my life where we had pre-bought tickets for activities on most of the days. I thought I was doing

Reader Mailbag: Christmas Prep

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

12.19.12

Align Vacations with Visiting Family and Friends (353/365)

In 2009, my family travelled to the Dallas, Texas area. In that area, I have two great aunts and a number of first and second

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Friends Edition

In the last few weeks, my two oldest children have taken a new child in our neighborhood under their wing. This child’s family moved in

12.18.12

Use the Peak-End Rule (352/365)

The “peak-end” rule is a tactic that can not only maximize the value you get out of your vacations, but it can maximize what you

Getting Through the Valley

Whenever someone takes on a goal, they tend to go through a few phases. At first, there’s the honeymoon phase, where the person is enthusiastic

12.17.12

Use a Digital Camera Effectively (351/365)

Whenever I’m about to travel, my digital camera is the first thing I pack. It’s an incredibly cost-efficient way to create a record of my

Reader Mailbag: Stew

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

12.16.12

Avoid Typical Souvenirs (350/365)

For me, the best souvenirs are the memories. I don’t really need physical things to recall my vacations, as I’ll just look at the digital

12.15.12

Plan the Backbone of Your Vacation Around Inexpensive Stuff (349/365)

It’s common sense. If you plan a vacation in which the primary activities are expensive things, then the vacation is going to be expensive. If

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #104

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.

12.14.12

Know the Rules When You Use Your ATM Card When Abroad (348/365)

As we discussed yesterday, practicing a little bit of care with your money when traveling abroad can save you a pretty penny. Currency exchange can

If Goals Make You Miserable, Eliminate the Misery

Recently, I found a very thoughtful article by Danielle LaPorte entitled “Why I Gave Up Chasing Goals.” The idea behind her article wasn’t that she

12.13.12

Do Necessary Currency Conversions Before You Leave (347/365)

One of the most painful parts of my international travels has been the currency conversion process. Many banks, particularly those with international branches, will happily

Reader Mailbag: Fingertips

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

12.12.12

For Hotel Rooms, Call the Local Branch and Negotiate (346/365)

Several years ago, Sarah and I visited the Amana Colonies in eastern Iowa with another couple. We decided to stay in a hotel there for

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