01.18.13

Frugality Versus New Interests

A reader recently wrote to me about her struggles with when to be frugal and when not to be: I’m a long-term reader and appreciate

Untangling Emotions from Purchases

It’s almost impossible right now to avoid hearing about the issue of gun control. It’s all over the news. It seems to be the topic

Reader Mailbag: Child Names

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

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fantasy Baseball Edition

It’s mid-January. What does that mean for me? It means spreadsheet time. I love playing fantasy baseball, and the people that succeed at fantasy baseball

01.15.13

A Quick List of Free Things My Family Has Done So Far in 2013

We went ice skating as a family during a free skating day at the local ice skating rink. We found out about this because we

Some Thoughts on “Expected Value”

In the middle of last year, I wrote an article on playing the lottery in which I talked about the “expected value” of winning a

01.14.13

Helping Your Children

One of the questions I’ve really struggled with over the past several years is how much help I should provide to my children as they

Reader Mailbag: Child’s Play

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

01.13.13

Making Work Into Play

Work, for most people, is primarily a way to turn their time and energy into the money they need to make ends meet in their

Turning External Motivation into Internal Motivation

The very first push life gave me to consider rebooting my financial life was an external push. It came from my infant son. Whenever I

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #108

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.

01.10.13

The Value of College

Over the last several months, I’ve had conversations with several people about the value they got from college. One person went to college to study

Reader Mailbag: Ongoing Site Redesign

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

Tips To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

A few days ago, one of my close friends shared a harrowing story with me regarding identity theft. The person had their checking account compromised

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Time Versus Money Edition

Lately, I’ve been struggling with figuring out the value of my time. How much is time really worth? Take laundry, for example. Let’s say I

Revising My “Essential Bookshelf”

In 2009, I made a list of eleven essential books that profoundly helped my career, my finances, and my personal life. These eleven books were

Five Things That Keep People from Getting Ahead

I’ve kept in touch with many of my friends from high school and college. All of us are roughly the same age (almost everyone in

Reader Mailbag: The Lesson

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

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