• Reader Mailbag: Sledding

    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 to the question. 1. Lost documents 2. Kids and too many gifts 3. Smart gift for young adult 4. Taxes: how early? 5. Online bill pay worries 6. Frugal burn-out …

  • Finding Frugality in the Common Routines

    Our lives are enormous collections of routines. On a typical morning, I get out of bed, put on adequate clothes to be presentable if I have to answer the door, take my Synthroid, go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, check my email, wake up the children, prepare breakfast for us, eat breakfast, help my …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Resolution Revolution Edition

    After my recent discussion about my changing perspectives on resolutions, I thought I’d dig into the thoughts others have on resolutions for the coming year – and for any moment. This year, switch and get things done There are a lot of good thoughts here, including a big nod to the wonderful book Switch, which …

  • Correcting the Wrong Money Lessons

    My two oldest children are in elementary school. They have a wide range of classmates from different ethnic, political, social, and economic backgrounds in their class. There are children of college professors in the classroom right next to the children of migrant workers of immigrants. Children in early elementary school are enormously influenced by the …

  • My Resolution Revolution

    In years past, I’ve started off the new year by listing some goals for the coming year. Last year, I set a weight loss goal (which went really well for most of the year until medication issues completely knocked me for a loop) and a writing goal (I have a novel in the editing process …