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How Stoicism’s Principles Can Help You Transform Your Financial Life

Some of you may remember that, a few years ago, I wrote a three part series on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay Self-Reliance. I read it

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Treating Your Financial Goals as a Part-Time Job

Many, many people across the world use a second job to support themselves and their families. They need to do this in order to make

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12 Strategies I Use to Keep My Finances as Simple as Possible (While Still Achieving Financial Success)

I’ve been writing about personal finance virtually every day for almost 10¬†years. During that time, I’ve tried countless personal finance and frugality strategies and read

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Questions About Poor Credit, Shaving, Potatoes, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

06.25.16
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23 Low Cost Things You Can Do to Minimize the Expense and Suffering from the Biggest Health Risks

According to the CDC’s 2015 health report, the top ten leading causes of death among Americans are as follows: Heart disease: 614,348 reported deaths in

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How to Anticipate Replacement Expenses and Save Tons of Money Along the Way

Things break down. Your car breaks down. Your washing machine starts making a loud “clunking” noise. Your air conditioning fails and the heat starts rising

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Personal Finance and the Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films of all time, and I’m far from alone in that sentiment. It’s been the top rated

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Applying the Craftsman Approach to Tool Selection to Make Smarter Purchases

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the wonderful book Deep Work by Cal Newport. In the book, he defines what he calls the craftsman

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How to Get Rich: 10 Ways Wealth Is Created

How do people get “rich”? It’s a question that I see almost constantly asked in popular culture, both directly and indirectly. It’s a constant theme

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Questions About Spousal Loans, Camping, Cardboard Boxes, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

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Does Budgeting Seem Too Complex? Five Simple Alternative Strategies That Can Bring Real Results

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had an affinity for numbers. My father loves telling this story about how when I was seven,

06.17.16
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The Freedom to Quit Your Job

Quite often, I talk about the concept of “financial independence” on The Simple Dollar. Financial independence, as I define it, is having the financial means

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Finding Meaning in a Financially Challenging Life

For a period of time in the early 2000s, I had very, very little money to live on. It was during my final years in

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Revisiting the Latte Factor: The Power of Daily Routine

One of the most discussed concepts in personal finance is the “Latte Factor,” an idea first popularized by the personal finance writer and speaker David

06.14.16
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17 Strategies for Cooling Off on Hot Summer Days Without Breaking the Bank

Over the last week or so, summer has come into full bloom in our area, with most days featuring temperatures well into the 90s (F)

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Questions About Budgeting Apps, Umbrella Insurance, Hamilton, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to

06.11.16
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The Tools I Use to Manage Work, Money, and Life

Every year or two since I started The Simple Dollar, I’ve sat down and reviewed the wide variety of tools – both electronic and otherwise

06.10.16
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Our Family’s Free Summer Activity Checklist

Sarah and I have three children, and as a result, summer vacation means many weeks in which the children are at home. Given our district’s

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