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Questions About HSAs, Organizing Ideas, Art Degrees, 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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Why Long-Term Financial Plans Usually Don’t Work Out – and Why That Doesn’t Matter If You Plan Smartly

Let’s roll back the clock 20¬†years… Twenty years ago, I was enjoying the summer between high school and college. During that summer, I would go

05.20.16
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Term, Whole, and Universal Life Insurance: What’s the Difference? What Do I Actually Need?

At some point in their lives, many people come to the conclusion that they need to have a life insurance policy. Perhaps you’re like me

05.19.16
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18 Ways to Use ‘Old’ Food

Just yesterday, I posted a discussion about some of the challenges of old foods. I mostly lamented how, when you find foods that are too

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Opportunity Cost, or Why Costco and Sam’s Club Aren’t Always a Bargain

Over the weekend, Sarah and I dug through our overstuffed food pantry in order to take stock of the items we had on hand as

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Personal Finance and the Greater Purpose

Recently, I was at the library and I found myself flipping through the charming book The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager. In that book,

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Questions About a Case Study, Rental Properties, Life Insurance Loans, 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

05.14.16
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Inspiration from E.B. White, C.S. Lewis,The Avett Brothers, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I

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‘Wealth Is Doing What You Love to Find Joy and Fulfillment.’

That quote comes from page 58 of Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity, a great little personal finance book

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12 Smart Financial Strategies for People Struggling to Get Started

One of the most powerful methods I use to come up with ideas for articles for The Simple Dollar is to just browse endless personal

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Doing Your Own Thing

Back when I was in college, there was a great gymnasium about a quarter of a mile from my dormitory. I would walk over there

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You Can’t Buy What You Want To Be

Almost everyone has an idealized picture of who they’d like to be. It’s a picture that they measure up to in some ways and fall

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Questions About Uber, Coconut Oil, Home Equity Lines of Credit, Mold Problems 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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12 Things That Changed My Life (and Cost Less Than $50)

Most of the time, when people post memes and images on Facebook, they’re pretty dull and forgettable. Every once in a while, though, I’ll see

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Appreciation Versus Depreciation: A Powerful Insight for Your Spending Choices

No matter how careful we are about spending and saving our money, the truth is that all of us spend some significant portion of our

05.05.16
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25 Flexible, Healthy Foods I Buy Constantly (Especially On Sale)

As I’ve described many times, our family’s normal meal-planning routine starts with the grocery store flyer. Each week, either Sarah or I will sit down

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The Power of Cutting a Goal in Half

One of the big problems with setting a big, life-altering goal for yourself is the sheer size of it. Often, the distance between yourself and

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Does Money Truly Bring Independence and Security?

It’s been no secret that over the past few years Sarah and I have adopted a goal of financial independence. Our goal is to reach

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