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Questions About Treasurys, Beards, Market Peaks, Camping, 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

02.25.17
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12 Strategies for Maintaining Focus While Working at Home

I’ve been working from home on at least a regular basis for more than a decade, and on a full-time basis for nearly a decade.

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Status Symbols and Spending Less

I had a wonderful Facebook message exchange with a reader named Pete, who gave me permission to summarize our conversation but not to quote it.

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 28): Handling the Long Valley

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from

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Use the Tools You Have Now Instead of Dreaming of the Tools You’ll Have Later

I had a great conversation recently with a gentleman in his early fifties who, upon being introduced to me and learning that I had been

02.21.17
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15 Simple Driving Tactics That Will Save You Surprising Money (and Time, Too)

One of my biggest financial frustrations is stopping at a gas station. You dump fuel in your car, spend $40 or more, and then all

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Questions About Financial Coaching, Letterboxing, Bag Dumps, 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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Some Thoughts on the ‘Lost Generation’

Recently, I had a long email conversation with a reader about 10 years younger than myself. He’s firmly a member of the millennial generation, whereas I’m

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How to Avoid Beating Yourself Up Over Little Mistakes

I have this little voice in my head that likes to slam me for the missteps I make. If I eat too much at supper,

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 27): Handling a Crisis

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from

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Five Strategies for Avoiding (or Talking Yourself Out of) Hasty Purchases

The biggest personal finance mistake I make on any sort of a regular basis is to visit a store of any kind where I know

02.14.17
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How to Become ‘The Millionaire Next Door’

One of the most influential books I’ve ever read in terms of shaping my thoughts on personal finance and helping me figure out what to

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Questions About Local Banks, Weight Loss, New City Challenges, 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

02.11.17
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Inspiration from Confucius, Benjamin Franklin, Blaise Pascal, 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

02.10.17
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Meal Prep Day! Simple Rice and Beans

I often talk about how I enjoy preparing meals in advance by making a bunch of duplicate meals at once, popping them in the freezer

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 26): Considering Insurance

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from

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Supporting a Passion for Movies on a Reasonable Budget

Erica writes in with a question for the Mailbag that wound up with an answer that was just too long: My husband and I are

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Taking a Hard Look at Your Future Self

One of the most powerful concepts I’ve ever come across in my years of studying and thinking about personal finance issues is the concept of

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