02.13.16
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Inspiration from Eva Cassidy, Sal Khan, Jimmy Carter, 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

02.12.16
Frugality and Confidence

Five Reasons Why People Fear Frugality – and Why Those Reasons Are Wrong

When Sarah and I first moved into our new house in 2007, the inaugural electric bill was shocking to us. It was way higher than

02.11.16
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What Should I Do With My Newfound Money?

It happens several times in the lives of most adults. For some unexpected reason, you suddenly have more money than you had yesterday. Maybe that

02.10.16
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The Value of Proving Yourself

A few days ago, I found myself reading an older article from The Atlantic by Joseph Williams, entitled My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty,

02.09.16
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You Already Have All The Skills You Need to Succeed

At my first job after college, I wound up working on a data organization project. Originally, this was to be at least a three-person project,

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Questions About 529s, Long-Term Care, Surge Protectors, Passion and More!

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

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If–

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all

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The Secret Behind Financial and Entrepreneurial Classes and Seminars

I can’t tell you how often I see pitches for personal finance and entrepreneur and career seminars and classes of all kinds. They all follow

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Managing a Never-Ending Pile of Things to Do

In Monday’s reader mailbag, I answered a question from Marcus about how I manage my time these days. Here’s the question from Marcus, as well

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The Challenge of Getting Rid of Stuff

I have more things than I need. Over the last several years, I’ve made a conscious effort to pare down my possessions. Most of the

02.02.16
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11 Ways I Entertain Myself for Free

As you read this article, my town is facing the brunt of an enormous winter storm. We’re anticipating between one and two feet of snow

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Questions About Car Maintenance, Chess, Checklists, Overwork and More!

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

01.30.16
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How to Avoid Feeling Disconnected from the Numbers

I’ve been saving for retirement in some fashion or another since I was 22 years old. That means I’ve been accumulating money in various retirement

01.29.16
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Spare Time: Higher Earnings or Lower Spending?

Sarah (no, not my wife) wrote in with a really good question: Let’s say I have a free weekend. Am I better off spending that

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Seven Books for Building a Whole-Life Perspective Regarding Your Money

Several days ago, I wrote an article entitled Why I’m Ignoring the Stock Market Downturn that generated some interesting discussion, but I wanted to highlight

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Take Action!

A few days ago, a friend of mine shared a wonderful older article from the New York Times Magazine entitled Out of the Kitchen, Onto

01.26.16
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How to Organize a Cost-Effective and Fun Dinner Party

Roughly once a month, my wife and I host a dinner party with a guest list numbering between four and 10 other people. These dinner parties

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Questions About Blenders, Carpools, Vanguard, Zero-Sum Budgeting and More!

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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