12.03.16
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Inspiration from Galileo, John McWhorter, Robert Louis Stevenson, 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

12.02.16
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Planning Ahead for Extended Leave, Financially and Professionally

Quite often, when the topic of extended leave from one’s career comes up, it’s in the context of having children. People often want to spend

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 16): Trimming Your Spending – Education and Miscellany

“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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Balancing Your Financial Success and the Luxuries of Your Friends

We’ve all been there at some point or another. We meet up with a friend and discover that he or she has acquired some sort

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Figuring Out a Great Life on a Limited Budget

About a week ago, Sarah and I sat down and took a look at our finances, something we do on occasion. We’re mostly just looking

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Questions About Eating Out, Keurigs, Juicing, Hobbies, 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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Achieving Financial Success Without Extreme Frugality or a Huge Income

It’s not too hard to find stories in the media about seemingly ordinary people finding great financial success. You hear about what seems like an

11.25.16
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Flexible Holiday Gift Ideas for a Frugal Person

Around this time of the year, I get messages and emails from folks who are struggling to figure out gifts for the frugal person in

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 15): Trimming Your Spending – Apparel and Services

“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

Deconstructing Dave Ramsey

  Every once in a while, I find myself listening to streaming audio of Dave Ramsey’s radio show on weekday afternoons (I usually listen via

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Finding Something New on the Long Financial Journey

Here’s the truth: when you set a big financial goal for yourself, most of the new discoveries and new behaviors occur at the start of

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12 Low-Cost Strategies for Saving on Medical Costs and Improving Your Family’s Health

The average American incurs $10,345 in medical expenses each year, according to government estimates. No matter how wealthy you are, this is an extremely heavy financial burden

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Financial Success and Ethical Consumption

Donna writes in with a great question: Hi Trent! I am really struggling with balancing ethical consumption with my dreams of financial success. Quite often,

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Questions About Weekend Lunches, Bed Linens, Shaving, Virtual Account Numbers, 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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Ten Lessons, Ten Years

It was roughly ten years ago that I launched The Simple Dollar. It wasn’t a smooth rollout, so pointing to a single day as “launch

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The Black Friday ‘Shopping List’ Trick

For those readers outside of America, Black Friday refers to the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a national holiday, held on the fourth Thursday of

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 14): Trimming Your Spending – Entertainment

“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

11.16.16
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12 Tactics for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Meal

During Thanksgiving week, both my wife’s extended family and my extended family host a Thanksgiving dinner with untold numbers of side dishes, leaving everyone feeling

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