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Self-Reliance, Part Two

Three weeks ago, I shared with you the first third of my favorite essay of all time, Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Self-Reliance has profoundly affected my life in countless ways, and I find myself re-reading it every month or two. Each time I read it, it reveals something new to me, giving me something …

Self-Reliance, Part One

Of all of the essays and short articles I have ever read, the one that has had the greatest impact on me is Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. If you’ve read my “Pieces of Inspiration” column before, you’ve probably seen me quote from it several times – and for good reason. Every time I read …

15 Essential Personal Finance and Career Books

Over the years, I’ve read more personal finance books than I can possibly count. Then, I throw in a bunch of career-focused books also. For the first several years of The Simple Dollar, I actually reviewed a book each week on the site. Yet, for all of those books, there were really only a few …

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Four Essential Personal Finance Books That Will Change Your Thinking

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Most of the personal finance information that we hear and see is delivered in bite-sized nuggets, often in the form of investment recommendations and short cautionary tales. Because it’s all delivered in such little pieces, it’s hard to step back and get the big …

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Revising My “Essential Bookshelf”

In 2009, I made a list of eleven essential books that profoundly helped my career, my finances, and my personal life. These eleven books were ones that I turned to time and time again for advice and ideas. Recently, several readers have asked me whether these books have stayed around and remained the same over …

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Ten Personal Finance and Career Books You Should Read

I’ve decided to discontinue the weekly book reviews for the time being. I have reviewed hundreds of personal finance books over the years and, frankly, there aren’t enough new and compelling personal finance books coming out to justify weekly reviews. I’ve read too many books recently that just duplicated stuff said in other books. Instead, …

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Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I’ve had the blog Money Saving Mom bookmarked for years. In fact, it’s been a permanent mainstay on the …

Review: Savvy Saving

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I find couponing blogs like Stockpiling Moms to be fascinating places. Most of the time, they’re devoted intensely towards …

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Review: Brandwashed

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One element of personal finance that has always fascinated me is the psychology of why we buy things. The …

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Review: EntreLeadership

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I’ve written about 250 book reviews on The Simple Dollar since I started the site in late 2006. Along …

Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. Unless you’re intentionally sticking with purely entry-level jobs or greatly restricting your career choices, you’re going to eventually find …

Review: Your Credit Score

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I was about to review the third edition of Liz Pulliam Weston’s Your Credit Score several months ago when …

Review: The Power of Full Engagement

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. As many long-time readers of The Simple Dollar know, I’m quite focused on time management practices. Without good time …

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Review: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. The vast majority of retirement books I’ve read focus on maximizing every dollar to actually arrive at retirement. They …

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Review: How to Have More Than Enough

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the first books I reviewed on The Simple Dollar was Dave Ramsey’s More Than Enough. I found …

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Used Books

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

Review: The Bold Truth About Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. A week or two ago, I was scanning the radio dial while on a road trip, looking for something …

Review: The Small Budget Gardener

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. Every once in a while, I’ll stumble upon a book that’s basically already covered the ground I had planned …

Review: The Finish Rich Workbook

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I’ll be the first to admit that personal finance workbooks never really clicked for me. I’ve tried reading and …

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