• Review: Bait and Switch

    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 my first book reviews on The Simple Dollar was of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. In that …

  • Review: The 10 Commandments of Money

    Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ve been a big fan of Liz Weston’s writing, particularly her columns over at MSN Money. I’ve also communicated with her many times in the past. So, when I saw that she had a new book out, it was an …

  • Review: Debt Free for Life

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ve reviewed a pile of David Bach’s books over the years (Smart Couples Finish Rich, The Automatic Millionaire, and several others). Why bother reading and reviewing yet another one? The title alone fairly well explains it. Rather than focusing on …

  • Review: Lighten Up

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. No, this isn’t a weight loss book. The subtitle, I think, explains it well: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier With Less. In other words, Peter Walsh’s Lighten Up focuses on minimalization and living with less …

  • Review: Goals!

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. For my first book review of 2011, which will pop up on the site on Sunday and appear in subscriber’s mailboxes early in the morning of the first working Monday of the year, I thought I’d take a look at …

  • Review: First Generation White Collar

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to give it a read-through. You see, the phrase “first generation white collar” pretty aptly describes me. My parents were decidedly blue collar, as were their …

  • Review: Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The title of this book convinced me to pick it up at the library recently, but it was the introduction that caused me to actually take it home and give it a full read. The introduction, entitled “Life as a …

  • Review: Hot (Broke) Messes

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the best parts about writing The Simple Dollar is the opportunity I have to hear from people who have turned their life around due to better financial choices. They usually end up finding themselves on a better personal …

  • Making It All Work – In Closing…

    This is the final entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series. It’s given me an opportunity to think deeply about this book and about some of the ongoing concerns and areas of focus in my …

  • Making It All Work – In the Real World

    This is the nineteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Much of this book focuses not on the day-to-day actions that fill our lives, …

  • Review: Smart Is the New Rich

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ll admit it – I’ve only seen the show Your $$$$$ on CNN once. I don’t watch much cable news – or broadcast television at all – so I don’t have much opportunity to follow programs like that one. Instead, …

  • Making It All Work – Getting Perspective: Gracie’s Gardens Revisited

    This is the eighteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. In an earlier section of the book, Allen tells the tale of a guy …

  • Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Fifty Thousand Feet: Purpose and Principles

    This is the seventeenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? How do I …

  • Review: The Cheapskate Next Door

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I reviewed Jeff Yeager’s excellent book on frugality The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. Quite simply, it was one of the best books on frugality I’ve ever read, with a healthy dose of humor …

  • Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Forty Thousand Feet: Vision

    This is the sixteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. “What would long term success look, sound, and feel like?” Again, Allen opens the …

  • Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Thirty Thousand Feet: Goals and Objectives

    This is the fifteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. “What do I want to achieve?” Allen opens the chapter with this question and …

  • Review: The Drunkard’s Walk

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the key points in my book The Simple Dollar is that our lives are far more random than we think and that we compensate for that randomness in the wrong way. We should spend less, not more. We …

  • Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Twenty Thousand Feet: Areas of Focus and Responsibility

    This is the fourteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. What, exactly, are areas of focus? I think the best way to spell this …

  • Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Ten Thousand Feet: Projects

    This is the thirteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. All of us have ongoing tasks in our lives – individual things that need …