The Stroop Effect and Your Wallet

Let’s try a little psychology experiment. In the image below, read out all of the colors, not the words themselves. You can say them out


A Graduation Gift That Matters

When I graduated from high school – and again when I graduated from college – I received quite a few gifts from friends and family


Thoughts on Work, Personal Life, and Frugality

I strive quite hard to create a dividing line between my “work life” and my “personal life.” Generally, that means setting pretty strict hours for


The Art of the Apology

One Saturday during one of my previous employments, I received an interesting phone call from my supervisor. He informed me that one of my coworkers

Review: You’ve Got to Be Believed to Be Heard

Over the next several months, I’m giving several presentations and speeches on my story and what I learned about personal finance along the way. Some


Weekday Misery, Weekend Pleasure

Since starting The Simple Dollar, friends and family and neighbors have started coming to me regularly to chat about money issues. Most of the time,


Theodore Roosevelt on Financial Success

For me, few things are more compelling than biographies of compelling people who led exceptional lives. In their lives and decisions, we can all find


Fake It ’til You Make It?

Recently, I’ve received emails from several readers with the often-quoted career nugget “Fake It ’til You Make It” in their email signature. I’ve heard the


The Hidden Costs of Your Job

One of the most interesting aspects of working from home is how it altered my spending in countless little ways. Before I made the switch,


Finding a Great Mentor in College

When I first went to college, I was lost. I had grown up in a tiny town where virtually everyone around me had started factory


14 Tactics for Getting Ahead At Work – No Matter What Your Job Is

In every place I’ve worked, I’ve noticed a handful of patterns. Some people seem to fit in well, do their work, and usually get the

Review: The One-Life Solution

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. A few weeks ago, I went out to breakfast with


My Worst Job – And What It Taught Me

When I was nineteen, one of my college professors wanted me to stick around campus for the summer to help him with a large project.

Review: Results Without Authority

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or career/entrepreneurship book. One of the biggest struggles I had at my previous


Going Back to School and Still Working

Julie writes in: I have decided to apply to a library science master’s program. I can afford it without taking out a loan, it will


Making the Hard Choice

A few days ago, Seth Godin (my single favorite blogger by far) wrote the following: Think about how often your goal at a conference or


When Your Finances Improve, Is Frugality Necessary?

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, I was working at a very stable 9-to-5 job that paid quite well. My wife and I


New Year’s Resolution Workshop #5: Launch My Dream Career

Between Christmas and New Year’s, we’re taking a look at five common New Year’s resolutions that people often adopt for their finances, evaluate some of

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