Does Earning More Trump Frugality?

Milton writes in with a good question, worthy of discussion: I don’t see why I should spend fifteen minutes making a batch of homemade laundry


Ten Unusual Ways to Improve Your Appearance of Confidence That Really Work

I’ve seen it over and over again: the person in the office with self-confidence is the one that gets the plum assignments. The promotions. The

Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a career, personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book of interest. Without really paying attention, I picked up


480 Ways to Make More Money Today

If you’re like a lot of Simple Dollar readers, you’re reading this article at the start of your work day (and if you’re not, imagine


Blending Work and Family: How We Do It

One common question I’m asked a lot is how we actually balance our work lives and our family lives. Barb sums it up best: How


Money and Power

Charles writes in: The real reason people want to be rich isn’t so they can buy stuff. It’s so they can have power over others.


Make Starting a Small Business/Freelancing a Success

An acquaintance from my previous career wrote to me recently asking about the steps I took when I made the switch to working at home:

Review: Who’s Got Your Back

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or entrepreneurship book. It’s no secret to long-time readers of The Simple Dollar


Building Your Career, One Brick at a Time

A career is like a brick wall. If it’s built well, from a collection of bricks that fit well together and are thoughtfully put in


Scalable Careers, Your Job, and “Side Hustles”

Recently, a friend suggested to me that there are two distinct types of careers – and it left me thinking quite a bit about my


How to Get a High-Paying, High-Integrity Job

One of my favorite sections in what is undoubtedly my favorite personal finance book, Your Money or Your Life, discusses the process one can go


The Power of Transferrable Skills

When I was in college, the vast majority of my classes were effectively training for a career in research and scientific data management. Seven years

Review: Stimulated!

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or career book. At almost every job I’ve ever worked at, from a


Cutting Down Work-Related Spending

Doing my taxes this year was an interesting experience. In 2008, my income was down substantially as compared to 2007 – no real surprise, considering


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

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