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Using Negative Visioning to Improve Your Personal Finances

Countless articles and books and videos and classes have been created to talk about the power of positive thinking and positive visioning, some of them

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Wealth, Purpose, and the Idea of “Enough”

I’ve recently been enjoying The One Thing, a very thoughtful time and goal management book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. While I came away

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The Financial Decision of a Lifetime: Should I Have Children?

As I write this, I’m sitting in the overstuffed chair in our living room waiting for my three children to get off the bus, as

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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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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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

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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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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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What’s Next? Finding Goals and Ambition When You’ve Conquered Challenges

Readers of The Simple Dollar find themselves at many different points on their financial journey. Some people are just realizing for the first time that

Some Notes on Filing for Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy is usually the last thing anyone wants to do. Not only must you endure the hassle and stress of sharing your financial

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Financial Choices and Personal Growth in a Time of Change

This week has unquestionably been a week for the history books in America. People will be thinking about and living with the consequences of this

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Why Save for Retirement If You Have Social Security?

Dana asks a great question: My husband and I are in our early forties. Our house is paid off in the last year and we

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Handling Stress Without Undoing Financial Progress

During the last year, my wife has made the choice to get her masters degree in order to not only improve her professional skills but

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Eight Deeply Meaningful Zero-Cost Things I Do in a Normal Day to Improve My Life

In the modern world, it is incredibly easy to fall into a life routine that just feels like an endless repetition of the same overly

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