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The Trap of Spending in Anticipation of Becoming Rich

When I first graduated from college, I was lucky enough to get a pretty good job almost immediately. In fact, my first day at that


How Stoicism’s Principles Can Help You Transform Your Financial Life

Some of you may remember that, a few years ago, I wrote a three part series on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay Self-Reliance. I read it

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Treating Your Financial Goals as a Part-Time Job

Many, many people across the world use a second job to support themselves and their families. They need to do this in order to make

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12 Strategies I Use to Keep My Finances as Simple as Possible (While Still Achieving Financial Success)

I’ve been writing about personal finance virtually every day for almost 10 years. During that time, I’ve tried countless personal finance and frugality strategies and read

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The Upside-Down Reason Most Americans are Broke

Years ago, when my husband and I were struggling to save, we managed our finances in the exact opposite way we manage them now. It

How to Build Credit

When people ask how to build credit, the “chicken or the egg” conundrum often comes up. Having a solid credit history and credit score are

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How to Anticipate Replacement Expenses and Save Tons of Money Along the Way

Things break down. Your car breaks down. Your washing machine starts making a loud “clunking” noise. Your air conditioning fails and the heat starts rising


Personal Finance and the Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films of all time, and I’m far from alone in that sentiment. It’s been the top rated

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Applying the Craftsman Approach to Tool Selection to Make Smarter Purchases

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the wonderful book Deep Work by Cal Newport. In the book, he defines what he calls the craftsman

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How to Get Rich: 10 Ways Wealth Is Created

How do people get “rich”? It’s a question that I see almost constantly asked in popular culture, both directly and indirectly. It’s a constant theme

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Does Budgeting Seem Too Complex? Five Simple Alternative Strategies That Can Bring Real Results

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had an affinity for numbers. My father loves telling this story about how when I was seven,

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The Freedom to Quit Your Job

Quite often, I talk about the concept of “financial independence” on The Simple Dollar. Financial independence, as I define it, is having the financial means

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Finding Meaning in a Financially Challenging Life

For a period of time in the early 2000s, I had very, very little money to live on. It was during my final years in

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Revisiting the Latte Factor: The Power of Daily Routine

One of the most discussed concepts in personal finance is the “Latte Factor,” an idea first popularized by the personal finance writer and speaker David

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Eight Money Moves that are Always a Good Idea

Between the so-called money experts, your family members, and your friends, you’ve probably endured your share of outdated financial advice and plain old media hype. One

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The Tools I Use to Manage Work, Money, and Life

Every year or two since I started The Simple Dollar, I’ve sat down and reviewed the wide variety of tools – both electronic and otherwise

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Why Shopping Is the Enemy of Your Wallet … and Eight Strategies for Reducing Your Shopping Trips

Once a week, I go to a community board game night held in an open meeting room that’s conveniently next door to a local board game

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Help or Hard Work?

One interesting challenge of being a personal finance writer with a popular website like The Simple Dollar is that I get a lot of feedback

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