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Finding Meaning Within Your Job – Even If You Don’t Like It

Most people don’t like their jobs. Believe it or not, only 13% of people worldwide actually like going to work. That means seven out of

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Building Momentum

I want to start off by sharing two stories with you that might not seem to have very much in common, but they actually turn

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A few days ago, I had the pleasure of watching an excellent speech by Steve Harvey. Harvey gave this speech on the set of Family

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Something to Think About in a Stock Market Downturn

Over the last week or two, as is always the case when the stock market dips a little, people write to me and ask whether

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11 Simple but Vital Home and Auto Maintenance Tasks That People Often Forget

About once a month, I spend part of a Saturday simply catching up on home and auto maintenance tasks that have fallen through the cracks.

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The ‘Billion-Dollar Lottery’ and You

Unless you’ve been in a media blackout for the past few days, you’ve heard that the Powerball lottery has set a new all-time high for

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Frugality, Financial Independence, and Social Situations

Maggie writes in: How do you handle social situations with family and friends who read The Simple Dollar and know about your financial state? Does

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The Most Important Investment Decision You’ll Ever Make

There are a lot of investment decisions you could spend time worrying about, but there’s only one that really matters: How much you save is more


Six Basic Personal Finance Facts People Should Know (but Constantly Get Wrong)

I get a pretty healthy number of questions from readers each week (usually by my personal Facebook page), many of which find their way into

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It’s Not ‘Early Retirement,’ It’s ‘Walk Away Money’

Marjorie writes in: Why would you and Sarah want to retire in your 40s? You seem like a very productive person. I can’t believe you

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Money and Being an Introvert

A few days ago, I was leafing through my journal for 2015 and thinking about some of the best things that I did during the

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A Series of Unfortunate Events… or Fortunate Ones

This is kind of a “Personal Finance 101″ article in response to some things I’ve read on social media in the last few days. If

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Automated and Boring

You’ve figured out pretty much all of the basics of personal finance. You’ve automated contributions to all of your financial goals at a pretty healthy

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An Experienced Frugal Parent’s Guide to Child Care

Child care. It’s one of the biggest expenses out there for most new parents. Like it or not, it’s something you’re going to have to

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The Number That Matters Most

There are a lot of numbers thrown around in personal finance articles and books and videos. People talk about rates of return on investments, interest

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Nine Strategies to Earn More Money in the Coming Year

I’ve always thought that all of the key parts of personal finance were bound up in the single phrase, “Spend less than you earn.” In

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New Year’s Resolutions: Six Ways to Hack the 52-Week Money Challenge

New Year’s is nearly upon us, and with it the chance to start fresh and make some changes in our lives. The most common New Year’s resolution is to

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting More Done in the Coming Year

Over the last few months, I’ve been planning out a major professional, creative, and somewhat personal project that I’m going to take on in 2016.

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