04.16.16
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How to Use Free Resources to Educate Yourself on Nearly Any Subject

We live in an age where there are more educational resources available to the average person than there ever have been before. For the lifetime

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How Establishing a More Joyful Daily Routine Can Save You Money and Make Life Better

The happier I feel about my everyday life, the less inclined I am to spend money on anything beyond the necessities. I stay well within

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Circulation: A Simple Case for Charity

Yesterday, I published an article entitled What Spending a $10,000 Windfall Can Teach You About Your Everyday Finances in which I briefly spoke about the

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What Spending a $10,000 Windfall Can Teach You About Your Everyday Finances

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the excellent personal finance book All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth

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What We Really Value – and What We Don’t

When I look out in the driveway at my car, what I honestly see is nothing more than something that will reliably get me from

04.05.16
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10 Pieces of Financial Advice for Newly Married Couples

A few weeks ago, I was attending a wedding where I’ve known the groom for about 20¬†years. I wasn’t one of the groomsmen and didn’t

04.01.16
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Planning Ahead for a Summer of Inexpensive Family Adventures

During this coming summer, Sarah and I are planning on having a handful of short “adventures” with our family. We are going on a summer

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Are You Gambling With Your Retirement?

I recently came across an interesting article from Richard Eisenberg at Forbes entitled The Dicey Retirement Gamble Americans Are Making. In it, Eisenberg pieces apart

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Seven Skills That Will Help Anyone Achieve Their Financial Goals

Financial goals are never a short-term thing. People don’t simply wake up one day and decide that, yes, today they’re going to be financially independent

03.25.16
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The ‘Guilt’ of Buying Something Fun

A friend of mine recently told me that my “guilt” from spending money was completely backwards. Let’s say I’m going to a coffee shop, for

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My Ultimate Guide to Free Things That I Love to Do

Dana writes in: What exactly is all of this “free stuff” you talk about doing all the time with your family and your friends? I’d

03.23.16
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Here’s What to Do If You’re in an Auto Accident

You’re driving along minding your own business when suddenly you smash into another car or into some other obstacle. Your car is damaged – and

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Money and Social Acceptance

Just the other day, I came across this great section on pages 45 and 46 of the current paperback version of Your Money or Your

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The Moment Versus the Big Picture

Recently, a reader who I’ll call Jenny sent me a very long and thoughtful message, of which one part has left me thinking for quite

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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Yesterday, as I was sifting through my bookmarks for future Simple Dollar articles, I came across this wonderful article by David Short: Happiness Revisited: A Household

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How to Cut the Cable (or Satellite) Cord and Save a Lot of Money Each Month

Here’s the reality: the average American cable bill is $100 per month. That’s the average, mind you: many people pay more than that, and some

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The Dance Between Your Present Self and Your Future Self

Almost every choice I make in my life boils down to a choice between my “present self” and my “future self.” Over the last decade,

03.11.16
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Make the Most of Your ‘Stay-Cation’

Right about the time you are reading this, I’m waving good bye to my family as they travel a bit during spring break. They’re going

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