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Finding and Handling Your Money Boundaries

Everyone has boundaries. If you find yourself doing something that makes you bitter, it is time to reconsider. – Peter Singer, The Most Good You

03.01.17
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Revisiting My Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written for The Simple Dollar is Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide. In it,

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10 Simple Investments You Can Make in Yourself for a Huge Return on Your Money and Time

So often, we think of investments as being purely about dollars in and dollars out. If you put $10,000 into an investment with an average

02.25.17
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12 Strategies for Maintaining Focus While Working at Home

I’ve been working from home on at least a regular basis for more than a decade, and on a full-time basis for nearly a decade.

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Status Symbols and Spending Less

I had a wonderful Facebook message exchange with a reader named Pete, who gave me permission to summarize our conversation but not to quote it.

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Use the Tools You Have Now Instead of Dreaming of the Tools You’ll Have Later

I had a great conversation recently with a gentleman in his early fifties who, upon being introduced to me and learning that I had been

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Some Thoughts on the ‘Lost Generation’

Recently, I had a long email conversation with a reader about 10¬†years younger than myself. He’s firmly a member of the millennial generation, whereas I’m

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How to Avoid Beating Yourself Up Over Little Mistakes

I have this little voice in my head that likes to slam me for the missteps I make. If I eat too much at supper,

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Five Strategies for Avoiding (or Talking Yourself Out of) Hasty Purchases

The biggest personal finance mistake I make on any sort of a regular basis is to visit a store of any kind where I know

02.14.17
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How to Become ‘The Millionaire Next Door’

One of the most influential books I’ve ever read in terms of shaping my thoughts on personal finance and helping me figure out what to

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Supporting a Passion for Movies on a Reasonable Budget

Erica writes in with a question for the Mailbag that wound up with an answer that was just too long: My husband and I are

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Taking a Hard Look at Your Future Self

One of the most powerful concepts I’ve ever come across in my years of studying and thinking about personal finance issues is the concept of

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The ‘Buy It For Life’ Compendium, Volume 2

About two years ago, I published a lengthy compendium of “buy it for life” product suggestions, because I’m regularly asked such in the reader mailbag.

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What Kind of Retirement Is Right For You?

I had a great lunch today with an old friend of mine. We used to work together and he was a couple of decades older

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Don’t Worry about the Destination. Focus on the Journey.

In 2017, I’ve chosen to take on a number of personal challenges. I’m trying to lose weight, with a goal of achieving the same weight

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A Financial Cleanse?

An old dear friend of mine has an absolute fascination with the idea of “cleanses.” She’s constantly trying out juice cleanses and organic fruit cleanses

01.27.17
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15 Frugal Date Nights

Although my wife and I have been married for almost 14 years (and we dated for six-plus years before that), we still put effort into keeping

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The Magic of Hedonic Adaptation

If you’re wondering what on Earth “hedonic adaptation” is, keep reading. It’s a fancy term for something that’s actually pretty straightforward. The other day, I