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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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Finding Meaningful Gifts Without Breaking the Bank

The last two months of the year are a gift-giving crunch for our family and for many others. Not only do we have a child’s

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Why Podcasts Are the Best Entertainment Bargain on the Internet – and 30 Great Ones to Enjoy

Whenever I’m sitting at my desk working, I’m almost always listening to a podcast. Whenever I’m in the car, I’m almost always listening to a

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How Popular Television Shows Subtly Encourage Bad Spending Habits

Like it or not, we’re all influenced by the things we see and do and hear. Sometimes, we’re conscious of and aware of those influences,

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One Little Square

Quite often, big financial changes (or other life changes) can feel absolutely overwhelming or even impossible. When you have debt that’s bigger than your salary,

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How a Meaningful Morning Routine Can Set The Stage for Financial, Professional, and Personal Success

The first few hours of each of my days are set in stone. I wake up at 6 AM on the dot. (Some mornings, I

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What Is Investing? How Do I Start?

Tell me if this sounds familiar. At some point earlier in your life, you had no sense whatsoever about your finances. For whatever reason –

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Making Today a Part of Your Meaningful Life

“Modern man is conditioned to expect instant gratification, but any success or triumph realized quickly, with only marginal effort, is necessarily shallow. Meaningful achievement takes