Thoughts on Manhattan

Several evenings ago, I was looking for a movie to watch when I stumbled upon the end of the Woody Allen film Manhattan. A single

Jack of All Trades: How You Can Become One

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet,


Theodore Roosevelt on Financial Success

For me, few things are more compelling than biographies of compelling people who led exceptional lives. In their lives and decisions, we can all find


A Reasonable Engagement

This is the second entry in a five part series this week on the stages of a relationship and how you can make financially sound


Synergy in Life and Money

It’s amazing to me how often one part of my life is in opposition to other parts. Last Thursday, for example, my wife stayed home

You Can’t Get Better Results Without Changing Anything

Some of us want to get out of debt. Some of us want a better career. Some of us are shooting for financial independence. Some


Eight Thoughts for New Parents

Over the last two weeks, at least three longtime readers of The Simple Dollar plus a close friend of our family had new babies enter


Fake It ’til You Make It?

Recently, I’ve received emails from several readers with the often-quoted career nugget “Fake It ’til You Make It” in their email signature. I’ve heard the


The Hidden Costs of Your Job

One of the most interesting aspects of working from home is how it altered my spending in countless little ways. Before I made the switch,


Teaching a Three Year Old How to Save

Over the last few months, my three year old son has received quite a few $1 and $5 bills from relatives for various reasons –


The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. He is supported on crutches, but lacks so much support

Quality of Life and Consumer Spending

Recently, I read a fascinating comment from Sydney on SmartSpending (I added the bold myself): I’ve never understood the unending supply of articles telling people

My Real Net Worth

Every month, I spend some time on a personal finance statement. I’m careful to include the current balances on all of my debts and assets,

Who’s Right? Who’s Wrong?

Recently, I heard some pretty strong (but valid) criticism of The Simple Dollar (that applies to most personal finance blogs out there): You are a


Active, Passive, and Portfolio Frugality: Where Should One Start?

One of the most common ideas expressed in personal finance books is distinguishing between three different kinds of income: Active income is earned through your

My Weekly Personal Finance Routine

Almost as soon as my review of Susan Feitelberg’s The Net Worth Workout was posted, several readers wrote to me with great interest about my

Review: The Net Worth Workout

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’m a big believer in the idea that personal finance and personal health have

What Do You See?

One of the most cherished children’s books at our house for years has been Eric Carle’s classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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