Uses for an Old Cell Phone

A friend of mine was about to chuck her old cell phone in the trash, without a second thought. When I suggested that she might


Your Single Best Action For Saving Money

Yesterday, I was doing an interview with a newspaper when the interviewer asked me “What’s your single best tip for saving money?” You would think

The Suitcase Test

Over the weekend, my parents came to visit. At one point, we were talking about the experiences I had during my college days, and they

Reading This Article Won’t Make You Rich

I’ve read (literally) thousands of personal finance articles that say just the opposite of the title of this one. They all offer some great path

Having a Money Revelation

I’ve mentioned many times how my first child was a revelation to me when it comes to money issues. It wasn’t that I didn’t know

Keep Important Stuff from Slipping Through the Cracks

There are many, many days where I feel completely buried in little tasks. Pay the bills. Help my son draw a picture. Make dinner. Write


Go Green and Save Money: 6 Disposable Items to Stop Buying Now

When you go to the grocery store or to the department store, many of the things you buy are disposable – they wind up in

That First Taste of Financial Success

About a month after I hit bottom in terms of my debt, I sent in a large payment on one of my credit cards, a

Review: Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I picked up Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck because of one word: conversation. For the

The Power of the Chaperone

Ever notice how your shopping behaviors change depending on who you’re shopping with? I certainly have. I noticed this most thoroughly on three recent grocery


Minimizing the Impact of Job Loss

Over the last week, several people have written to me in a panic, asking what they should do if they think they’re about to be


Stop Trying to Impress Other People

Imagine, just for a moment, that you find yourself on a desert island with just you and four or five of your closest friends and

120 Minutes

A few days ago, Seth Godin posted a brilliant piece on his blog entitled Is Effort a Myth? In it, Seth addresses the issue of


Elder Care: Caring For Your Aging Parents

Yesterday, I called my parents just to see how they’re doing. I usually give them a call two or three times a week and talk


Frugal Living: A Guide to a Romantic Frugal Date

Whenever I talk about being married or the six years in which I was dating my wife, people always ask for suggestions on how to

Changes You Can Make

One of the strongest memories I have from my childhood comes from when I was about seven years old. We were visiting my grandmother and

The Entrepreneurial Drive (Or Lack Thereof)

Whenever I write a post about careers, I usually receive a few comments or emails from readers who are heavily involved in entrepreneurship, chiding me

Positive and Negative Advertisements

I don’t comment on advertisements very often, and when I do, it’s usually to skewer it, as I did with Hyundai’s “Dollars and Sense” ad

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