The Simple Dollar Podcast #14: Personal Finance Media

The fourteenth episode looks at the personal finance media. Who can you trust? Total length: 7:25. Listen In! Other options for enjoying The Simple Dollar

Review: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Your Financial Life

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Every once in a while, I stumble upon a personal finance book that makes

Having Enough for Life

I am absolutely honored to feature a guest post today by Vicki Robin, someone who I’ve had the privilege to get to know a little

That’s Just the Way It Is?

Two weeks ago, I was hanging out with a large group of people when one of them made the comment, “Well, you know how it

The Simple Dollar Podcast #13: Good Debt, Bad Debt, No Debt

The thirteenth episode looks at the concepts of good debt, bad debt, and no debt. Total length: 7:25. Listen In! Other options for enjoying The


The Valuable Art of Media Swapping

Recently, I’ve been enjoying the first season of Mad Men on DVD. Literally dozens of readers had recommended to me and I picked up the


11 Things You Can Do Today to Fall Behind Financially

Financial success is something that’s built up slowly over time. It’s not something that happens in one giant rush (unless you’re very lucky) – instead,

Cultural Divides

A reader once told me that he identifies better with other blogs because they write about the “city” and I write about “rural life.” I


The Personal Finance Toolbox

I like to think of one’s personal finance state as something like a toolbox. In order to accomplish a major task, one must use more


Recently, a brilliant little article popped up over at Five Cent Nickel, outlining the idea that one’s take on long-term investment performance is often a

The Simple Dollar Podcast #12: The Anti-Budget

The twelfth episode focuses on budgeting. I found that traditional budgets didn’t work for me, so I explore the methods that did. Total length: 7:20

Are You a Money Victim?

I’ve heard it all before. You can’t earn more because of your boss. You can’t earn more because of your career path. You can’t earn

Why My Net Worth Is Now Negative Again

That’s probably pretty shocking. “WHAT DID TRENT DO?” I can already sense the regular batch of critics in the comments cracking their knuckles over this

The Danger of Selling to Your Friends and Family

As I alluded to on Twitter a while back, a friend of mine started selling Amway recently. She sent me a long sales pitch via


The Source of Frugal Misery

Kevin writes in: Your examples of how to live frugally make it sound like your life [is terrible]. Why are you sacrificing all happiness to

When Should a Little Notion Get Big?

Several days ago, I made coq au vin and from-scratch French baguettes for dinner for my family. It took about three hours of work, all

Buying Experiences in Your Twenties

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of advice that I would give high school graduates. Two children that I watched grow up

The Simple Dollar Podcast #11: Networking with Value

The eleventh episode focuses on networking and building professional (and personal) relationships. How can you do this effectively? Total length: 8:30 Listen In! Other options