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Six Persistent Money Myths That Seem To Stick Around

One of the most frustrating aspects of running The Simple Dollar is reading comments where readers, who are intending to do the right thing, actually

Books and Reading

Margin, Faith, Personal Growth, and Personal Finance

A few weeks ago, I read a fascinating book by Richard Swenson called Margin. Subtitled Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives,

Debt Management

You Can Do This

About two years ago, I had almost $17,000 in credit card debt. That added up to about a third of my salary at the time,

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Emotional Fulfillment and Financial Success

Recently, I read an excellent discussion on why we don’t save money. I originally intended to include it in my weekly roundup this week, but

Credit Reports

Access Credit Report and Credit Score Safely

Whenever you make a significant financial move today that requires financial assistance, it’s often accompanied by a check of your credit report and often a

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How to Build an Inexpensive Hobby

As any regular reader of The Simple Dollar knows, I love to read. It’s a hobby that relaxes me, encourages me to think, and doesn’t

Getting Started

Wallet Hacking

One of the first major challenges I had to overcome during my financial turnaround was right there in my own back pocket. It was an

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Twelve Invaluable Life and Money Hacks: Little Daily Steps for Finding the Money and Time to Get Things Done

Since starting The Simple Dollar (and discovering, when it became successful, that it required constant attention) and having two children, I’ve found that getting financially

Books and Reading

Robert Kiyosaki and Learning From Another Perspective

Several months ago, I offered up a detailed and rather negative review of the well known personal finance book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. In it,


The Fed Cuts Rates – What Does That Mean For Me?

Whenever the Federal Reserve makes a move, it dominates headlines. I watched CNN for a while yesterday while waiting for a meeting and they kept

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Personal Finance and the Fundamental Choice

A few days ago, I reviewed in detail the excellent book The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz. In that book, Fritz posits that

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Five Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

In this post, I’m going to compile five of the most common comments and questions I get from readers, along with my response to them.


The Little Things Do Matter

Twelve Little Hacks That Add Up To A Lot 1. Switch your savings account from your local bank to ING Direct. That’s the bank I


The Costs of Having Children

Recently, I had coffee with an old friend of mine who was torn over the decision to have a child. His spouse wants a child,

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The Long Journey

Out of all of the challenging times since I began to turn my financial life around, I may be facing the most challenging of all


Maximizing the Free (or Nearly Free) Things That Make You Feel Good

On my recent flight home from the west coast, I spent most of my time thinking about my family – my wife and two children

Getting Started

Changing Values, Changing Priorities

Over the course of one’s life, there are a number of events that occur that change one’s value structure significantly. Marriage can be one. Having

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Handling Unexpected Social Spending Situations

I’m currently on the west coast in the midst of a business trip. My hotel sits across the road from a shopping mall far nicer

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