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?

Do You Want to Be Rich?

A few days ago, I was being interviewed by a local newspaper when the interviewer, after asking a ton of questions about frugality and my

A Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Big, Healthy Emergency Fund

Lauren writes to me, lamenting her difficulties with an emergency fund: I want to have an emergency fund, but every time I think about the

The Cost of the Psychology of New

My wife and I are actively in the process of purchasing a replacement for the car my wife uses for her commute. During our initial

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The “Challenge”

A few days ago, I Will Teach You to Be Rich posted an article entitled Trent says The Scrooge Strategy is “short-sighted” — I respond

Should You Use a Credit Card As Your Emergency Fund?

Over the years, tons of readers have written into me with some variation on the same question: is it appropriate to use my credit card

Where Can You Turn If You Lose It All?

I received a long email recently from an utterly despondent woman (that I’ll call Ellen) who was caught in a devastating situation. A year ago,

When You’re Overcharged or Undercharged

While doing my weekly shopping trip (incidentally, this was also when I prepared for the breakfast burrito post), I headed to the checkout with a

What I’ve Learned From My Family Tree

When I was in high school, I went through a period where I was obsessed with building a thorough family tree. I tried to thoroughly

Using a Gratitude Journal as a Personal Motivator to Save Money and Enjoy Life

A few weeks ago, a nice reader named Nicole introduced me to the concept of a gratitude journal: Have you ever written about a gratitude

What’s First, What’s Next

A little over a week ago, J.D. at Get Rich Slowly posted an article entitled “What Next?” The Third Stage of Personal Finance, where he

About My Wife, Sarah

Today is Valentine’s Day, and what better way to talk about the day than to talk about my wonderful wife and how she constantly and

Making a Monthly Personal Balance Sheet

More than a few times, I’ve mentioned that I enjoy calculating my net worth on a regular basis and using that to see how my

One Step Isn’t a Journey

Lately, I’ve been listening to a wide variety of podcasts and talk radio stations while writing, mostly in order to expose myself to thoughts and

Using the “Thirty Day Challenge” for Personal Benefit

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Leo Babauta’s excellent book The Power of Less, which details a lifestyle philosophy of reducing and simplifying life. One

Maturity and Money

The one absolute requirement of a money manager is emotional maturity. If you don’t know who you are, the stock market is an expensive place

Using Twitter to Save Money

Perhaps my favorite online development over the last year or so has been the explosion of Twitter. For those living under a rock who have

Accused of Being a Cheapskate

A few days ago, I was giving a phone interview about The Simple Dollar and general frugality and personal finance topics when the interviewer threw

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