• Some Thoughts on Magazine Subscriptions

    Kelly writes in: Do you subscribe to any magazines? Why? Do you find enough value in them to be worth the cost? This was originally a question in Thursday’s reader mailbag, but the answer became long enough that I felt it deserved a post of its own. Sarah and I get several different magazines in …

  • The Value of “Project” Magazines

    As I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I subscribe to a handful of magazines of various kinds. What I’ve found is that these magazines (aside from a couple of freebies that we won’t pay to renew) fall into one of two categories. Our magazines either are a source of long-form essays that are hard to …

  • Seven Unexpected Things I Read For Personal Finance Inspiration and Motivation

    I read a lot of material on personal finance for this blog, from at least one personal finance book a week to issues of Money, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, and so on. What might surprise you, though, is that most of my reading that really inspires me to write about money issues comes …

  • Evaluating My Magazine Subscriptions: Which Ones Are Worth It And Which Ones Aren’t?

    A while back, I discussed five principles of deciding whether or not to subscribe to a magazine. Here they are, in nutshell form: Do I actually read the magazine? Would I buy the magazine on the newsstand if I didn’t subscribe? Does the information in the magazine directly affect my bottom line? Could I just …

  • SmartMoney Magazine’s “7 Money Mistakes” – And The Simple Dollar’s “7 More Money Mistakes”

    I was leafing through the July issue of SmartMoney (the Wall Street Journal’s sister magazine) mostly because of the cover article, 7 Money Mistakes … And How To Avoid Them. Here are the seven mistakes in a nutshell: #1. Saving with the right hand and spending with the left #2. Playing it too safe #3. …

  • Why I Can’t Stand Most Personal Finance Magazines

    Every once in a while at the newsstand, I’ll pick up an issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance or SmartMoney, just to give myself something to leaf through while I’m waiting at the airport or something. Every time I do it, I wind up regretting it for three big reasons: The absolutely overwhelming amount of advertisements. …

  • Magazine Subscriptions: Are They Worth It?

    I currently subscribe to seven magazines: The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Mother Jones, Wired, Consumer Reports, and Money. That seems like a lot, but it’s actually down from the ten magazines I subscribed to before my son was born. Why so many magazine subscriptions? There are two reasons, really: one, I ask for them …

  • What, Why, and How I Read

    This post isn’t strictly about personal finance; instead, it serves to answer a question that a lot of readers have asked me over the past few months. What do I read? How do I read? Why do I read? Instead of having a “Simple Dollar reading week,” I tried to compress all of this information …

  • Money Magazine – February 2007

    My subscription to Money Magazine started with the February 2007 issue; I was quite happy to see it in my mailbox, even though it ups my magazine subscription list to eight (The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Economist, Money Magazine, Wired, Discover, and Consumer Reports). Money Magazine is almost always an entertaining read with …

  • Are Personal Finance Blogs A Suitable Replacement For Financial Books And Magazines?

    Here’s a loaded question that I was asked yesterday during an IM chat with a reader of The Simple Dollar. I gave a quick response to the reader, but I spent a lot of time considering this question, mostly in terms of my own site. Is The Simple Dollar an adequate replacement for financial books …