• Convenience and Piracy

    I’m going to go a little bit off of the beaten path here and talk about something not directly related to personal finance, but something that has a strong indirect relationship: piracy of intellectual property. A week barely goes by when a person writes to me asking for some sort of justification for their piracy …

  • Meet Matthew

    Matthew is the newest addition to our family, having just recently arrived in the world. He has long toes, soft skin, and a deep enjoyment of warm blankets…

  • Announcing My Upcoming Book – The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams

    As many of you know, over the last year, I’ve been writing a book outlining the specific details of how exactly I went from being tens of thousands of dollars in debt and working at a job that caused me to miss my family and made me long for the career I wanted to doing …

  • Ten Financial Mistakes I’ve Made in the Last Year

    I make financial mistakes. I make a lot of them, actually. What I usually try to do when I screw up is not dwell on them. Instead, I try to identify why I made the mistake and then try to figure out how I can fix that issue. I don’t beat myself up over them …

  • Interview Notes

    Earlier today, I did a lengthy interview with Dean Voelker on his Improving Your Financial Health radio show. Dean’s very much into preparation, so I actually wound up doing a substantial amount of prep work for the interview. Since I had accumulated such a pile of notes for the interview in advance and Dean asked …

  • My Girls

    (And now for something a little different…) There isn’t much that I feel I need A solid soul and the blood I bleed With a little girl, and by my spouse I only want a proper house When I was in college, I was obsessed with music of all kinds. There was music playing almost …

  • Welcome to 2010! Happy New Year from The Simple Dollar!

    I’m spending the first day of this new year sleeping off a long New Year’s Eve night and spending some quality time with my kids and my wife before the spring semester gets rolling. I hope your 2010 gets off to a wonderful start! Tomorrow, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming!…

  • Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar!

    I hope that wherever you are and whatever you believe, good tidings are reaching you. Tune in tomorrow for our regularly scheduled programming…

  • Happy Thanksgiving from The Simple Dollar

    Today, I’m spending the day with my family, enjoying some turkey, taking a nap, playing a few games, and kibbitzing with people I love. Wherever you are today (whether you’re in the United States or not), take a moment to look at the good things in your life and ask yourself what you can do …

  • Eight Things I’m Thankful for This Year

    Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day (one of the two holidays of the year that are really important to me, the other being Christmas), I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the eight things over the last year that I’m most thankful for. I’m thankful for my family. My wife, my son, and my …

  • Some Questions About My Upcoming Book

    As I announced on Twitter a few days ago, I recently turned in the manuscript for my upcoming second book. I’m extremely proud of this book, as I conceived of the entire idea myself, spent literally hundreds of hours researching materials and interviewing dozens of people, and spent the last three months tying together the …

  • The Ten Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Money and Life Since Starting The Simple Dollar

    Over the past three years, I’ve had countless opportunities to reflect not only on my own personal finance and life journey, but that of thousands of readers who have contacted me over the years with questions and stories. Along the way, quite a few principles for personal and financial success began to appear. These same …

  • Three Years of The Simple Dollar: My 25 Favorite Articles of the Past Year

    Three years ago today, I officially launched The Simple Dollar. It’s been a crazy ride. Each year, on the anniversary of the launch, I’ve highlighted my 25 favorite articles from the previous twelve months of entries. These aren’t necessarily the best articles, just the ones I enjoyed writing the most. Here’s the list from the …

  • How Does The Simple Dollar Earn Money? Some Notes on Do-It-Yourself Self-Employment

    After some positive response to yesterday’s comments about an article explaining how I earn an income from The Simple Dollar, I decided to follow up and give the process a thorough description. Enjoy! Quite often, when I tell people that I’m a full time writer, they’re surprised. They expect that by saying that I’m a …

  • Will You Become a Friend of The Simple Dollar?

    Over the years, many of you who read The Simple Dollar have come through time and time again when I’ve asked for a little bit of help. For that, I thank you very, very much – I really appreciate when you guys step up to the plate and offer a bit of a helping hand …

  • Digging Deep: Writing About Money Without Repetition, Burnout, or Self-Commercialization

    Recently, several readers have written to me bringing up various points about writing about money. Edward writes: I’ve been a reader of The Simple Dollar for two years. Sometimes it feels like you’re saying the same thing over and over. Jamie writes: You really should run more ads. With your audience, you could be making …

  • Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance On Just One Page – Download My Personal Finance eBook for Free!

    Download it now – for free! A long time ago, I wrote a very popular post entitled “Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards“. After posting it, several people contacted me and suggested that I try to turn it into a book of some sort. …

  • I Need Your Help!

    As The Simple Dollar has grown in popularity over time, I’ve been able to slowly gain more and more control over the advertising that appears on The Simple Dollar. I’ve been able to avoid advertising that’s unscrupulous, while also keeping the amount of advertising to a minimum. Even better, I’ve been able to build enough …

  • Some Thoughts on Working from Home – One Year Later

    One year ago, I began my journey as a full-time writer working from home. Prior to making that leap, I worked full time in a research lab with a small, rather tight-knit group of people and I spent my spare time (when I could find it) working on The Simple Dollar. After a year and …