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A Decision on Ads

After recently getting rid of many of the ads on The Simple Dollar website because I was bothered by their content, I received an utter tidal wave of responses from readers encouraging me to put the ads back because they created a strong revenue stream for the site and enabled me to move ever closer …

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The Simple Dollar Book: Where Do I Go Now?

As many of you know, I’ve been writing a book over the last several months in my spare time, and it’s basically completed. I wanted to give you an update on the project and let you know where things are going with it. What’s the status of the book? The first draft is finished and …

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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. A Dire Situation Help me! My complex financial situation is incredibly dire! While I’m quite happy to offer suggestions to readers about their finances, I make it clear that I …

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Welcome to the Public Domain

I was hoping to time this better with other bloggers in a more broad announcement, but it looks like the idea is already out of the bag (see (Leo from Zen Habits, who jumped the gun). That’s okay, it’s the idea here that matters. I hereby release all copyright on all written (non-comment) material on …

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Practicing What You Preach

Recently, a dustup occurred in the New York Times, where a regular writer on personal finance topics, MP Dunleavey, bought a home on the spur of the moment. The problem? Based on her earlier writings, that home purchase seemed to be far outside of what she and her husband could reasonably afford. Karen Datko at …

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The Simple Dollar: Best of 2007

Over the first full year of The Simple Dollar’s existence, I’ve written a pile of articles, some good, some bad. I went through each month and tried to pick out the five best from that month to produce something of an anthology of 2007. Here they are, the best articles of the year. January + …

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Why I’ve Decided To Abandon (Virtually All) Ads On The Simple Dollar

As many of you have probably noticed, this morning I removed the majority of advertising from The Simple Dollar. This was a tough decision that I’ve been thinking about for a long time and I’ve finally reached a point where it’s clear that it’s the right move for me and for all of my readers. …

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Slowing Down, or Starting on My Dreams

After communicating with many of my readers and doing some soul-searching, I’ve decided to somewhat slow down the posting frequency on The Simple Dollar, starting tomorrow. I know this announcement is going to please a lot of my readers who complained that I was moving too fast and that they couldn’t keep up with all …

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Piecing Through A Major Life Decision

Right now, I’m sitting at a crossroads as to the future direction of my career and, by extension, my life. The Decision Throughout my life, I’ve harbored a dream of being a professional writer. I’ve always felt a great deal of power and of emotional release in the written word, dating back literally to my …

A Financial (and Personal) Commitment For November

Over the last month, I’ve been re-reading Your Money or Your Life slowly and carefully for the book club, and it definitely again shifted the way I think about a lot of things, as I wrote about in the conclusion. One thing it made me realize is that I already have all of the things …

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Some Thoughts on the Inaugural Simple Dollar Book Club

Now that the inaugural edition of The Simple Dollar book club is over, it’s time to sit back and look at what was good about it and what was bad about it. First, the good. I think overall it went well, and I know quite a few people out there did get into the book. …

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One Year of The Simple Dollar: My 25 Favorite Articles

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the launching of The Simple Dollar, I went through the archives and picked out my twenty five favorite articles. These aren’t necessarily the best, but the ones I enjoyed writing the most because they challenged my own thinking and they also brought forth some excellent responses from readers …

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Making It Up As I Go Along

A couple days ago, a reader named Matt left the following comment on a post about debt freedom versus investing: I’m starting to think that Trent makes a lot of this up. The “my friend quit his actuarial job to become a forklift operator” strained credulity and now it seems as though he can’t keep …

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Waiting

As I write this, I’m sitting in the hospital waiting for the arrival of my daughter. When you read this, she may have already arrived. My wife is in the early stages of labor and is resting, so I’m sitting here typing away, my mind full of all sorts of thoughts on the subject of …

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Getting Started With The Simple Dollar

Over the last several months, The Simple Dollar has picked up a lot of readers, as you can all probably tell if you’ve been watching that subscriber number on the upper right corner of each page. Because of this, I thought it would be worthwhile to step back and give an overview of The Simple …

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The Simple Dollar Book 2: Electric Boogaloo

A while back, I mentioned some half-formed ideas about a book based on The Simple Dollar and, as you can see from the comments there, many readers thought it wasn’t the best idea. So I shelved it I had a very serious nibble from a book publisher this past week who thought that my series, …

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What To Do If You Disagree With The Simple Dollar – Or Any Other Financial Guru

Inevitably, as you read this site, you’re going to find something that you disagree with – I write on too many topics for all of my readers to agree with me on everything. I know in the past, I’ve had some bitter disagreements with readers on Rich Dad, Poor Dad, pets, housing requirements, and many …

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Angry Emails: Is Money The Root Of All Evil?

About once a week, I get an angry email from a reader who has stumbled upon The Simple Dollar and views it solely as a giant ode to materialism and capitalism. Usually, this reader has come in via a Google search and found an article where I discuss how to maximize the money one can …

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You Don’t Need Six Figures: The Financial Realities of Living in Iowa

At various points, readers have seemed quite surprised to find out that I live in Iowa and that I can see cornfields in two directions from the back porch of the house I’m about to buy. By sheer numbers, many more people live in urban environments than live in an environment like this, and many …

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