• The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Take Action Edition

    A friend recently pointed me to the research work of Jennifer Aaker, a researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. From the article: “The results show that acts designed to improve the well-being of others will lead to greater happiness for givers when these acts are associated with concretely framed, prosocial goals as opposed …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Focus on Happiness Edition

    Try this little experiment. For the rest of the day (or tomorrow, if you’re reading this late in the day), whenever you interact with someone, take just a second and ask yourself what you could do during that interaction to make that other person walk away happier. Then, try to do just that. Offer a …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Teaching Games Edition

    My oldest son is on a board gaming kick as of late. Most days, when he gets home from school, he requests that we play a board game. He’s able to pick up the rules of many of the games in our family’s collection, more than I would have guessed a few months ago. We’ve …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: March Madness Edition

    As usual, I submitted the same exact bracket to a bunch of different NCAA bracket contests. This year, I’m doing really, really well, though I’m not perfect. My bracket percentage is 90.3%, believe it or not, as I have guessed 47 of the 52 winners so far correctly. I guessed right on most of the …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: OneNote Edition

    Evernote is a software package I use several times each day. I use it for quick note keeping and some simple project organization. However, before I switched to using Evernote, I was a big user of Microsoft OneNote. I actually used that package for casual notes as well as organizing tons of different projects. Why …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

    The clock shift in the spring is almost always difficult on our family. However, this year showed us a great little trick that really helped with the switch. It turned out that Sunday – the day after our clocks moved forward an hour – was a really nice day outside. We spent quite a few …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: One Percent Edition

    One interesting part of writing a blog on personal finance is that I’m constantly on the periphery of ideas like “the 1%” – the idea that the people in the world who are in the top 1% in terms of wealth have different motivations than the remaining 99%. The advice I give is all about …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: How to Be a Friend Edition

    Over the last week or so, I’ve watched my children each struggling with friendships. What does it mean to be a friend? How should a friend treat you? How should you treat a friend? When should you end a friendship? In one case, a new friendship is being built in a (somewhat) unexpected place. In …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Winter Blues Edition

    Most winters, I get a strong case of the “winter blues.” It usually manifests itself in a sense of feeling really tired, particularly in the darkest parts of winter. This winter, strangely enough, I’ve barely had any blues at all. I’ve felt largely normal throughout most of the winter. This is particularly strange, because this …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Long News Edition

    I’ve come to find that I trust short news stories very little. The little segments that you hear on news breaks on the radio or on cable news programs are often so short that all you hear are a few selected elements of a story and that rarely gives you the full picture, and most …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Routine Reboot Edition

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to slowly adjust my daily routine to incorporate some new habits. The biggest challenge I’ve found is that it’s really easy to slip back into old patterns without thinking about it. My solution? I’ve set up “reminder” software on my computer – a mix of Fantastical and …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Hairbrushing Edition

    My daughter has wild, unruly hair that needs brushed several times a day. If she doesn’t take care of it, it starts going in every direction. The problem with that is that she really doesn’t like to brush her hair. She usually wants to do it herself and when she does, she does a rush …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Parenting and Tiredness Edition

    Our eight year old knocked on our bedroom door at about 11:30 PM complaining of growing pains in his legs. Since we were both awake, one of us looked for some Children’s Tylenol while te other found him some water. We weren’t sleeping again until after midnight. Our six year old wakes up at 1 …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pomodoro Edition

    A friend of mine recently introduced me to the “Pomodoro technique” for time management. The idea is that you break your day down into 25 minute segments. At the end of each segment, you take a five minute break. Every four breaks, you take a 15 minute break instead. It’s an interesting idea and I …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Solo Journey Edition

    A solo journey is rarely a successful one. Virtually every single significant thing that I’ve found success with in my life has been aided in a very large way. Many of those things were aided by my wife, Sarah. Others have been aided by coworkers and mentors. Here’s the catch: most of the time, as …

  • Ten Pieces of Inspiration #159

    Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Epictetus on learning “It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus At the same time, the more I learn …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Cold Edition

    As I alluded to a few days ago, I’m currently dealing with the worst cold I’ve had in many years. In fact, I haven’t really had a severe cold in many years until this one. This thing, though, it just keeps hanging on. I don’t quite feel like laying in bed all day, but I …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Four Wheel Drive Edition

    During the winter, when it’s snowy, having a vehicle that gets around well on ice and snow is incredibly reassuring. Yesterday, our four wheel drive vehicle ascended a rather steep and ice-covered hill without skipping a beat. A few hours later, a car got stuck ascending it and had to give up. Another one made …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas and Solstice Edition

    It’s pretty well known that scholars are uncertain as to the actual birth date of Jesus thanks to different calendar systems and poor record-keeping and that December 25 was chosen as the date. I’m really thankful for that. This time of the year, in the northern hemisphere, days grow very short and quite grey. It’s …