• 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 …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Parenting Dilemmas Edition

    When you’re buying a gift for your child, do you get them the item that you know they’ll enjoy more or the one that they’ll enjoy a little less but will likely provide more worthwhile stimulation for them? How about this one: when your child loses his or her treasured nighttime blanket, what lengths do …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: 3-D Snowflake Edition

    As many of you know, I’m usually sitting here waiting when my children get off of the school bus each day. Many days, I try to have some sort of project or activity for them to do (admittedly, some “projects” are better than others). One thing we’re going to do this week is one of …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition

    Creatively prepared Thanksgiving leftovers are usually my favorite part of the meal. The elements of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be remixed in many, many creative ways to make for some delicious meals throughout the following days and often can result in very little of the food going to waste, meaning you’ve got some pretty …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Winter Clothing Edition

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve been putting away my summer clothes and getting out my winter ones. Part of this process is a realization that some of my summer clothes are in pretty bad shape – and some of them are simply hitting the rag bag. What does that mean? It means that throughout …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tradition Edition

    Family traditions are a beautiful thing. Families just find a nice way of doing things that they like and they simply repeat it, and the joy of it grows over time. This year, we’re doing our Christmas celebration very differently. In years past, Sarah and I have travelled to visit our parents over Christmas, but …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tell Someone You Love Them Edition

    It’s never a bad time to tell someone that you love them and that you value them. However, if you pass on that opportunity, you might not get a chance to replicate it. I’d rather tell someone that I care about them a bit more often than I should than to miss that chance. How …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Taking Things for Granted Edition

    It’s so easy to take things for granted in our lives. We have a good thing that lasts and, before long, we kind of assume that good thing will last forever. No good thing lasts forever without some care and maintenance. Relationships. Health. Nothing. You have to give something of yourself to maintain everything of …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Success Can Be As Challenging As Failure Edition

    This isn’t the type of thing I normally link to in these roundups, but I felt I really needed to share this article on a tiny video game development house that’s struggling with unexpected success. They made a game they thought was good, as do lots of tiny development houses. This time, though, success kind …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Overload Edition

    As many of you know, I use the online reservation system at my local library to get on the waitlist for new books as they come out. If I do this far in advance, I’ll be one of the first few people to get a new release from the library, which is pretty nice. September …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Work as Game Edition

    I recently realized that, in a lot of ways, I treat my work – professional, household, and so on – as a game in a lot of ways. I keep score. I try to top that score. I know that the best way to do that is to look for better techniques and improve my …

  • Ten Pieces of Inspiration #146

    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. Tom Clancy on knowledge “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Shifting Priorities Edition

    Every once in a while, I reach a point where a seismic shift in my priorities begins to take place. Usually, I begin to realize that a goal I once held isn’t really important to me any more, but other ones are now much more important. Usually, when that happens, I feel great. I feel …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Season Edition

    As summer gives way to fall, I’m reminded again and again of how much I love autumn. The weather gives the first hints of chill in the air, yet warmth still fills the days. Soon, leaves will begin to color and fall and the chill in the air will grow, making cheeks red when you …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pencil and Paper Games Edition

    Whenever we go to a restaurant, I usually wind up playing a pencil and paper game with my kids – tic-tac-toe, the dot game, and so on. Lately, though, we’ve been getting creative and trying to design new games. This has involved crazy grids, tearing of corners for playing pieces, and lots of other things. …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: 9/11 Edition

    Regardless of what you think about what has happened since 9/11, it was perhaps the last time in which the United States was truly united. Your political persuasion did not matter – what mattered was dealing with the tragedy and figuring out what happened. Many of my friends wish we could go back to the …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Morning Edition

    I love mornings. I love getting up before the children do and getting some work done before they wake up. I love the whole morning routine with them as I get them ready for school. I love the quiet that descends on the house once they’re gone and the sense of possibility the day holds. …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bill Watterson Edition

    You will find your own ethical dilemmas in all parts of your lives, both personal and professional. We all have different desires and needs, but if we don’t discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. Sooner or later, we are all asked to compromise ourselves …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: School Days Edition

    With the latter days of August comes the start of another school year. My children have greeted the change with enthusiasm so far. They all have friends that they’re anxious to see and their summer reading programs have kept their reading skills up so they’re not intimidated to return. For me, it gives me a …