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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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