Morning Roundup

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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Performance Enhancing Drugs Edition

It’s no secret that I’ve been a life-long baseball fan, and with all of the news about the recent batch of bannings in baseball due to performance enhancing drugs, several readers wrote to me asking about my take and whether I would watch baseball with my children. My take is pretty simple. I know that …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Chores Edition

One of the challenging parts of parenting that we’re experiencing right now is migrating our children into taking care of chores. There are many things around the house that they were once too young to handle but are now old enough to manage without help – clearing the table after a meal, setting the table …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Back to School Edition

With Iowa’s tax free holiday coming up this weekend (more on that in a second), we’re really focused on our back-to-school lists and preparations around here. Of course, for us, that means quite a bit of reading and studying up so we can have a good strategy to minimize our costs this weekend. Here are …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rain Edition

We had our first nice rain in a long while on Monday evening. I went outside after the rain and you could smell everything inching back to life after a lengthy dry spell. It was wonderful. Our garden really needed it. There’s nothing better than a summer rain. Ten Things You Can Do When You …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Accountability Edition

The best way to make sure that you actually achieve a goal you set for yourself is to let others know about it and ask them to help make sure you get there. If their friendship is worth even a little bit, they’ll help you. They’ll ask you about your goal until you ask them …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Faith and Personal Finance Edition

Due to an upcoming presentation I’m making, I’ve been looking deeply at the intersection of faith and personal finance. Can people use their personal religious convictions as a driver to improve their money matters? I think it depends heavily on the person, but I also think the pieces are in place in many different religious …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Outdoor Activities Edition

We’ve had this long run of gorgeous weather lately and our family has practically lived outside. During the winter and spring, I saved this huge list of inexpensive ideas for things to do during the summer… and we’ve managed to blow through most of them. A few days ago, I spent a bunch of time …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Frugal Vacation Planning Edition

In anticipation of our travel later this summer, I’ve been reading a lot of articles on frugal vacation planning. I thought, for this week’s roundup, I’d share some of these with you. (For those unaware, Sarah and I are planning a tenth anniversary trip to Boston and rural New England later this summer without the …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pet Rabbit Edition

Our family now has a pet rabbit, named Oreo. He has an outdoor cage that we built ourselves. I would have expected that he would be frightened of our children, but he actually seems to like them very much. Whenever he sees them, he hops toward them and he happily eats everything that they feed …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Childhood Edition

Every day, I look at my young children and realise that they will never be this young again. That single fact is often more than enough motivation for me to put down whatever I’m doing and go spend time with them. Before I know it, they won’t want to spend an hour playing with their …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rains of Castamere Edition

Over the last few days, I’ve watched as several of my friends have been completely shocked by the giant twist on the Game of Thrones television series. Since I actually read the “Red Wedding” scene several years ago, it was very entertaining to see all of the surprise from people. I’m really glad that they …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Endless Rain Edition

Our Memorial Day weekend was filled with tons of rain. On the rare occasions when it wasn’t pouring outside, we couldn’t help but want to go outdoors and do something… after all, it’s Memorial Day weekend, the informal start of summer, right? Well, with everything being soaked, there was mud everywhere, and our children were …

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