• The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Google Glass Edition

    I just spotted my first person using Google Glass (or some similar item) out in public. For those unaware, Google Glass is essentially a pair of glasses that allows you to “overlay” data on top of what you’re seeing around you. Anyway, the person using it was talking to himself and almost walked out in …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Spring Break Edition

    Our children have a week off near the end of winter that’s called “spring break” but usually seems to involve cold weather and lots of late winter cabin fever. Usually, they spend some time during this week visiting grandparents, then we usually plan some sort of fun family excursion for a portion of the break. …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

    As far as I can tell, far more efficiency and productivity is lost due to the switch to and from Daylight Savings Time than is gained due to the shift in daylight hours. The best solution, in my opinion, is to simply pick one time or the other and stick with it. No more silly …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Snow Shoulders Edition

    I enjoy the process of shoveling snow provided that the snow doesn’t measure in the feet. It can take anywhere from half an hour to two hours to clear the driveway and sidewalks around our house (depending on the snow level) and it’s a good workout throughout. The thing is, the snowfall here has been …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Questionable Weather Forecasts Edition

    Last week, the local weather forecasts were predicting a giant winter storm. Some forecasts were projecting as much as twenty inches of snow in our area. We got a total of two and a half inches. Earlier this week, forecasts were projecting a 20% chance of snow for us and, if we did get any, …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Novel Editing Edition

    You write a novel. You revise it. You think it’s really good. You get someone to help you edit it. They immediately point out a hundred problems with the novel, most of which are due to the things you just assume in your head about the characters without actually setting down on paper. You feel …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Construction Progress Edition

    Out of the window of my office, I’ve had the pleasure of watching an ongoing home construction project. The project has been ongoing for the past two or three months, so I’ve been able to watch almost every step along the way, from the digging and pouring of the foundation to the erection of the …

  • Ten Pieces of Inspiration #112

    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. I love looking at peoples’ bookshelves. It often opens the door to a great connection with someone. Today, I’m sharing some of those glimpses from people who have made share-able …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Barefoot Edition

    Most of the time, when I’m working at home, I’m barefoot. I don’t like wearing socks, even in the heart of winter. During the summer, this isn’t a problem. If I want to go work outside, I just go outside barefoot. This doesn’t quite work in the winter, of course, so I’ll often literally put …

  • Ten Pieces of Inspiration #111

    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. Over the past week, the weather here has been brutal: a small blizzard, a batch of freezing rain, a very rapid thaw, a very hard freeze, frigid wind chills, and …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Art Supply Edition

    Our children engage in so many art projects that we keep a small corner in our dining room set aside for their miscellaneous art supplies and in-progress art projects. Pretty much every single day, our children clear off some of the dining room table and cut/paint/draw/build something. The only tricky part with this is that …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Series Edition

    With the end of the television series Fringe, I just realized that I am not actively watching any television series right now. There is truly nothing airing right now on any channel anywhere that is holding my interest. Over the last several years, the number of series we’ve watched has dwindled. Most of the television …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fantasy Baseball Edition

    It’s mid-January. What does that mean for me? It means spreadsheet time. I love playing fantasy baseball, and the people that succeed at fantasy baseball tend to be the ones who find some sort of statistical edge over the other guys in terms of figuring out who the best “bang for the buck” players are. …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Time Versus Money Edition

    Lately, I’ve been struggling with figuring out the value of my time. How much is time really worth? Take laundry, for example. Let’s say I have ten loads of laundry to do at home. There are several days of clothes built up and the sheets need washed and the towels need washed. My time investment …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Resolution Revolution Edition

    After my recent discussion about my changing perspectives on resolutions, I thought I’d dig into the thoughts others have on resolutions for the coming year – and for any moment. This year, switch and get things done There are a lot of good thoughts here, including a big nod to the wonderful book Switch, which …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Havoc Edition

    One of my father’s secondary gifts for Christmas is the giant pile of papers and boxes left over after all of his grandchildren come to visit and open presents at his house. He collects up all of these items and takes them out into his garage, which is heated by a wood stove. He has …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Friends Edition

    In the last few weeks, my two oldest children have taken a new child in our neighborhood under their wing. This child’s family moved in quietly – I wasn’t even aware of someone new moving in – until the new child started showing up at the bus stop. The new child is quiet and reserved. …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Synthroid Edition

    I’m working on a freelance article concerning thyroid conditions and Synthroid use. I’m looking for a few people that take Synthroid (or another thyroid medication) in their adult life that would be willing to answer a few questions about the experience (your name would never be used anywhere without your permission, and pseudonyms would be …

  • The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Basketball Edition

    A long time ago, I used to play basketball every single day. I’d stand in my parents’ driveway shooting baskets for hours. In high school, I gradually moved from completely terrible to reasonably good. In college, I dominated an intramural season (though my back would start hurting so badly that I’d have to quit in …