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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Organized Life Edition

As I’ve mentioned before, my life tends to oscillate back and forth between organized and disorganized. Sometimes, I’ll feel like my life is chaotic and unproductive, whereas at other times I feel like my life is incredibly well organized and really productive. At the moment, I feel like I’m on the “productive” end of one …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Black Friday Edition

I know several people who often use Black Friday sales as a method for reducing the cost of their Christmas shopping. They do it the sensible way, though. They already have a list of a few items that they would consider buying for the people they need to purchase gifts for, and they simply cross-check …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Thanksgiving Prep Edition

Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is still eight days away. However, most of our Thanksgiving prep extends over several days. Our extended family will certainly be starting with some things this weekend. The reality is that if you spread out the prep time, not only can you make more things yourself (lowering the cost), you …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No More Politics Edition

No more flyers. No more robocalls. No more political ads on television or radio. No more emails in my inbox asking for donations. Not for a year and a half, anyway. Prep your tech for a weather emergency I do many of these things in the winter when there’s a blizzard approaching. In the summer, …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Disaster Relief Edition

A large section of the country is reeling from the hurricane. Aside from extending sympathy from the millions of victims, I only have one small thing to say. Send aid, but be smart about it. They don’t need your “stuff.” Don’t try to send blankets or toiletries or first aid supplies. The logistics of getting …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Political Sign Edition

I’ve become aware in the last week or two of multiple incidents of people having political signs in their yard tampered with. Someone just goes up in their yard, pulls the sign down, and usually tries to damage it in what looks like a hasty fashion. All of the signs that have been tampered with …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Funeral Edition

Early this week, I learned that my uncle had passed away suddenly. His only living relatives were his son, who he was estranged from and hadn’t seen for a long time, and my mother. Whenever someone who’s been in your life since you were born passes away, particularly in such a sudden fashion, you’re left …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteer Workers Edition

I’ve been doing some phone banking for local political candidates over the last few months on a volunteer basis, and I’ve learned several things from this experience. For one, one big reason that campaigns do it is simply for name recognition. The more times you hear or see a candidate’s name, the more likely you …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Game Design Edition

Over the last few months, I’ve been involved in the design and development process of a board game. It’s been an interesting experience, to say the least. For starters, a good game is simple to play, yet whenever you find a rough spot in the rules of a game you’re making, there’s a desire to …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Art Edition

The walls of my office are slowly becoming covered in child art. First, I hung up a rather nice comic strip that my six year old son drew. Then, my daughter drew an enormous rainbow heart with the word “Dad” on it and asked me to hang it up. This opened up the floodgates. Now …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Parenting Is Hard Edition

It’s easy to have a child. It’s not nearly as easy to raise one well. The key thing to remember as a parent is that children need to push boundaries sometimes. They need to do things wrong and discover the consequences of doing so. It is incredibly easy to get frustrated with this when your …

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