• The Simple Dollar Redesign to Come

    I’m excited to announce a few upcoming changes to the look and feel of The Simple Dollar. Since kicking everything off at the end of 2006, I’ve pretty much kept the overall design the same, but after seeing what a redesign can do for a site, I realized The Simple Dollar could benefit from some basic …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Celebrate

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 31. Celebrate the year that has passed – and the better one to come. It’s New Year’s …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Start an Automatic Savings Plan

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 30. Start an automatic savings plan to bank that money. Yesterday, we discussed how to calculate exactly …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Calculate Your Money Change

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 29. Calculate the monthly money you’ve saved due to these changes. If you’ve been reading the Out …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Plan for the Resolution

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 28. Create a plan to achieve that resolution. Yesterday, we discussed the usefulness of coming up with …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Single Resolution

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 27. Create a single resolution for the coming year. When I was younger (imagine Trent the college …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Don’t Waste a Day

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 26. Don’t waste a day. An awful lot of you are spending this day after Christmas doing …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Turn Off the Distractions for a Day

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 25. Turn off the distractions for a day. It’s Christmas day. Right now, there’s a mountain of …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Give to a Charity

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 24. Give to a charity. When you look at your own life, do you believe that you …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Maximize Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 23. Maximize your car’s fuel efficiency. Over the last five years, we’ve put an average of 20,000 …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Start a Potluck Circle

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 22. Start a potluck circle. One of our favorite social events is the potluck dinners we have …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Find Out What’s Going On in your Community

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 21. Find out what’s going on in your community. I am constantly astounded as to the wide …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Prepare for the Inevitable

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 20. Prepare your will and your master information document. If you have no dependents, no descendents, and …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Get in Touch

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 19. Get in touch with someone you’ve lost contact with. I’m willing to bet if you sat …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Develop a Robust Filing System

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 18. Develop a robust filing system. A few years ago, I had a nightmarish time filing my …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Pantry and Restock It

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 17. Clean out your pantry and restock it. One of the biggest money savers I’ve ever found …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Put Up Some Passive Barriers

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 16. Put up some passive barriers. About a year and a half ago, Ramit Sethi wrote a …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Get a Library Card

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 15. Get a library card and pick out a few books. A few months ago, I wrote …

  • Out With The Old, In With The New: Reduce Your Phone Bill

    Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 14. Reduce your phone bill. Two episodes in my own life are relevant here. A couple years …