Our roadtrips tend to involve the following: podcasts, conversation, reading, napping, food produced from paper bags, increasingly frequent restroom stops, games that involve things we see outside the car windows, repeated askings of the infamous question “Are we there yet?”, and complete relief when we actually arrive at our destination. Facing the Mistakes of Life This is actually an excerpt from The Crown of Individuality by William George Jordan. It’s incredibly worthwhile reading. We all make mistakes in life. The …

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About three years ago, I essentially switched careers. When I look back on that decision now, what I see is that I loved my job, but I hated big aspects of my career, at least in the direction it was headed. I spent more time than I would like away from my family on trips that felt unimportant. At the same time, I very much enjoyed the people I would spend time with on those trips and in my workplace. …

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The Ten Evils (Part Two)

August 2 2011

This was originally one exceptionally long post. I chose to split it into five pieces for readability purposes. I’ll post a segment each day this week. As mentioned previously, I was recently leafing through a book at the library discussing Japanese martial arts (I believe it was Budo Secrets) when I came upon a sidebar that listed the ten evils that prevent people from improving themselves. As I read through the list, I couldn’t help but see how each of …

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The Ten Evils (Part One)

August 2 2011

This was originally one exceptionally long post. I chose to split it into five pieces for readability purposes. I’ll post a segment each day this week. Recently, I was leafing through a book at the library discussing Japanese martial arts (I believe it was Budo Secrets) when I came upon a sidebar that listed the ten evils that prevent people from improving themselves. As I read through the list, I couldn’t help but see how each of these evils – …

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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Selling off items 2. High-interest foreign accounts 3. Putting off home ownership 4. 401(k) leftovers 5. Early payments on 0% loan 6. Vegan snacks 7. Using a windfall 8. Self-employment and taxes 9. Paying down credit card debt 10. Reference books My parents visited us this past weekend. I love it …

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Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the biggest reasons that people fail in their entrepreneurial ambitions is that they simply didn’t lay the groundwork for their business venture. They didn’t ask themselves hard questions about what they were ready for, what their best skills were, what skills needed …

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A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Jennifer on Twitter wondered about moving to find work. “How about life changes? Got fired. Do I move or stay where there are no jobs?” This is never an easy decision to make. …

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A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. By email, Kevin asked “Could you post an article outlining how to get started with slow cooker/crock pot usage and how it saves money?” Our slow cooker is an essential piece of kitchen …

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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. Bertie Forbes on failure and triumph If you try something you really want to achieve and you fail at it, what do you do next? “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” – Bertie C. …

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Feta Chickpea Pita Sandwich Recipe I love pita bread. Pita bread makes it easily possible to really experiment with almost anything as a sandwich filling. Hence a sandwich made from crumbled feta cheese and chickpeas that turned out to be surprisingly delicious. This recipe is based on one found in the Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh cookbook that has long been a part of our kitchen cookbook shelf, requisite wear and stains and all. We often use cookbooks for inspiration, …

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