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Reader Mailbag: A Bit of Auden

“You need not see what someone is doing to know if it is his vocation, you have only to watch his eyes: a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon making a primary incision, a clerk completing a bill of lading, wear the same rapt expression, forgetting themselves in a function. How beautiful it is, that …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Wonderful Rewards of Not Spending

Sarah and I have a lot of similar ideas when it comes to personal finance. We both believe in saving for the future. We both believe in spending far less than we earn. Here’s a tricky one, though. We don’t mind spending on the things we value, but we both cut down hard on the …

Categories: Getting Started

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Library Edition

A library with an efficient website completely changes how you use the library. Here’s what I mean. Let’s say I’m visiting one of my favorite book blogs and I read about a book that seems intriguing. Rather than buying it immediately, I can follow a nice two-step process to allow me to read it first. …

Categories: Books and Reading

Getting Things Done: A New Practice for a New Reality

This is the first entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. The first question a lot of people are going to ask is why am I writing a fourteen …

Some Thoughts on Hiring People

About once a day, I hear from someone who lists off a bunch of their investments, says that they don’t think their financial advisor is doing a good job with their money, and asks me what they should do. My first advice to them is usually to dump their advisor and handle their investing themselves. …

Categories: Getting Started

How to Sell Off a Media Collection

Back in 2006, when I hit financial bottom and realized I had to do something, one of the first things I did was clean out my closets and shelves and sell off a large portion of my media collection. Piles of CDs and DVDs and video games went flying out the door in an effort …

Categories: Getting Started

Reader Mailbag: Decoration Day and Memorial Day

Memorial Day is pretty much just confusing to me. It’s theoretically a day to honor fallen soldiers, but most people just go on vacation or play in the yard. What happened to Decoration Day, which is May 30 of each year? That’s the original date created to honor those soldiers that have served our country …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: 48 Days to the Work You Love

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller keeps getting recommended to me over and over again by readers. Initially, I had filed it right next to Margin in my mind as a “great career advice book with …

Is It Really Cheaper to Ride the Bus?

Aaron writes in: I love your cost breakdowns when you calculate the real truth behind some financial choice. I’ve got one for you. Is it really cheaper to ride public transportation to work? I have a bus stop about a block from my house. For about $2 each way, I can use public transportation to …

Five Lessons on Money and Self-Improvement

One of the best articles on self-improvement I’ve ever read popped up recently on the Deadspin blog. Titled The Public Humiliation Diet (note: some language NSFW), it describes how Drew Magary, the author of the post, lost sixty pounds in five months without doing anything too incredibly radical. He just implemented twelve simple rules in …

Categories: Getting Started

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