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Pay What You Want

Let’s say you go to a restaurant somewhat regularly and each time you go, you spend about $10 on your meal. One day, rather than receiving a bill, you’re simply directed to a box on your table that said “pay what you want for this meal.” How much would you put in? Would you put …

Categories: Getting Started

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 22, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … …

Categories: Books and Reading

Guilt and Charitable Giving

Monica writes: My biggest “financial leak” is charities. I constantly see people in need and I feel deeply guilty if I don’t help them, especially since I know I have plenty of financial resources with which to help them. The result is that I end up with less money than I expected and it’s hard …

The Moment That Changes Everything

Else stood this stone a fragment and defaced, with lucent body from the shoulders falling, too short, not gleaming like a lion’s fell; nor would this star have shaken the shackles off, bursting with light, until there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. – Rainer Maria Rilke, Torso …

Categories: Getting Started

Convenience and Piracy

I’m going to go a little bit off of the beaten path here and talk about something not directly related to personal finance, but something that has a strong indirect relationship: piracy of intellectual property. A week barely goes by when a person writes to me asking for some sort of justification for their piracy …

Reader Mailbag: Draft Copies

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sweating over a lot of the little details of my upcoming book. What will the cover look like exactly? What will the text be on the folds? What will the acknowledgements look like? What about a dedication (it wound up being dedicated to my high school English teacher, …

Categories: Books and Reading

MMOs and Financial and Personal Balance

Charlotte writes in: I just wanted to suggest that you write about MMOs. My husband and I have been playing World of Warcraft since we were in college for about five years. We play about two hours each evening and maybe three or four hours on raid nights (two nights a week). We don’t have …

Categories: Entertainment

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pure Imagination Edition

One of the fun things about being a parent is introducing your child to some of the things that built your own fondest memories of a child. Sometimes they react with indifference. Sometimes with a smile. And sometimes, like with the old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie, they react with pure delight. Busting …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Realities of Dropping Cable

Over the years, I’ve made a strong case for abandoning television watching as a good move for financial and career success. Not only does television offer up a lot of advertisements glorifying unnecessary material stuff and rampant consumerism, but many programs glorify it through product placement within the programs. Many programs solely exist to promote …

Categories: Getting Started

Credit Card Debt: Marriage, Privacy and Honesty

Archie writes in: In our marriage, my wife and I have agreed not to open financial statements addressed to each other. We supposedly did this so that we would be able to hide things like gift purchases from each other. Whenever we talked about our finances, we just talked about balances on accounts and didn’t …

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