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Frugality, Usability, and Phone Shopping

About a year ago, I decided to get a low-end smartphone, mostly so I could check and make sure The Simple Dollar was still up and running from the road and perhaps tweet on occasion. I wound up with a low-end Blackberry that I got for just a few dollars and got the low-end data …

Categories: Frugality

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Side Writings Edition

As some of you know, I have an off-and-on side gig writing for OPEN Forum, a website that focuses on small business issues. I mostly write about small business frugality – how to reduce your spending without reducing the quality of your business – but I often touch on other topics. Anyway, here are a …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Family That Saves Together

My four year old son thinks that the way you get a new video game is by trading for it at the used video game store. At dinner time, they both eat exactly what their parents eat – and that’s considered normal, as opposed to making them a special kid-friendly meal that racks up the …

Categories: Getting Started

Why Would a Blogger Write a Personal Finance Book?

Over the past few years, several personal finance bloggers have written books, myself included. J.D. from Get Rich Slowly put out Your Money: The Missing Manual. Ramit from I Will Teach You to Be Rich put out a self-titled book. Just last Sunday, I reviewed a book by Rachel Singer Gordon (a.k.a. Mashup Mom). I …

Frugality and Fear of Health Care

Jennifer writes in: My husband had been complaining about sharp pains in his side for several weeks. A few days ago I had to take him to the emergency room. He stayed overnight for observation and was released the next day with a ton of medications to take. It turns out he has a liver …

Categories: Frugality

Reader Mailbag: Birthday Celebration

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. Starting a garden from seed 2. Losing my job next summer 3. Splitting rent and utilities 4. Dealing with a challenging year 5. Time to have …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: Point, Click, and Save

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. MashupMom.com is one of the better coupon and sale aggregating blogs out there (meaning that most of the content posted is either sales at various stores or coupons for various products). I have mixed feelings about such sites. On the …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: What’s Missing?

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by reflecting on particular pieces of it that I’ve had further reflections on or particularly excite me, including some elements …

Escaping the Mundane

Charlie writes in (this is an excerpt, because the full story is quite long): What I finally realized is that I usually buy stuff because it makes me feel like this is all worth it for a while, that all the work I’m doing isn’t just going to feed Uncle Sam and to keep a …

Categories: Frugality

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 31, 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

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