Three and a half years ago (has it really been that long?), I wrote a post on the three money questions that will transform your life. It was part of a lengthy discussion of the book Your Money or Your Life, from where those questions derived. As I look back on the financial lessons I’ve learned over the past half of a decade, I think these three questions strike very close to the core of all of it. I’ve used …

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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. Cross country move 2. Building credit without cards 3. Quick repayment and credit scores 4. Income generation in retirement 5. 401(k) manipulation 6. What’s your day like? 7. Fix it up or not? 8. Emergency fund vs. financial aid 9. Handling proceeds from sale 10. Epic board games, not D&D I …

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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. I’ve mentioned more than a few times on The Simple Dollar how one of my few heroes in life is John Wooden, the basketball coach at UCLA during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. For example: Make Each Day Your Masterpiece and Making Today …

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We’re all familiar with the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” It’s a key concept in human morality and a foundation rule in most of the world’s significant religions. For a lot of people, the golden rule comes at least somewhat naturally in human behavior. We’re pleasant to others most of the time, for example. Without the golden rule, traffic flow simply wouldn’t work …

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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. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes I spent part of this week assembling a handmade book of poetry to read to our children in the evenings and on road trips, so this inspiration list will include several of these. I’ll share the first stanza of each The wind was a torrent of darkness among the …

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For the better part of the last decade, the biggest worry I had in my life was personal finance and the foundation (or lack thereof) that I was building for my future. My approach to this worry was, for the most part, to ignore it. I’d just make minimum payments and pretend that everything was fine, only to find myself pretty stressed out every time I was forced to look at it or when I’d sit up at night thinking …

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Homemade Pasta: Penne with Cannelini and Tomatoes One common thing I like to do on weekdays when I don’t have enough leftovers for lunch is to prepare something that will make a casserole dinner for my family that I can easily pull a lunch’s worth of food from for myself right then. I prefer meals of this type that are simple to make so that I don’t invest a lot of time in it, either. This dish, which I actually …

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Andrea writes in with a heartbreaking story. In your post about helping others, you made several suggestions for helping someone that appears to be in trouble. The item that most struck home for me was: “Wait for their “bottom,” then gently offer help. Although a low point can often be incredibly painful, it can also be an incredibly valuable learning experience for people. It is at that point that a person realizes, for the first time, that they’re following a …

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A Simple Request

May 6 2011

Since my tongue-in-cheek post on Monday about my “seminar series,” I’ve been stunned at the outpouring of emails and notes from people who wanted to pay me anyway for that “seminar.” I really appreciate it. I deeply appreciate it. Right now, though, I’m in a financial situation where, for the time being and for the near term, I don’t need that money. I actually live the things I write about on this site. My financial situation is relatively secure (nothing …

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As I write this, I’m enjoying my first ice-cold glass of sun tea of 2011. Delicious. 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. Student loan consolidation question 2. Tabletop or electronic games? 3. Retirement worries 4. Groceries and kids 5. Quality of life versus money 6. 401(k) or mortgage 7. How to handle second mortgage 8. Balancing gas …

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