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Why Your Summer Energy Bills Are So High

Yes, it’s almost always painful to receive that first energy bill of the summer months. That first month where the outdoor heat kicks into overdrive usually results in a friendly notice from the electric company with a number that sometimes has an extra digit that we didn’t expect or a “3” in place of the …

Categories: Getting Started

Simple Changes Aren’t Always Simple

One of my favorite writers is Ian Rogers, who blogs about his health at Fistfulayen. In one of his best posts, he writes about his use of the L.L. Cool J workout, which eventually turns into an astute point that virtually every “healthy diet” book focuses on the same handful of seemingly simple principles. He …

Categories: Getting Started

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 19, 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

Summer Meal Series #3: Skillet Cilantro-Lime Chicken Fajitas and “Poor Man’s” Spanish Rice

What’s on the table this summer? Chicken Fajitas One of my favorite ways to start a great meal is to look at the grocery store flyers. This week, for example, I noticed that one of the grocery stores I regularly shop at had both chicken breasts and small soft tortilla shells on sale. When I …

Categories: Frugality, Meals

Getting Things Done: Getting “In” to Empty

This is the sixth 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. Last time, we focused on going through your mind, your home, and your workspace to collect together all …

Living “The Simple Dollar”

As many of you know, my new book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams is due to be released at the end of this month and should be available in bookstores all over the United States in early July. If you’d like, you can …

Reader Mailbag: Rain

What’s inside? Here are summaries of the included questions in five words or less. 1. Downgrading a car for e-fund 2. Handling an increase in income 3. Dealing with financially unsound parents 4. Starting out with a Roth IRA 5. Quicken or GnuCash? 6. Preparing for a second baby 7. Buy CD or pay debt? …

Categories: Books and Reading

Buying Things You Wish You Had Time For

Not too long ago, I traded in my Nintendo DS and the games I had accumulated for it for a Playstation 3 and a handful of used games. I did this for two reasons, mostly. One, I don’t play the DS much at all since I’m not traveling (when I am out and about, I …

Categories: Getting Started

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Money Is Time Edition

Everyone says that time is money. Well, there’s truth in the reverse, as well. If you spend your money wisely, money becomes time. You can spend your time doing things you care about if you’re not constantly chasing the dollar. The Rewards of Routine Maintenance This article meanders in a few different directions, but the …

Categories: Books and Reading

Getting Things Done: Corraling Your Stuff

This is the fifth 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. Last time, we discussed what exactly you need to have in place to get yourself organized (time, a …

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