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The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 16, 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

Homemade Gift Series #5: Wine Jelly

How to Make Your Own Homemade Wine Jelly “Not everyone will like the caramel apple jam,” Sarah commented to me after we made it. As much as I liked it, I knew she was right: it was very sweet and lacked the tartness that I often crave in my jellies and jams. So we decided …

Making It All Work – The Fundamentals of Self-Management

This is the fourth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Time management. Money management. Health management. Management of your stuff. Relationship management. All of …

10 More Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College

I thoroughly enjoyed this recent WIRED article entitled 7 Essential Skills You Didn’t Learn in College. Among them: Statistical literacy-the ability to critically interpret presented statistics and sniff out the actual useful information to separate it from the nonsense. Applied cognition-the ability to evaluate your methods of thinking and processing information and seek out and …

Categories: Getting Started

Reader Mailbag: New Format

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. Extra mortgage while underwater 2. Homemade pet food 3. How does a mortgage work? 4. Thoughts on franchising 5. The future of Berkshire Hathaway 6. Writing …

Categories: Books and Reading

What Does an Allowance Pay For?

Melinda writes in: My twelve year old daughter and I are having a money war of sorts. At the start of the school year last month we went shopping for clothes together. I said she could spend $250 any way she chose as long as she got a certain number of items – some underwear, …

Categories: Family

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Free Kindle Book Edition

If you’d like to read an electronic version of my latest book (and you’re in the United States), you can download it for free for the next few days in Amazon Kindle form. Just visit my book’s Kindle page and download! You don’t actually have to have a Kindle to read it. There are Kindle …

Categories: Books and Reading

Paying for Meaningless Words and Phrases

Every time I go shopping for a food item or a household item, I’m always bombarded with all sorts of nonsensical and largely meaningless terms plastered all over products. The words are often tied to products that, frankly, I view as overpriced for various reasons. I decided to catalogue a few of these wonderful meaningless …

Making It All Work – The Process

This is the third entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Making It All Work opens with what I would call three “introductory” chapters that …

The Meaning

For the past several days, my cousin and her two sons stayed at our house. It was something I’d been looking forward to for a long time, as she’d never been able to visit us until now. I was very close to this cousin of mine (let’s call her Laurie) when I was a child, …

Categories: Getting Started

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