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Twelve Tips for Frugal Christmas Travel

As you read this, my wife and kids and I are in the midst of a lengthy Christmas trip. We’re visiting friends and family strewn all about the Midwest, and that means lots of hours in the car with two small children. Much like everyone else, we strive to minimize both the time spent in …

Categories: Automobile, Frugality

Reader Mailbag #42

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. As usual, we’ll start things off with …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: Get Everything Done

Every other week, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. A few months ago, I was very pleasantly surprised by Mark Forster’s personal productivity book, Do It Tomorrow. Most of the time, when I open up a personal productivity or time management book, I can pretty much predict what the …

On Giving Up the Dream

Matt sends me this heartbreaking email (I trimmed it down to the important pieces): Like you, I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. I also majored in a completely different discipline in order to earn a strong income. Well, after several years of working, scrimping, and saving, I decided to quit that job and spend …

Categories: Careers

Nine Creative Ways to Utilize Leftovers from Common Meals

One of the best ways to really extract the value from a meal is to utilize every bit of the leftover food instead of merely throwing it away. Not only does this reduce waste, it also drastically reduces the cost per meal in your household, and over the long term, that can add up to …

Categories: Family, Frugality, Meals

My Take on Christian Themes in Personal Finance Books

Several months ago, I wrote that I had misgivings about reviewing books on The Simple Dollar if they had a strong religious theme running through the book. My biggest concern was that I tend to write for a secular audience and when I delve into a book that is heavily threaded with the themes of …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Intelligent Investor: The Investor and His Advisers

This is the eleventh in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor. Warren Buffett describes this book: “I read the first edition of this book early in 1950, when I was nineteen. I thought then that it was by far the best …

Categories: Books and Reading

Money and Honesty

One of my favorite people in the world to talk to is my pastor. Our conversations are wide-ranging: we might talk about Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s writings one day and the ins and outs of starting a charity the next. Indirectly, she’s provided fodder for several posts here at The Simple Dollar. A few days ago, we …

Categories: Getting Started

Planning Ahead for Next Year’s Garden

You might be surprised to find that, as winter sets in here in Iowa, we’re eagerly planning our garden for 2009. In fact, I’d argue that the winter season – spent planning, preparing, and organizing – is as important as the other seasons for having a manageable and cost-effective garden. What’s so important about gardening? …

Categories: Frugality, Meals

The Two-Career Assumption

One of the biggest assumptions I see in married couples my age is that both partners must be pursuing a career. In almost every married couple I know, both partners are engaged in full-time employment, attempting to earn the largest combined wage possible. Sometimes, it’s necessary. One of our closest friends earns about $13 an …

Categories: Careers