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Never Eat Alone: Don’t Keep Score

This is the first of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the first two chapters, “Becoming a Member …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Mad Men Edition

Recently, I dug out a copy of Mad Men: Season 1 on DVD that I’d received for a gift a long time ago and never watched. And now I’m thoroughly hooked. For once, the hype was right on. The only problem now is that season 3 is airing on television and I’ve yet to see …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Simple Dollar Podcast #14: Personal Finance Media

The fourteenth episode looks at the personal finance media. Who can you trust? Total length: 7:25. Listen In! Other options for enjoying The Simple Dollar Podcast include: Listen to this episode on a separate page Subscribe via iTunes Download this episode (right click and save) Subscribe in the media player of your choice Though I …

Categories: Getting Started

Thoughts on How To Build Successful Friendships

Early this year, I posted a popular article, Some Thoughts on Building a Successful Marriage. In it, I gave my thoughts on what it takes to make a marriage work – and since your spouse is your most important partner in your finances and your life, it’s important to have a successful relationship there. Recently, …

Seven Tempting Places – And Eight Ways to Minimize Their Impact

I’m often tempted to spend money that I shouldn’t. I’m good at restraining my impulsive nature. I don’t simply go into stores and then emerge later with a hefty bag, a credit card bill, and a dazed look on my face. Still, in certain places, I am strongly tempted to spend. I look around and …

Reader Mailbag #78

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. The cost of education is increasing at …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Your Financial Life

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Every once in a while, I stumble upon a personal finance book that makes me really wish someone had put it in my hands earlier in my life. Sure, it might not have made a difference in terms of the financial mistakes I made …

Handling a Harvest Without Waste

Here in the Midwest, it’s harvest season. People’s gardens are full of produce which is currently being picked, and many kitchen tables are full of vegetables. For a gardener, this can be the best part of the year – the sheer possibility of all of these fresh vegetables and fruits is intoxicating. But it can …

Categories: Frugality, Meals

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – August 29, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. I call …

Revising and Setting New Money Goals

Over the past few months, our finances have been in something of a “reset” mode. In the process of taking more control of the advertisements on The Simple Dollar’s website (which is my primary source of income), I had to change billing systems. With my previous primary advertising representative – Google – I would get …

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