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Ethical Frugality Week: Hotel Visits

Over the upcoming week, I’ll be posting a series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters? I’ll be recounting some of my own stories – and some stories from readers – along the way. “Maddie” writes in: …

Categories: Frugality

Reader Mailbag #85

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. I especially like the fact that your …

Categories: Books and Reading

Review: The Simple Living Guide

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, career, or entrepreneurship book. Since starting The Simple Dollar, I’ve gradually developed the belief that the reason many people get into financial trouble is that their lives become overwhelmingly complicated. Attempting to balance a career, a marriage, a family, relationships with friends, hobbies, …

Categories: Books and Reading

Ethical Frugality Week: Hidden Replacements

Over the upcoming week, I’ll be posting a series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters? I’ll be recounting some of my own stories – and some stories from readers – along the way. “Jane” (we must …

Categories: Frugality

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 17, 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 …

Categories: Books and Reading

Never Eat Alone: Build It and They Will Come

This is the fourteenth 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 twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth chapters – “Build …

Categories: Books and Reading

Hidden Treasures from Thrift Shops

One of my favorite parts of being frugal is that I often go shopping at thrift stores. Thrift stores are unusual places. They’re often just collections of the stuff that well-off people no longer want to have or to deal with, so they just drop it off at Goodwill. That means there’s usually a lot …

Passing the Blame: Some Thoughts on the 401(k) Crisis

A couple days ago at the doctor’s office, I picked up the newest issue of Time, which featured a cover story entitled “Why It’s Time to Retire the 401(k)” (and you can read the article online). The article was filled with lots of stories about individuals close to retirement age who lost a large portion …

Categories: Retirement

15 Things More Important Than Money

Three and a half years ago, I was in a desperate debt situation. My lifestyle was tied desperately to spending far more than I was bringing in – and I was finally paying the consequences. I had let money become the most important thing in my life. It drove all of my choices and decisions. …

Categories: Getting Started

Extracting the Child Who Stayed in the Nest Too Long

Margaret writes in: I have a twenty four year old daughter who is still living at home. She went away to college, but moved back in after college while looking for a job. She’s had a good job now for two years, but has made no move at all to move out. She does give …

Categories: Family

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