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The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 27, 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 …

How Low Can You Go? Moorish-Style Chickpea And Spinach Stew

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled “How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes looked quite tasty, most of the dishes weren’t actually all that inexpensive, often narrowly getting below $10 to feed a family of four, and many involved arduous cooking processes. I …

Rule #2: Don’t Over-Think Your Investments.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. I picked up a copy of Money recently and counted …

Categories: Money

The “Lake Wobegon” Effect

Where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. – Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion Sure, that line is used for laughs on NPR on Saturday afternoons to describe the placid, fictional Lake Wobegon, but the humor points to a rather serious matter: people constantly overrate …

Friendships and Financial Responsibility

When I first started writing The Simple Dollar, one of the biggest struggles I had was figuring out how to redefine some of my friendships – a struggle I discussed at length. The problem was that a good number of the people I spent lots of time with were constantly engaged in activities that involved …

Categories: Getting Started

Money and Power

Charles writes in: The real reason people want to be rich isn’t so they can buy stuff. It’s so they can have power over others. People want influence and respect and they see that people with money have influence and respect, so they seek money. I agree with the point Charles is making – many …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Camping Edition

My wife and kids and I went camping for four days this past weekend, starting on Thursday afternoon. We camped in a state park in rural western Illinois. The highlight was watching our kids enjoy campfire meals, then fall asleep in the flickering light of a campfire, dreaming happy dreams of running around in nature …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Simple Dollar Podcast #4: Food

The fourth episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on food. I talk about ten tactics for reducing your food bills without reducing health and taste and include a lot of recipes and food suggestions along the way. I also tried a different approach – instead of reading from detailed notes, I tried a more …

Categories: Getting Started, Meals

The Personal Finance Chore List

When I sit back, take a breather, and evaluate the things I have on my plate, I often find that lots of little personal finance tasks have built up. I’d like to finish my emergency information binder. I’d like to spend some more time researching various Vanguard index funds. I’d like to get caught up …

Categories: Getting Started

Make Starting a Small Business/Freelancing a Success

An acquaintance from my previous career wrote to me recently asking about the steps I took when I made the switch to working at home: It’s official: I’m ready to get out of here. I’m tired of working here and I have a lot of people lined up to hire me for home catering and …

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