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50 Side Businesses You Can Start On Your Own

In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: it fills your time with something that you choose (and thus you enjoy) and sets up a potential long-term revenue stream. I also discussed how I got a side business going myself. Since then, lots of readers …

Riding the Market Up

Ada writes in: Like you, I think the stock market is near the bottom right now and will go up greatly in the next three to five years. I have some extra cash (about $10K) but I don’t know exactly what to do with it to get on board. How would you do it? In …

The Little Things That Make You Happy

One of the most constant criticisms leveled against me (and against anyone who talks about frugality regularly) is that, in order to save a few cents, one must abandon the simple pleasures in life. “YOU’LL PRY THIS MOCHA LATTE FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!” people will write to me in a fit of vengeance. Here’s …

Categories: Frugality

Establishing Positive Habits and Routines

Mike writes in: If I had to evaluate myself, I’d say one of my largest challenges is my ability to maintain self-discipline. There are always innumerable personal projects I’d like to dive into. Unfortunately, it seems to be the case that almost all of them slip away from me. I’m an undergraduate in computer science, …

Categories: Getting Started

Lifting Your Spirits For Free

The last week has been pretty rough for me following the passing of my grandmother. I was pretty close to her from my earliest years, but over the last few months, we hadn’t spoken as much as we normally had. I was involved with my own children and she had not called as often as …

Categories: Family, Getting Started

Weekday Misery, Weekend Pleasure

Since starting The Simple Dollar, friends and family and neighbors have started coming to me regularly to chat about money issues. Most of the time, the questions are pretty simple and the answers come quickly. What intrigues me about these conversations, though, are the little things that people say that reveal bigger truths about their …

Categories: Careers

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Thank You Edition

On behalf of myself and my family, thank you to the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of readers who directly sent us messages of condolence – and a few small memorial gifts as well. It is truly, truly appreciated. How to Make Money with a Blog Ever wondered how exactly a blog makes money? This is perhaps …

Categories: Books and Reading

Is Suze Right? Do Emergency Funds Now Trump Debt Repayment?

Recently, an astute reader pointed me towards a very interesting Yahoo! Finance article entitled Suze Orman and the New Rules of Credit Card Debt. In the article, Suze changes her usual tune of paying down debt above all else – here’s a key quote: “If you have an unpaid credit card balance [and] not much …

Thoughts After Losing a Loved One

My maternal grandmother passed away very suddenly this past Thursday. It caught me completely by surprise, in fact – I was working on arrangements for a weekend guest at our home when my father called me with the news. It shocked me, to say the least. Here are some of the things the last few …

Categories: Family

Can You Live Without That Service?

When I reached my financial bottom, one of my first responses was to look for fat to cut out of my life. I eliminated Netflix. I eliminated magazine and newspaper subscriptions. I whacked away at some of the pricier options on several other bills. I needed to do this because, quite simply, the monthly bills …