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Eighteen Tips for a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding

“Angela” writes in: What advice do you have for a frugal wedding? We’re getting married in the fall of 2010. Since we are both in our early twenties and don’t have a lot to spend we were hoping to keep our wedding as small as possible. We were thinking no more than six to eight …

Categories: Family

If You Don’t Need It, It’s Not a Deal!

The following guest post is from Jason of FrugalDad.com. Jason writes about frugal living, family finances, and other related topics at his blog. With the holiday shopping season in full swing I am reminded of how often people rush out to buy something just because it is on sale. I admit, I enjoy saving money …

Categories: Getting Started

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: College Football Edition

I’m apparently one of a tiny handful of college football fans out there that actually thinks the BCS system works well. Almost every year, it does a very good job of identifying the two best teams in the country to play in a championship game where things are decided on the field, as it should …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Basics of Dealing with a Loan Default

Over the past few weeks, several readers have written in with questions related to defaulting on their loans. Some individuals were in a precarious situation and were wondering about the consequences of defaulting, while others had already defaulted on their loan and were wondering what the consequences were. What’s default? First of all, a loan …

Categories: Getting Started

Family Traditions: What Children Really Want for Christmas

While I recuperate, I’ll be sprinkling in a few guest posts from some of my favorite personal finance bloggers. This is a guest post from J.D. Roth, who writes about smart personal finance at Get Rich Slowly. Every year, people lament the commercialization of Christmas, yet few are willing to do anything about it. Christmas …

Categories: Home and Life

Overcoming Obstacles

As I’ve written about on here and Twittered about more than a few times, I’ve been through some serious health issues over the last month and a half. It’s actually been a long string of semi-related things – ear infection, sinus infection, TMJ, a very strong allergic reaction to Bactrim, a virus that threw a …

Categories: Getting Started

Reader Mailbag #40

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: Outliers

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. Ever wondered how exactly someone becomes world class at something? What exactly does it take to go from being ordinary at something to attaining great heights? Is it talent or a huge amount of persistence? Outliers (subtitled The Story of …

The Best Moment of Your Day

My wife keeps a pretty simple journal. In it, she simply notes the best moment of her day (and occasionally a few other things). Usually, these notes are simple ones. She’ll talk about opening up the first day of the Advent calendar with our kids, or a nice conversation we had while the kids were …

Categories: Getting Started

Reading Tactics For Personal Growth

One topic that seems to come up time and time again in my reader mailbag columns is the concept of reading for personal growth. I hear questions all the time ranging from how to choose books that are worth reading, how to know when a book isn’t really providing answers for you, how to read …