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Reader Mailbag #64

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: Craft Inc.

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. Discover your passions and make a living from it. It’s an idea I talk about quite often on The Simple Dollar – and it often gets pooh-poohed by people who believe strongly in work-life separation, that you should do a …

13 Great Places to Trade Stuff Online

All of us have things we don’t want and, at the same time, want or need other things. Usually, the transition between the two requires selling what you don’t want and buying what you want or need – but often, you lose value on both transactions. A better solution is bartering – exchange something you …

How to Organize a “Working Party”

Eventually, every homeowner finds a sizable home improvement project that they’d like to tackle. Perhaps the project is rebuilding a deck. Maybe it involves putting new concrete in the driveway. Whatever it is, it’s big. You could tackle it yourself, but you’d be working on it after work for weeks, losing many, many hours that …

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – May 23, 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 I’m starting a weekly series (on Saturday) 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. …

Car Purchase 2: Judgment Day

A few months ago, I posted about our decision to buy a Prius after the fact. Although I’d mentioned for months that we were actively car shopping, I waited until after the purchase to discuss it. And the flame war was mighty potent. The post currently sits at roughly 174 comments, about equally divided between …

Categories: Automobile

Tuna Noodle Casserole: Easily, Quickly, and Cheaply

One of my favorite comfort foods growing up was my mother’s tuna noodle casserole. Here’s her recipe for it: 1 medium sized bag of egg noodles 1 large or 2-3 small cans tuna 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1 can peas 8 slices American cheese 1 handful potato chips Cook the noodles, then drain. …

Thoughts on Angel Food Ministries

Over the last few weeks, quite a few readers have written to me asking about Angel Food Ministries. I’ve been very hesitant to discuss Angel Food Ministries on The Simple Dollar for a handful of reasons, but this is clearly a topic that many readers are interested in hearing about, so I’ll do my best …

Debt Repayment and Frugality as Obsession

Yesterday, J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly posted an interesting article about whether repaying debt should be an obsession. His conclusion, to put it succinctly, was no: When a person decides to make a lifestyle change — financial or otherwise — there’s a temptation GO ALL OUT. With the zeal of a new convert, you …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Yellow Edition

My twenty month old daughter’s favorite word is “yellow.” “What’s your favorite color, honey?” “Yellow!” “What do you want for supper?” “… yellow?” “What should I post about this morning, sweetie pie?” “YELLOW!” So, to make her happy, this sentence is written in bright yellow. See, honey? Dad made something yellow for you. Find a …

Categories: Books and Reading

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