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Review: The Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. In 2005, my son was born. To say we were unprepared for it is an understatement. We bungled through the entire thing, not saving appropriately for expenses and not really understanding how much this little child would change our lives, financially or otherwise. With …

Does Earning More Trump Frugality?

Milton writes in with a good question, worthy of discussion: I don’t see why I should spend fifteen minutes making a batch of homemade laundry detergent just to save a few bucks when I could spend that fifteen minutes building my career. Most “frugality tips” seem like a waste of time. Let’s say you have …

Categories: Careers, Frugality

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – July 25, 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

The Total Money Makeover: Maximize Retirement Investing

This is the eighth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the ninth chapter, finishing on page 167. The next entry, covering the tenth chapter, will appear on …

How Low Can You Go? Lemony Fettuccine with Asparagus

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 …

Categories: Meals

Rule #6: Stop Trying to Impress Other People.

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. The book Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez …

Categories: Money

The Cost of Free

Chris Anderson’s most recent book, Free, argues that the future of many forms of commerce revolve around giving away their products to consumers without any financial cost to the buyer. Anderson believes pretty strongly in this principle – in fact, you can read the full book for free over at Scribd. I agree strongly with …

Resetting the Scale

One of my passions is food. If you’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for long, you know that I love spending a couple of hours in the kitchen preparing an interesting meal. My food articles seem to always grab some acclaim – I think it’s because I bring a bit of extra passion to the …

The Total Money Makeover: Finish the Emergency Fund

This is the seventh of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the eighth chapter, finishing on page 150. The next entry, covering the ninth chapter, will appear on …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: About My Second Book Edition

Since I’ve been dropping little hints for a while now that I’m deeply engrossed in my second book, several folks have emailed and Twittered me asking for more details. Here’s what I’ll say about it (for now). This book is complicated. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever written in my life by far. If you …

Categories: Books and Reading

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