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Reader Mailbag #33

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: Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I picked up Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck because of one word: conversation. For the most part, Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck by Michael B. Rubin covers the nuts and bolts of personal finance pretty well. What sets it apart is the method it uses to …

The Other Choice

Whenever you make the choice to spend money on something, you’re actually making other choices as well. I choose to “dress for success” by buying this expensive suit. I also choose to have large credit card bills. I choose to eat out for dinner every night. I also choose to be stuck in a high-paying …

Building Work Relationships: When Networking Doesn’t Work

“Caleb” wrote in recently with a concern about building connections with people in the workplace: One thing that comes in your blog from time to time is building and expanding professional and personal network. What about people who are at it but still seem to be going nowhere? For example, I have worked in a …

18 Things a New Homeowner Should Do Immediately to Save Money

So you’ve just moved into your nice new home. You’ve unloaded the boxes, unpacked most of your stuff, and are just starting to settle into your residence. Right now is the perfect time to walk through a checklist of ways to save money on your home. Starting on these things as early as possible will …

Categories: Frugality, Housing

The Intelligent Investor: Investment Versus Speculation

This is the second in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor. Warren Buffett describes this book: “I read the first edition of this book early in 1950, when I was nineteen. I thought then that it was by far the best …

How to Plan Ahead for Next Week’s Meals and Save Money

My wife and I shop for groceries on a weekly basis (with the exception of a rare mid-week stop for more milk or other pure staples). We shop from a grocery list, usually nail the sales, and focus almost entirely on buying produce. The end result is that we usually save quite a bit at …

Categories: Meals

The Power of the Chaperone

Ever notice how your shopping behaviors change depending on who you’re shopping with? I certainly have. I noticed this most thoroughly on three recent grocery shopping trips, which I’ll relate. My first shopping trip was entirely by myself. I went with a shopping list in hand, which I almost always do, and I stuck pretty …

Money Podcasts

Most mornings, I tend to listen to a handful of podcasts while I write. I listen to a wide variety of things to keep informed, from tech podcasts and food podcasts to sports podcasts and personal development podcasts, but I keep quite a bit of time open to personal finance podcasts. They’re a great way …

Categories: Technology

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Crock Pot Edition

Over the last two weeks, I’ve started really experimenting with our crock pot, trying out different crazy ideas just to see how they work. Here are two we’ve found that are really easy and quite tasty. Beef Burgundy Two pounds of beef stew meat, 4 ounces of mushrooms (fresh or canned), two cups of milk, …

Categories: Books and Reading