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A Deal-Collecting Email Address

A while back, while checking out at a Williams-Sonoma (this place is my guilty pleasure – what can I say?), the cashier asked me if I wanted to sign up for their email list. I said “Sure!” and gave them an email address. On the way out of the store, my wife chided me. “Don’t …

Why I Keep Reading Personal Finance Books

Scott writes in: How can you read and review a personal finance book every week? I’ve read three or four of them and they seem all the same to me. Don’t you get tired of the reviews? I get some version of this question quite often – and it’s a good one. I’ve been reviewing …

Categories: Books and Reading

The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 13, 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

Prolonging the Inevitable

Mitchell writes in: Currently, we have around $100,000 in credit card debt and we’re having a very hard time making the interest payments. How can we consolidate that debt and get a lower rate? Should we go to our credit union? Mitchell is falling into the same trap that I see a lot of people …

Gift Registries: Tactics and Good Taste

A few days ago, I received an interesting email from a person I vaguely knew from college. This person “rediscovered” me via The Simple Dollar, befriended me on Facebook, and sent me one or two emails. Out of nowhere, though, the person emailed me a link to their wedding registry. It had been emailed to …

Categories: Shopping

12 Ways My Wife Quietly Makes Our Life Work

Quite often on The Simple Dollar, I’ll discuss some aspect of my personal finance life and I’ll say that “I” did this or that “I” did that. Well, for every mention of the word “I,” my wife is there in the background, doing something little to make sure it all happens. She’ll cook a great …

Categories: Family

15 Ways to Get Started on Snowflaking

One of the best personal finance articles I’ve ever read is Snowflaking: A Primer, at I Paid For This Twice Already. Here’s an excerpt so that you get the idea: Snowflaking is a spinoff of the Snowball approach to debt reduction popularized by Dave Ramsey. With the Debt Snowball method, you figure out what amount …

Personal Finance and The Black Swan

Recently, I’ve been reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book The Black Swan. Most of the book has to do with economics and mathematics and is not very relevant to personal finance at all, so I won’t bother doing a detailed review here. However, there are two pieces of the book that I think are worth talking …

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bringing Back the Book Club Edition

After chatting with a few readers lately, I’ve been thinking about trying the “book club” concept again, where a single book is discussed in detail over a series of posts. I’ve done this three times in the past: The first time, with Your Money or Your Life, went really well, with tons of good discussion. …

The Simple Dollar Podcast #2 – The Fulfillment Curve

The second episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on the fulfillment curve. I talk about my own battles with overdoing it and finding a healthy balance, and relate some tips for finding good balances in your own life. Also discussed: coffee shop stereotypes, M.C. Hammer, Oddibe McDowell and Gregg Jefferies, a critique of the …

Categories: Getting Started

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