06.23.07
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How Much Emergency Fund Is Too Much Emergency Fund?

Yesterday, I mentioned my desire to have a twelve month emergency fund, which resulted in some very interesting discussion. Some of the readers thought it

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How To Calculate APR And APY In A Spreadsheet – And Why You Would Want To

In the past, I gave a brief discussion about the difference between APR and APY when talking about simple and compound interest. What I didn’t

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Figuring Out A Debt Strategy After The Home Purchase

My wife and I have spent extensive time thinking about a plan for repaying all of our debts after we move into the home. Our

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Finding The Best Credit Card Offers For Your Situation

I often get emails from readers asking me what the “best” credit card offer is. I write back and say there isn’t one, which I’m

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Review: Pay It Down

As a lot of you know, I’m a fan of Money Magazine – in fact, I review each issue because there’s a lot of good

06.21.07
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You Don’t Need Six Figures: The Financial Realities of Living in Iowa

At various points, readers have seemed quite surprised to find out that I live in Iowa and that I can see cornfields in two directions

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Money, Spirituality, and Charity

While writing about personal finance and personal development books, several people have written in to ask me to write about Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven

09.11.14
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The Future: Where Will Tax Brackets Go In 30 Years?

I try very hard to avoid political discussions on The Simple Dollar because it often winds up in partisan bickering, but I feel that a

12.06.13
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Ten Things To Do When You Move Into A New Home

Since my wife and I are less than three weeks away from moving into our first home, we’ve been researching the things that we need

07.13.15
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The New Roth 401(k) Versus The Traditional 401(k): Which Is The Better Route?

Recently, a number of readers have asked me about the new Roth 401(k). Is it really a good deal, they ask? In a nutshell, it’s

06.19.07
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The Bulk Buying Debate

As long-time readers of the site know, I’m a big advocate of buying in bulk for many reasons (which I’ll get into below). Yesterday, however,

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The Simple Dollar Giveaway #5 – Great Career Advice

To celebrate my ongoing series of personal productivity and personal development book reviews, I’m giving away my copy of Brazen Careerist. I reviewed the book

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Prepaying On Your Home Loan Is Just A Conservative Investment

One of the regular debates here on The Simple Dollar is the eternal question of whether someone should prepay on their home loan or not.

06.18.07
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Ten Ways To Save Money In Your Bathroom

When I walk into a room at someone’s house, my eyes often spy a number of ways that they could be saving money just based

06.18.07
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Big Dreams, Small Income: Financial Planning Without A Large Salary

Recently, Fred wrote in outlining his situation: I’m 35. I make $30K a year. I lose about $4K of that every year to child support.

06.18.07
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Financial Planning For A Life Of Volunteerism And Social Work

One of the most amazing people I’ve ever met has chosen a path of volunteerism and social work for her life. She’s taken the gifts

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Review: Brazen Careerist

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. I picked up a copy of Brazen Careerist after stumbling upon Penelope’s

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Past Performance Is Not A Guarantee Of Future Returns

Quite often on The Simple Dollar, I’ll put up a description of a financial situation that one of my readers finds themselves in, or I’ll