Airport Frugality in the Era of New Security Regulations

As you read this, I’m likely somewhere in the sky over the western half of the United States. I’ve flown quite a bit over the


Turning Things Around: The Basics

Tessa, an email subscriber, wrote to me recently with the following thoughts: I signed to receive your emails last year and I like them very


The Stress of the Money Wars

A reader, who I will call Jane, wrote in recently with the following: I do NOT overspend. I work with a monthly budget, live very


The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Club Reboot Edition

After seeing the relative lack of discussion on the book club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, I’ve decided to check it at the


What Color Is Your Parachute? The Flower Diagram

This is the fifth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These


When a Few Small Pieces Make Your Job Miserable

I had a pair of long conversations with a friend of mine over the last week. He’s employed with an engineering firm and he’s largely


Review: The Dip

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development or personal productivity book. I’ve been an avid reader of Seth Godin’s blog for a long


December 2007 Review – Assets +2.3%, Debts -1.1%

Once again, it’s time for a monthly review of my finances. I generally break things down by evaluating my assets and my debts (which together


The Value of Cultural Literacy

I confess to not being much of a football fan, yet quite often on a weekend, if I’m busy with some task in the family


When Is Frugality Stealing?

In response to my post, When Is Frugality Too Much Frugality?, the following comment was left: Trent, I’d say you missed the whole point of


Review: Finding the Next Starbucks

A while back, I read Louis Navellier’s The Little Book That Makes You Rich, which was intended to serve as a simple introduction to growth


Practicing What You Preach

Recently, a dustup occurred in the New York Times, where a regular writer on personal finance topics, MP Dunleavey, bought a home on the spur


How Much Frugality Is Too Much Frugality?

I talk about frugality a lot on The Simple Dollar, both directly and through allusions in other posts. To me, frugality – in the form


Getting the Momentum Back

This morning, I woke up and returned to work for the first time since December 21 – and I really, really didn’t want to go.


The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Caucus Edition

As many of you know, I live in Iowa, so tomorrow night my wife and I will be participating in the caucusing process. We’ve both


The Costs of Finding Love

My wife and I were extremely lucky. We found each other in high school, dated throughout college, and got married a few years after that


Dealing With A Bad Day Without Spending Money

In the “bad old days,” I used to respond to a bad day by spending money on something. The immediate perk of acquiring something new