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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Baby Food Edition

One of the big projects that I plan on tackling in the next few weeks is making individual baby food containers for my daughter by

09.17.14
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10 Ways To Earn Additional Income From Your Passion

Most people have a thing or two in their lives that they’re deeply passionate about. Perhaps it’s volunteer work or local politics, or maybe it’s

06.03.13
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The Why and How of a Household Inventory

One personal finance project that a lot of people overlook is the household inventory. It’s one of those “once in a great while” tasks that’s

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Chipping Away at the Paycheck to Paycheck Routine

Yesterday, a reader that I’ll call Susie contacted me with a long story about her family’s financial situation. Here’s an excerpt from near the end

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Reader Mailbag #1

After the unprecedented success of my open question thread, I’ve decided to start a weekly “reader mailbag” to handle a lot of the simpler questions

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Review: Cut to the Chase

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. Cut to the Chase was recommended to me by a friend of

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Financial Recovery Toolkit: 10 Tools I Used

A few days ago, I wrote about the details of my financial turnaround, going from a big mountain of credit card debt to enough financial

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Loss Aversion and Motivation: Using Your Natural Instincts To Get Ahead

Yesterday on my way to work, I was tuned into NPR’s Morning Edition and I overheard a story about two researchers using our natural instinct

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How I Turned That Ship Around

In April 2006, I came very close to a complete financial meltdown. I had five figures worth of credit card debt, a pile of bills,

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Review: Start Late, Finish Rich

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. As I’ve written before about David Bach’s books, you really only need to read one

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How Do I Spend My Time?

Perhaps the most frequent question I’m asked is how on earth do I find the time to do all of the stuff that I do

09.15.14
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Stock Market Is Down… Another Way To Think About It

On December 31, 2007, the S&P 500 closed at 1,468.36. Just two months later, on February 29, 2008, the S&P 500 closed at 1,330.63. That’s

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Crunch Edition

As I enter the final home stretch for my job, I’m incredibly busy preparing stuff for my replacement and getting all sorts of things finished

08.26.14
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“Freeganism” and the Limits of Frugality

Last week, while traveling for work, I had an opportunity during a schedule break to catch an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show, where she

03.04.08
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Planning a Kitchen Garden

For the first time in my adult life, I have adequate space for a real kitchen garden. We’ve got two boxed gardens in the back

03.03.08
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Financial Planning for Self-Employment: What’s Different?

As I move away from the standard paycheck-based income and into a self-employment status, I’ve begun to think seriously about how I need to plan

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Learning the Right Lessons from Your Mistakes

All of us regularly make mistakes in our lives – choices that seem like the right ones at the time, but later turn out to

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Review: Simple Prosperity

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development or personal productivity book. About two years ago, I went through a huge lengthy “green” streak,