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Reader Mailbag #7

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

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Born to Buy: Dissecting the Child Consumer

This is the ninth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

08.01.14
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The Art of Wearing Things Out

One of my favorite debates with my wife has to do with socks. I tend to wear my socks into oblivion – until they’re literally

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One Big Way to Get Intense About Financial Independence

You are going to be fired from your job this Friday. Read that statement again. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine if that

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Warren Buffett on Reputation

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” The above

04.16.08
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Personal Finance and Intrusion

I’m worried about my grandmother’s finances. She lives on Social Security and a small pension from the state, but if that were all there was

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Born to Buy: The Commercialization of Public Schools

This is the eighth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

09.19.14
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How Much Money Is “Walk Away From It All” Money?

Roger writes in with an interesting question: When you talk about “walk away from it all” money, how would you estimate that? I know it

09.17.14
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8 Energy Savings Tips For Your Computer

It only takes a few small adjustments in your routine to build up some significant energy savings, and one of the best places to start

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Things I Splurge On Edition

Yesterday, I mentioned a bit about my challenges with splurging on certain items, which led a few readers to email me and ask for more

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Born to Buy: The Virus Unleashed

This is the seventh discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

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Eight Personal Finance Regrets From the Past Year

Even though I research and write about personal finance every day, I still manage to make quite a few mistakes and poor choices in how

05.01.15
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Six Things I Think I Think After Filing Income Taxes

(Many apologies to the great Peter King, my favorite football writer, for the title of this article.) Just this morning, I finished up my income

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Reader Mailbag #6

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

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Born to Buy: Pester Power

This is the sixth discussion in a “book club” series on Born to Buy by Juliet Schor, which focuses on consumerism issues and young children.

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Sunday Conversation #1

For the next few Sundays, I’m going to post a conversation I’ve had with a person I know who has made interesting financial choices in

08.27.14
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How Important is Fuel Efficiency When Buying a Car?

Julia wrote in a few days ago with the following questions. My question is about cars, inspired in part by your post this morning. We

04.11.08
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Saving Money Versus Saving the World

Carrie (yes, that Carrie) writes in: How should we balance frugality with social/environmental responsibility? I could go to Amazon.com or Sam’s Club and buy all