06.30.08
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A Clever Trick for Automatically Finding Deals You Want at Amazon

Lately, I’ve been working on my Christmas shopping list, trying to get (way) ahead of the curve. I have a lot of great ideas in

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Reader Mailbag #17

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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Review: The Renaissance Soul

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. When I was in college, I switched majors three

09.15.14
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Tips On How to Live a Frugal Life

As soon as people hear the word frugality, they often respond by saying “I don’t have time for that!” The perception is out there that

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Finding Inspiration for Financial Change

A while back, I wrote in detail about the longest night of my life, the night when I realized that I needed to change my

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My Book Writing Journey

A couple of days ago, I finished my first book and turned it in to my publisher. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it

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Review: Green with Envy

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. They’ve got vacation homes, backyard swimming pools, and three car garages. That’s what

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How to Maximize the Value of a Doctor’s Visit

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like going to the doctor. I had a few terrible experiences with who I still call

06.26.08
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You Can’t Buy Love

About two weeks ago, I did something incredibly stupid. Without even really thinking about it, I let my wife down. I made one of those

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Starting a Natural Collection

My wife and I are both natural collectors. As a young boy, I carefully collected thousands of baseball cards, spending my allowance each week on

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Crunch Time Edition

This week, I’m currently in the middle of crunch time for my book, with a strong deadline of July 1 to turn in a strong

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What Individual Stocks Would I Invest In for the Long Haul?

In the reader mailbag yesterday, I alluded to the idea that I would only buy individual stocks from companies that I was strongly familiar with

08.27.14
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The Economics of Children’s Birthday Parties

Recently, a young child that lives nearby (age six or so) had a large birthday party at his home for all the children on the

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Reader Mailbag #16

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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Review: Ready, Fire, Aim

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. One topic that doesn’t get nearly enough coverage on

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Giving Now Versus Giving Later: The Gospel of Wealth Versus Everyday Charity

We only have a limited amount of time on this wonderful Earth, and there are almost countless people around the globe who have far fewer

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Addiction and Personal Finance

I’ve watched one of my childhood heroes throw his life away to a methamphetamine addiction. I remember him surging with vitality, going to school full

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Finding Passive Income Sources for the Future: Four Potential Avenues I’m Evaluating

Lately, I’ve been looking at sources of passive income in order to bolster (and hopefully eventually replace) my current income. It is a fond dream