Review: After the Darkest Hour

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. When I was a young boy, my grandmother passed


How to Stay Productive No Matter Where You Are

Over the past month, I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling – family-related trips, vacations, and so on. That basically means that I’ve been


The Personal Finance Secrets “They” Don’t Want You to Know About

I get asked to review all sorts of crazy personal finance books, plans, programs, and schemes all the time, ranging from the reasonable to the


How to Avoid the Trap of Splurging as a Reward for “Being Good”

Before I got control over my spending, I used to splurge all the time on small things that I wanted. I’d buy a new book


Everything’s So Easy for Pauline

My father has the most innate, natural grasp of mathematics of anyone I’ve ever known. He can’t tell an equation from Greek, but when you


Your Child’s College Education Fund

One question I often get from new and expectant parents is how much they should be saving each month for their child’s college education. Obviously,


Overspending on Gifts? 6 Things to Think About

One of my readers related a story to me over a long conversation that, rather than posting a bunch of long quotes, I’m going to


Nine Things to Do When the Going Gets Tough

Every once in a while, I get an email from a reader that rips my heart out. Through a long series of choices and decisions


The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Review Changes Edition

After listening to feedback and my own changing interests, I’ve decided to change how I do book reviews on The Simple Dollar. Instead of reviewing


Why Buying Things on Sale is an Awful Way to Save

For years, I’ve been on a closed email list with a group of like-minded people who enjoy sharing internet links with amusing comments (think of


The Retirement Perspective

Lois had an interesting question about retirement: I asked if, by calculating our monthly expenses, we could multiply that by 200, and if that would


Is a Positive Attitude Enough?

Yesterday, Carrie made a very interesting comment in response to my review of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This:


Reader Mailbag #25

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


Review: I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or business/entrepreneurship book of interest. I’m lucky in that I’ve never been truly dissatisfied


Personal Finance 101: Money Market Accounts Versus Normal Savings Accounts

Kathleen writes in with a good question: A lot of personal finance books I read suggest putting your savings – especially stuff like emergency funds


When Should You Downgrade Your Car Insurance?

One of the common nuggets of financial “wisdom” tossed out there by personal finance writers is the idea of downgrading one’s car insurance to save


Starting a Bulk-Buying Co-op with Your Friends, Family, and Neighbors

One of the biggest knocks against warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco is that you have to buy many items in large bulk quantities.


Review: Financial Infidelity

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest. Financial infidelity – in other words, the situation in which dishonesty creeps into