Prolonging the Inevitable

Mitchell writes in: Currently, we have around $100,000 in credit card debt and we’re having a very hard time making the interest payments. How can


Gift Registries: Tactics and Good Taste

A few days ago, I received an interesting email from a person I vaguely knew from college. This person “rediscovered” me via The Simple Dollar,


12 Ways My Wife Quietly Makes Our Life Work

Quite often on The Simple Dollar, I’ll discuss some aspect of my personal finance life and I’ll say that “I” did this or that “I”


15 Ways to Get Started on Snowflaking

One of the best personal finance articles I’ve ever read is Snowflaking: A Primer, at I Paid For This Twice Already. Here’s an excerpt so


Personal Finance and The Black Swan

Recently, I’ve been reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book The Black Swan. Most of the book has to do with economics and mathematics and is not


The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bringing Back the Book Club Edition

After chatting with a few readers lately, I’ve been thinking about trying the “book club” concept again, where a single book is discussed in detail


The Simple Dollar Podcast #2 – The Fulfillment Curve

The second episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on the fulfillment curve. I talk about my own battles with overdoing it and finding a


Personal Finance 101: The Cost of Your Time

When I first began to recover from debt, I sold off a large portion of my DVD collection. For a few items – box sets


Reader Mailbag #66

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: Who’s Got Your Back

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or entrepreneurship book. It’s no secret to long-time readers of The Simple Dollar


Saving Psychology from The Economist

Recently, while digging through the magazines in our magazine rack, I came across the May 16, 2009 issue of The Economist. The Economist is my


Buying Something to Force Yourself Into a New Behavior Doesn’t Work: New Rules for a New Routine

Several people I know have a treadmill in the garage or basement of their home. They bought it with great visions in their head of


The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 6, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is


Living and Saving in the Moment

My three year old son loves to go to the grocery store with Mom and Dad. He wanders around with us, listening to our discussions


How to Organize and Host a Frugal Block Party

One of the biggest reasons I like living where I do is that two or three times a summer, someone hosts a block party. The


Building Your Career, One Brick at a Time

A career is like a brick wall. If it’s built well, from a collection of bricks that fit well together and are thoughtfully put in


Using Consumer Reports to Assemble Your Grocery List

Long time reader Bob writes in: I like reading all of your suggestions about making a grocery list and searching for bargains. My technique is