08.06.09
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The Source of Frugal Misery

Kevin writes in: Your examples of how to live frugally make it sound like your life [is terrible]. Why are you sacrificing all happiness to

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When Should a Little Notion Get Big?

Several days ago, I made coq au vin and from-scratch French baguettes for dinner for my family. It took about three hours of work, all

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Buying Experiences in Your Twenties

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of advice that I would give high school graduates. Two children that I watched grow up

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Places to Follow Me Edition

I’ve been dabbling in a number of very genre-specific social networks as of late, ones that are designed to take real advantage of specific interests.

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The Simple Dollar Podcast #11: Networking with Value

The eleventh episode focuses on networking and building professional (and personal) relationships. How can you do this effectively? Total length: 8:30 Listen In! Other options

08.03.09
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How Much Do Taxes Matter To You?

Susan writes in: I feel so helpless as a taxpayer, watching the ridiculous directions the senate, house and president are taking my country. Being self-employed,

07.29.14
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Freezer and Fridge Hacks: Seven Ways to Maximize the Value of Your Refrigerator and Freezer

Your refrigerator/freezer combo is the biggest energy consumer among all of your appliances – seriously. It gobbles down around $100 in energy each year. Even

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Reader Mailbag #75

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: Get A Financial Life

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Lately, there have been a ton of good books targeting people in their twenties

08.03.09
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Enlightened Self-Interest

Jim writes in: You write all the time about just helping people and that it will somehow help you. I don’t see it. I understand

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The Simple Dollar Time Machine – August 8, 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

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The Total Money Makeover: Live Like No One Else

This is the twelfth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on

07.30.09
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How Low Can You Go? Potato-Peanut Curry

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled “How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes

09.05.14
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Rule #8: Take Care of Your Things.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a

09.17.14
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The Netflix Culture of Excellence

Yesterday, I stumbled across a brilliant presentation on Netflix’s corporate culture, via Jason Kottke’s website. The presentation did a brilliant job of outlining how Netflix

09.17.14
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The Short and Long Term Choices

For many people, junk food is a serious temptation. It helps them feel a sense of comfort. It provides a quick burst of flavor. It

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The Total Money Makeover: Build Wealth Like Crazy

This is the eleventh of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Never Give Up Edition

I’ve been a Cubs fan all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this season. The team has been an utter train wreck all