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Spending Choices and Deeper Psychology

Christmas has always been a challenging time of the year for me. During various years, within a week or two on either side of Christmas,

12.21.09
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How Much Is Fuel Efficiency Really Worth?

Jim writes in with an interesting question: I’m in the market for a late model used car. I’ve narrowed my desired model down to a

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Reader Mailbag #94

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: Crush It!

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a book of interest not directly connected to personal finance. I’m a big believer in following your passions,

12.20.09
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15 Things to Have in Your Car This Winter

As Christmas approaches, my wife and I will be doing quite a bit of driving to visit various people for the holiday season. With winter

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The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 19, 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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Personal Finance 101: What Is Social Capital?

Building Relationships and Gaining Social Capital Almost immediately after yesterday’s post about frugality and personal value went up, a reader asked me a question via

12.18.09
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Frugality and Your Sense of Value

Earlier this week, I offered up a post detailing how I wrap Christmas gifts, utilizing brown paper and yarn. The response was mixed – some

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The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good

Everyone’s done it. We start out with some fantastic goal in mind. I’m going to save up for a down payment in three years. I’m

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Living off Capital

Philip Brewer is perhaps my favorite personal finance blogger. I thoroughly enjoy his writings and I’ve told him so in the past. A few months

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Investment Options For The Intermediate-Term

… you might make some general progress, but when you finally come close to the target, it will be very difficult for you to hit

12.16.09
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15 Uses for Incredibly Inexpensive White Vinegar

One of the best bargains in your local grocery store is plain old white vinegar. You can get a 32 ounce jug of it (half

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Santa Question Edition

Several readers have asked me whether or not my children believe in Santa Claus. The answer is simple: yes, they do, but without active encouragement

12.15.09
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How I Wrap Gifts, Christmas and Otherwise

Melanie writes in: Between the wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, tags, and other things, I’ve often spent $20-25 on just wrapping the gifts at Christmastime. This

12.15.09
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Eight Tactics for Dealing with Professional Burnout

Carlos writes in: I’ve been working at the same job for the last six years. I used to love it but lately I’ve started dreading

12.14.09
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Is Your Money Distinguishable from Your Parents?

A few years ago, an old friend of mine bought a fantastically expensive home, far larger and with higher quality furnishings than the home I

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Reader Mailbag #93

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: Influence

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a book of interest not directly concerning personal finance. One of the most profound lessons I’ve learned about