What Does It Mean to Be Rich?

If you wander by the personal finance section at your local bookstore, one of the first things you’ll notice is that a lot of books


The Zen State of Slog Work

The people that succeed at any job are the people who get the job done effectively, even if the work happens to be incredibly boring.


Reader Mailbag: Balancing Act

One of the interesting things in my own life as of late has been the tricky balancing act between my professional work and my personal


Teenagers and Careers

I’m going to go a bit off the beaten path here… Why Nerds Are Unpopular by Paul Graham is one of the most thought-provoking essays


The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: High Alert Edition

As I write this, Sarah is actually well past her due date without a baby arriving. She’s pretty uncomfortable at this point, but is keeping


Fifteen Great Websites That Saved Me Money

At the start of 2010, I decided to start an ongoing list of websites that directly saved me money with the intent of sharing that


A Friend to Buy for You

Annie writes in with an interesting story worth talking about a bit: I don’t like shopping for cars at all. I always get overly nervous


Who Judges You?

We’re all constantly being judged. People glance at us and form opinions about us. Our friends, our family, our vaguest associates all have ideas of


Reader Mailbag: The Trent Hamm FAQ

I receive so many questions about who I am, why I write this blog, and so on that I thought it might be worthwhile to


Review: The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing by Ben Stein and


Does a Motion-Activated Light Switch Save Money?

Paul writes in: I’ve really been enjoying your recent cost breakdown posts. I’m thinking about installing a few motion-activated light switches in my home and


What Do You Really Have to Lose?

This post goes out to all of the readers who are about to graduate from college (and from high school, for that matter) and are


The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 24, 2010

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


Why Do I Talk About Frugality?

Adam writes in: I’m not feeling the vibe from your recent posts about how to save a few pennies washing Ziploc bags. This won’t get


How Much Do You Really Save By Air-Drying Your Clothes?

When I was growing up, my mother always hung clothes out to dry, sometimes even in the winter. Where I currently live, there’s not really


Four Atypical Things to Do Before Buying a House

Most articles focus on the financial nuts and bolts of the things you should have in order before you consider buying a home. You’ve got


Reader Mailbag: Quicken

I started using Quicken 2010 recently. I like it. I don’t love it. It does enough frustrating things to sometimes make me not want to


What About Freezer Bags?

After seeing more than a hundred comments and several dozen emails about the rewashing Ziploc sandwich bags article from last weekend, I felt it was