09.29.10
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Vocation, Career, and Job

Vocation. Career. Job. Three different things that so often seem to overlap in our minds. However, when we let them overlap, we lose something valuable

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Reader Mailbag: The Millennium Trilogy

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

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HealthMonth, Your Month

Recently, a good friend of mine convinced me to sign up for HealthMonth, a website that aims to turn the self-motivation needed to improve one’s

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Family Nervousness Edition

A cousin of mine that I care for very much is coming to visit for several days next week, with her two sons in tow.

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Buying with Confidence

A few weeks ago, in the July 2010 issue of Bon Appétit, Andrew Knowlton succinctly summed up the way I feel about trusted and untrusted

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Beginning Investors: Costs of Investing Can Be Painful

I’m going to make a little illustration about investments using the stock of Verizon (VZ) as an example. On September 18, 2009, a share of

09.27.10
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A Simple Story About a Jar of Pickles

This isn’t a blockbuster post, just a simple story that illustrates how frugality runs through many aspects of our life. When I was young, my

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Reader Mailbag: Sick Daughter

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

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Review: Confessions of a Butcher

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I didn’t expect that I would like this book. A

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The Value of the Golden Rule

Brian writes in: You write in all the time about the “value of building community.” I think that’s pointless. If you want to succeed, you

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How to Organize and Host a Gaming Evening

As I’ve mentioned before on The Simple Dollar, one of our favorite social activities is to host a “game night” with several of our friends.

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The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 25, 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

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Homemade Gift Series #2: Homemade Soap

How to Safely Make High Quality Hand-Crafted Soaps Let’s just start this one off with two big, giant warnings! Warning #1 Making soap at home

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The Incredible Value of the Local Library

As I’ve said before many (many) times, the local public library is the single biggest entertainment value available to you. Unlimited books, DVDs, CDs, audio

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13 Best Finance Books Worth Reading

Every week, I review a different book on The Simple Dollar (those reviews appear on Sunday afternoons, for those who are new to the site).

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Reader Mailbag: Reader Music Recommendations

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

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Running in Place? 14 Ways to Break Free

When we set big, lofty goals for ourselves, it’s really easy to find ourselves at a plateau of sorts, where it feels like we’re spinning

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Doctor Who Edition

The only television programming I have watched in the last three weeks is Doctor Who. I’m not sure what exactly that says about me. Anyway,