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The Less You Need, the More You Have

The biggest mistake I’ve made in my adult life was convincing myself that I needed a lot of things. Sure, some of you might laugh

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Reader Mailbag: Disastrous Day

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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Pleasing Someone Else or Pleasing Yourself

I originally intended to include this email in tomorrow’s reader mailbag, but my response to this woman went on for so long that I felt

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Little Changes Edition

Over the next week, I’m going to be making several tiny changes to the site. There’s a good chance you won’t notice them at all,

02.08.11
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Does Home Photo Printing Really Save Money?

During the fall of 2010, I posted a series of articles on homemade Christmas gifts. Among these were personalized photo cards and stationery and photo

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The Power of Balanced Thinking

When I first started writing this article, it had a much more challenging title. I originally titled it The Power of Negative Thinking The problem

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Reader Mailbag: Super Weekend

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: The Power of Passive Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

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Is The Sunday Paper Still a Value?

At the start of 2011, I started an interesting experiment. I grabbed the first five Sunday papers of the year, clipped the coupons that I

10.08.14
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Frugally Planning a Summer Vacation

After my recent post on planning summer travel, I received a lot of emails from readers near the places we are planning on traveling to:

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #5

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

09.10.14
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Dinner With My Family #5: Burgers and Fries!

Veggie Burgers and Baked French Fries Yep, burgers and fries! Here’s a peek at my wife’s plate (she was handling some of the picture taking

02.03.11
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Saving IS Investing

One common question I get from readers appears in this type of email: Dear Trent, My husband and I are finally on the path to

09.17.14
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The Bedtime Routine

Every night before I go to sleep, I go through a pretty straightforward routine. I start at the bottom of the house in the laundry

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Reader Mailbag: January Resolution Review

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

01.31.11
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An Artist on the Side: Coppola on the Future of Artists and Artisans

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a great interview with Francis Ford Coppola over at the 99 percent. In this interview, Coppola talks about the

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Midwest Blizzard Edition

The Midwest got absolutely hammered with snow the last few days. The job of moving this snow would seem almost insurmountable if it weren’t for

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Experiences Trump Things

In a corner in my office on a single shelving unit rests a collection that I’ve been building for fifteen years, my board and card