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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Readjusting Sleep Edition

During the summer, Sarah and I tend to stay up until 11 or so, then sleep in until 7:30 or 8 AM (usually when the

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Financial Balance and the 80/20 Rule

One of the most fascinating things I’ve discovered since starting The Simple Dollar is the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle. Simply put,

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Frugality and the Idea of Work

This note from Phil left me thinking. You often talk about “frugality by the hour” and mention the hourly rate for doing something frugal. Like

09.19.11
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Saving Pennies or Dollars? Grinding Your Own Coffee

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning

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Reader Mailbag: School Mornings

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 Real Cost of Living

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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What Are Your Priorities?

A few weeks ago, I was reading a yet-to-be-released personal finance book. At one point in the book, the author suggested that I make an

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #37

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.

09.16.11
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The Meal Library

Sarah and I love to experiment when it comes to food. We’re constantly trying new things in the kitchen using new and different ingredients. However,

09.10.14
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Dinner With My Family #32: Butternut Squash Casserole

Butternut Squash Casserole Recipe Right now, our garden is providing us with a small mountain of butternut squash. We have more of it than we

09.15.11
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Saving Pennies or Dollars? Extra Costs of Lunch

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning

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Reader Mailbag: Adequate Sleep

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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Saving Pennies or Dollars? Failed Batches

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Friends Edition

In everyone’s life, friendships blossom and then other friendships fade into the background. You move. Your interests change. Your time availability changes. Things change. I

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Determining the Size of Your Emergency Fund

One common question I get from readers relates to the size of their emergency fund. Simply put, how big should it be? How much cash

09.13.11
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Frugality Won’t Make You Rich

Instead, it makes it possible for you to get rich. Lately, I’ve read statements in personal finance books where people claim that “frugality won’t make

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Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Soda

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning

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Reader Mailbag: Child Independence

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