03.22.12
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Resist the Temptations of Soda and Fast Food (81/365)

Soda and fast food are both convenient pick-me-ups that many people utilize for a sweetness fix or for getting rid of a case of the

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Reader Mailbag: Seedlings

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

03.21.12
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Share the Thought Process Behind Your Purchases (80/365)

One of the best experiences I’ve had lately has been shopping with my oldest child. He’s six going on seven, so he’s starting to take

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: March Madness Edition

I’m not talking about basketball. I’m talking about the weather. We’ve had six days in a row where the temperature peaked above 80 F in

03.20.12
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Segment Their Allowance (79/365)

Each week, my children receive a small allowance. It’s not tied to any chores; instead, it’s mostly a tool to teach them about money management.

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The Moral Instinct and Your Money

I recently came across a fascinating article from the New York Times by Steven Pinker called The Moral Instinct. The basic idea behind the paper

03.19.12
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Utilize Community Resources (78/365)

This past weekend, Sarah and I went on a long walk in the woods at a state park, checked out the restored birthplace of President

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Reader Mailbag: Trail Walking

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

03.18.12
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Go Outside (77/365)

Over the last week, I’ve mostly discussed indoor activities when discussing inexpensive ways to spend time with your family. Art projects? Usually inside. Reading? Usually

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Why Do It Yourself? Digging into the Value of DIY

A few days ago, I spent more than two hours dismantling and reassembling the guts of a toilet tank. There were some issues with flushing,

03.17.12
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Minimize Television Time (76/365)

Whenever I tell people about the family activities I’ve talked about over the last week – art projects, lots of reading, making your own crayons,

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #64

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.

03.16.12
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Read Together as a Family (75/365)

If there’s one thing our family has an abundance of, it’s books. Nearly every room in our home has a bookshelf in it, and most

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Making Money from a Passion

If you’re passionate about something, you can make money from it, because people will pay for passion. Sometimes, it’s enough to earn a living, and

03.15.12
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Turn Supplies You Have on Hand into Toys (74/365)

Whenever I watch my one year old at play, I can’t help but notice that there really are only a few requirements for entertaining him

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Reader Mailbag: Spring Break

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

03.14.12
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Make Your Own Playdough (73/365)

Our children have several small tubs of playdough, both the name brand Play-Doh and other brands of similar material, that they’ve received as gifts over

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

I consider the switches to and from Daylight Savings Time to be largely useless in the modern era. It disrupts sleep patterns, causes people who