06.30.12
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Swap Your Used DVDs, CDs, and Books Online (181/365)

For years, I’ve been trading books online using PaperBackSwap. It’s such a wonderful service that’s fueled a lot of my reading over the past five

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #80

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.

06.29.12
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Shop for Used CDs, DVDs, and Books (180/365)

Everyone who has read The Simple Dollar for long knows that I’m an avid reader. I will read multiple books in a typical week. Because

06.28.12
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Free and Inexpensive Things to Do in South Dakota

Recently, I took a weeklong vacation to South Dakota with my wife, my children, and my parents. As always on such trips, Sarah and I

06.28.12
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Dig Through Your Media Collection (179/365)

As we were getting ready for our last move, Sarah and I boxed up most of our DVD collection. It fit pretty nicely into a

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Reader Mailbag: Audio and Distractions

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

06.27.12
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Start a Natural Collection (178/365)

When we were recently vacationing in South Dakota and Wyoming, Sarah and I spent a lot of time looking at rocks. We would walk along

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Office Art Edition

My office is slowly being decorated with art from my children. It started simple. I had a Post-It note on my computer screen from my

06.26.12
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See What Your Local College or University Has to Offer (177/365)

One of my favorite things about college was the public lectures and presentations by interesting people. During my years, I heard fascinating talks from scientists

06.25.12
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Using Group Travel to Save Money

Last week, I traveled with my wife, my children, and my parents to South Dakota and Wyoming for several days. (I’m planning an article later

06.25.12
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Have a Money-Free Weekend (176/365)

I used to truly relish the weekends in my life. I would get off work at 4:30 or so on a Friday afternoon and just

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Reader Mailbag: Music You Once Loved

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

06.15.12
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Check Out the Library – Not Just for Books (175/365)

The public library is my single favorite “free” resource in my community. In fact, I value it so much that I actually posted a visual

06.15.12
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How Much Are Family-Friendly Benefits Worth?

If your employer came to you and said, “In exchange for a 20% pay cut, you can work from home,” would you do it? If

06.05.14
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Stop By Your Town’s Visitor’s Center (174/365)

A few summers ago, my family and I were on a driving vacation when our vehicle broke down in a pretty small town in Minnesota.

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #79

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.

06.15.12
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Read the Local Newspaper (173/365)

One of my routines when I visit the grocery store is to stop by the entrance where there are a bunch of free newspapers available

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Revisiting The Longest Night

“It’s kind of funny…the moments on which life hinges. I think growing up you always imagine your life–your success–depends on your family and how much