02.21.13
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There Are Twenty Enjoyable Things I Could Be Doing Right Now. Why Not Do The Cheapest One?

That’s the thought I have pretty often when I have a few free hours on the weekends. I usually have a ton of things that

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What Is Your Logjam?

During the months leading up to our financial meltdown in April 2006, I knew that there were some serious financial problems brewing in our life.

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Reader Mailbag: The Calm Before the Storm

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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Investments, Taxes, and Worry

Johnny writes in: The one thing that has kept me from diving into investing is fear of taxes. Every time I read about taxes and

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Novel Editing Edition

You write a novel. You revise it. You think it’s really good. You get someone to help you edit it. They immediately point out a

02.19.13
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The Simple Dollar’s Education in Insurance

Up until now, I’ve only occasionally dealt with a major component of monthly finance: your insurance. If you’ve got a family, like me, you have

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Reader Mailbag: The Time Spent

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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Making Financial Independence a Part-Time Job

Carrie writes in: I’m a 23 year old single woman with a solid government job that pays reasonably well. I have quite a bit of

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #113

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.

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Three Drawbacks to the Dave Ramsey Plan

Carly writes in: I recently bought The Total Money Makeover on your recommendation and I’ve been enjoying it. It seems like a lot of your

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Reader Mailbag: Reading Lists

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

06.06.13
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Three Life Lessons About Life Insurance

Life insurance is a topic that has danced in and out of my life over the years. The Simple Dollar has even written a guide

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Streamlining Your Hobbies, Streamlining Your Money

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot of interests. Without skipping a beat, I can name off a dozen hobbies that

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Construction Progress Edition

Out of the window of my office, I’ve had the pleasure of watching an ongoing home construction project. The project has been ongoing for the

02.12.13
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Stomaching the Roller Coaster

Jane writes in: I think you’re giving bad advice to people when you tell them not to put everything in stocks or real estate when

06.14.17
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Our Guide to Car Insurance

Welcome to Car Insurance 101, your primer and guidebook for understanding and navigating the exotic territory of automobile insurance. My aim is to explain everything

06.21.16
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The Complete Guide to Life Insurance

Forbes’s LearnVest did a nationwide study on life insurance in America that showed 57% of respondents owned life insurance but only 28% were “extremely confident”

07.21.16
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The Complete Guide to Home Insurance

Anyone who’s bought a house or has shopped for one knows that homeowners insurance is a fact of life – some might call it a