The Simple Dollar is a site for those of us who need both cents and sense: people fighting debt and bad spending habits while building a financially secure future and still affording a latte or two. Our busy lives are crazy enough without having to compare five hundred mutual funds – we just want simple ways to manage our finances and save a little money.

MeWho are you?
My name is Trent Hamm, and in April 2006, I went through a complete financial meltdown (read my “financial biography” here). I threw myself head first into trying to figure out every nuance of fixing my financial situation, and after a few months I began to get the picture. Within eight months, I had paid off all of my credit card debt, paid off my vehicle, and also established an emergency fund. Since I have a passion for writing, I established this blog near the end of 2006 to tell the world about what I had learned and help people who were struggling with the same things.

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I have a tendency to make a lot of pop culture references (and sometimes highly obscure ones) in my writing. I can’t help it, it’s what I do. I recommend using Google when you’re confused. Also, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is pretty much required viewing; since it is one of my favorite movies since my childhood and is loaded with potential reference points, references to it come fast and furious.

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