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The Sunday Afternoon Money Routine

Most Sunday afternoons, when my children are taking a nap, I spend about an hour taking care of regular tasks, many of which are directly

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Review: How to Invest $50-$5,000

One of the most frequent questions I see in emails and comments and in articles on other personal finance blogs is exactly how to invest

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Lying to Yourself About Money

First, a confession. I often lie to myself about my weight. I’m not obese, just a bit heavier than I’d like to be and heavier

11.01.07
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Revisiting The Happiness Scale

Several days ago, I wrote a lengthy review of Stumbling on Happiness, where I discussed the idea of a happiness scale: Take a set of

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Frugal and Prepared: Emergency Supplies

With the recent earthquake in California and the oncoming winter here in Iowa, I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss how to properly prepare

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Avoiding Boredom During A Financial Turnaround

One strong undercurrent of sentiment among commenters on this blog is that living a financially sensible lifestyle – spending far less than you earn, investing,

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The Ten Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Money and Life In The Last Year

A year ago today, The Simple Dollar began. At that time, I had figured out that I needed to always spend less than I make,

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The Eternal Question: Am I Doing The Right Thing?

About four or five times a week, a reader will send me a very extensive explanation of what they’re doing financially and simply ask me

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Twelve Tactics For Defeating the Starbucks Habit

Shannon writes in with the following lament: Is there any advice you can give for giving up the Starbucks addiction? I’ve slowly been gaining control

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My Five Greatest Financial Fears

Almost a year ago, I wrote five entries on my five biggest financial fears at the time. Here they are, one more time: My Biggest

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When Everyday Life Gets in the Way of Your Dreams

A reader wrote in with the following complaint: You write all the time about starting a side business and about chasing your dreams but it’s

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The Feeling You Get From A Coca-Cola Classic: How Advertising Tickles Your Wallet – And Five Ways To Fight It

Whenever I hear that phrase the feeling you get from a Coca-Cola Classic, my tongue tingles a bit and I can’t help but think, “Man,

10.13.07
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Dealing With Professional Exhaustion In A Financially Sensible Way

Sometime in the last month, one of my friends quit his job as an actuary for a large insurance company. He’s single, has a Ph.

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Selling My Future, One Dollar At A Time

Even though I have myself on a very healthy financial track, I’m still prone to the weakness of buying material goods. I think of things

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Ten Steps To Financial Success For A Minimum Wage Earner

There’s an individual who comments on The Simple Dollar (and a few other personal finance blogs) who identifies him- or herself as “Minimum Wage.” This

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How To Handle It When Life Kicks You In The Teeth

Eventually, it happens to everyone. Something unexpected and disastrous happens, leaving us with a giant medical bill or some other enormous expense. Maybe you wake

10.03.07
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Frugality Campaigning: How To Support Your Favorite Candidate Or Cause With Frugal Living

Please note that I am not endorsing or supporting any candidate or cause with this post. I use a few examples in here, but the

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Five Lessons My Friend’s Passing Taught Me

As I mentioned in yesterday’s morning roundup, a close friend of mine passed away over the weekend. I rushed back to my hometown area and