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Wealth, Purpose, and the Idea of “Enough”

I’ve recently been enjoying The One Thing, a very thoughtful time and goal management book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. While I came away from the book with several very good ideas for time and goal management, there was one quote on page 142 that just stood out to me like a beacon of […]

Ten Lessons, Ten Years

It was roughly ten years ago that I launched The Simple Dollar. It wasn’t a smooth rollout, so pointing to a single day as “launch day” is tough, but late October to mid November 2006 is a pretty good timeframe for the launch of the site. Let’s roll back the clock a little to see […]

12 Tactics for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Meal

During Thanksgiving week, both my wife’s extended family and my extended family host a Thanksgiving dinner with untold numbers of side dishes, leaving everyone feeling absolutely stuffed afterwards from the huge delicious meal. As everyone cleans up and then retreats to the living room in a turkey coma, something I can’t help but observe is […]

Why Save for Retirement If You Have Social Security?

Dana asks a great question: My husband and I are in our early forties. Our house is paid off in the last year and we have no other debts. However, we do not have much saved for retirement. This was something that has been worrying us. But then we took a look at a Social […]

Handling Stress Without Undoing Financial Progress

During the last year, my wife has made the choice to get her masters degree in order to not only improve her professional skills but also increase her range of employment opportunities and income. I’m glad that she’s doing it and I’m fully supportive of her doing so. We can afford to pay for this […]

31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 10): Trimming Your Spending – Utilities

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we started looking at the average American family budget, going through each category and examining how one could trim the cost of typical expenses in that […]

Addicted to Spending? Here’s How to Become a ‘Recovering Spender’

Imagine waking up every day with an insatiable urge to shop. The second you get a chance, you check the racks and sales, desperate for the perfect gift, the perfect blouse, or anything to make your shopping trip worthwhile. As you leave the store with a bag full of stuff, you’re over the moon with […]

The Disney Savings Account: Is There a Better Way to Save for Your Dream Vacation?

Excerpt from the simple dollar: While there’s no denying that Disney vacations are expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money on your trip. Stay in an off-site condo instead of a hotel, for example, and you can make your own meals while scoring a lower nightly rate. Use credit card rewards to book your hotel […]

Nine Employers That Will Help You Pay Off Your Student Loans

When searching for a new employer, most people look at the full package of benefits they’ll get in return. How much will your new salary or hourly rate be, and will you have paid vacation, health insurance, and dental? After those considerations, things like company culture, long-term career objectives, and your daily commute come into […]