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The Simple Dollar

The Battle Against Scarcity

When I was growing up, money was scarce. My father worked in a factory some of the time and my mother was a stay-at-home mom, so even when he was working there wasn’t a ton of money, and when he was

Why This Professor Says College Is a Waste of Money

In our increasingly uncertain world, there’s still one thing almost everyone seems to agree on: the value of a college degree. In the modern economy, it’s seen as a given that we should bear almost

What Are the Worst Credit Cards of 2018?

Sometimes card issuers get everything right when they dream up a new credit card and benefit package, but sometimes they get it so wrong it’s almost laughable. In fact, there are some credit cards and

Questions About Books, Dogs, Stress, Video Games, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Medical debt

Can’t Afford a Bankruptcy Attorney? This Nonprofit Might Be Able to Help

If your medical or credit card debt is so crushing that your best debt repayment efforts can’t seem to make a dent, it might be worth considering bankruptcy. It’s something of a last resort, but

Some Thoughts on Home Ownership after 10 Years

A little over 10 years ago, Sarah and I moved into the home that our family has lived in ever since. Back then, we had one toddler and another baby on the way; today, we have three children, two of

What Value Are You Really Getting?

The other day, Sarah and I were coming home from visiting some friends in another state. Typically on a road trip, we plan ahead a little and pack sandwiches and beverages for a meal on the road or in
The Wisdom of Frugality – Final Thoughts

The Wisdom of Frugality – Final Thoughts

This is the last entry in an eight part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. If you’re new to the series, feel free to hop back to the

When Whole Life Insurance Doesn’t Last Your Whole Life

When you see the term “permanent life insurance,” does that lead you to believe that it will cover you for your entire life? That’s an honest mistake, but a potentially costly one. “Permanent life

Revisiting the Last Little Bit in the Container

Tubes of toothpaste. Bottles of shampoo. Soap dispensers. All of these things are easy to use at first when they’re full, but eventually they empty out, leaving just a bit of the soap or paste inside.

Are You Checking Your Credit Reports Often Enough?

Trying to earn and maintain healthy credit without checking your credit reports is like trying to lose weight without ever stepping on the scale. Your odds of success are much better if you’ll take

When Your Career Is Comfortable, But You Yearn for a Change

You’re at a job that’s comfortable and secure and, frankly, fairly easy in many ways. There might be a few elements that you don’t really like, but for the most part, it’s fine. Here’s the catch,

Single Parent Finances: Six Tips to Find Financial Success When It’s All on You

During your most challenging, stressful, and uncertain moments, being a single parent can seem like the craziest financial decision you’ve ever made. I’m talking about those moments when you’re

Questions About 401(k) Matching, Book Recommendations, Educational Savings, Trade Schools, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Saving to

The Investment Riskometer

When it comes to investing your hard-earned money, you obviously want it to grow. That’s really the whole point of investing as opposed to keeping it in the bank. But you also know that investing
Five Home Improvements Worth a Discount on Your Homeowners Insurance

Five Home Improvements Worth a Discount on Your Homeowners Insurance

As a homeowner, the process of renovating, remodeling, and upgrading your property to create your own private corner of paradise can be an expensive hobby. The silver lining however, is that some
Inspiration from Mario Quintana, Toni Morrison, J.J. Watt, and More

Inspiration from Mario Quintana, Toni Morrison, J.J. Watt, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Mario

The Magic System for Getting Out of Debt and Building Wealth Quickly!

Whenever I’m on a road trip and I don’t happen to have an audiobook or a podcast available, I’ll spin the radio dial and listen for something interesting. I actually really like local radio shows that

How to Get TSA Precheck or Global Entry Free with a Credit Card

Even the best airports make you wait in line; those who fly have no choice but to show up and go through the motions to get to their gate. The process often starts with a long, boring wait to check in
The Wisdom of Frugality: The Environmentalist Case for Simple Living

The Wisdom of Frugality: The Environmentalist Case for Simple Living

This is the seventh entry in an eight-part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. If you’re new to the series, feel free to hop back to the