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The Simple Dollar

When You Feel ‘Outclassed’ by the Financial Situation of Others, Consider This

I spend a fair amount of time each week reading personal finance books and websites and other materials in order to come up with strategies to employ in my own life that might eventually turn into

Need Some Money Motivation? Try the Buddy System

On and off over the years I’ve had gym buddies I could rely upon to keep me showing up for workouts even when my inner couch potato was itching for another hour of Netflix. Yet it never occurred to me
Trying to Time the Market? Missing Just a Handful of the Best Days Can Tank Your Returns

Trying to Time the Market? Missing Just a Handful of the Best Days Can Tank Your Returns

Advocates of buy-and-hold stock investing make a strong case as to why it can be disastrous for a novice investor to try to time the stock market. It’s been shown that frequent trading generates
Questions About Credit Scores, Account Security, Philosophy Books, TIPS, and More!

Questions About Credit Scores, Account Security, Philosophy Books, TIPS, 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. Divorce

The Fight for the Right to Repair: Why It’s Getting Harder to Fix Your Own Stuff

Major technology manufacturers have been making it increasingly difficult for the average person to repair the items they produce. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, it’s us consumers who

Connecting Money Management and Time Management

I’m going to share the gist of a conversation I had with a reader a couple of weeks ago. This reader, who I’ll call Tonya, agreed to let me share the gist of the conversation but not exact quotes, so

Friendships and the Financial Turnaround

Back when I was at the peak of my foolish spending days, I had a set of three good friends that I will call Manny, Moe, and Jack. The four of us got into a routine of going golfing after work at least

Chase Travel Portal Moves to Expedia: Now What?

Chase Ultimate Rewards has long been considered one of the most valuable rewards currencies available, and for good reason. Not only can you transfer Chase points to popular airline and hotel partners

Lifestyle Deflation and the ‘Low-Value’ Items in Your Life

Over the past few months, Sarah and I have cut several expenses out of our lives. We eliminated our cable bill. We switched auto insurance after doing a bit of shopping around, cutting our premium

How Delaying Retirement – Even by a Few Months – Can Help Erase a Savings Shortfall

I’ve made my fair share of investment blunders, such as buying individual stocks at high prices and panic selling them at low prices. I’ve also sat on cash for long periods of time because I was

Different People, Different Goals

Simple Dollar reader Jennifer pointed me toward this discussion thread on LinkedIn, in which a big group of people are complaining about the idea of financial independence. The discussion starts off

Credit FAQ: What’s the Difference Between a Charge-Off and a Collection?

The credit world is full of myths and misconceptions: Credit scores are used by employers. You only have one credit score. Closing credit card accounts can help your scores. All of these are

How to ‘Front Load’ Your Financial Choices to Avoid the Impact of Decision Fatigue

One simple phenomenon I’ve noticed over the years when it comes to my worst spending choices and financial decisions is that my worst decisions always happen late in the day. I’ve discussed this

Refinancing Your Mortgage to Pay Off Student Loans Sounds Tempting, but Use Caution

It’s hardly a secret or news flash that the student loan debt crisis in this country has reached epic proportions. For those who’ve lost track of just how bad things have gotten, here’s an update:

Questions About IRAs, AARP, Cancelled Debt, Streaming Video, 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. IRA after-tax

How to Get the Most Out of Your Employer Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)

Employee stock purchase programs – ESPPs for short – are powerful employee benefit programs that, when used correctly, offer what is essentially a guaranteed investment return of at least 17.6%. But

Illegal Things Landlords Do – and What You Can Do About It

I count myself lucky that I made it through four decades of life without a bad landlord story. Over the years, I’d heard countless tales from friends about their landlord nightmares, some of which

Principles

Back in February, I answered a reader mailbag question about principles, in which I said I was working on an article that was simply a list of the guiding principles in my life, both financial and

12 Things I’ve Bought from Secondhand Stores in the Last Year

One of my favorite tips to hammer home on The Simple Dollar is the value of shopping at secondhand stores. About a year ago – I think I started the note last November – I started keeping track of

Some Advice for When You’re Losing Motivation for Your Financial Plans

For the past ten days or so, two of my closest friends have been visiting Iceland together. They’ve shared some stunning pictures of hot springs, auroras, the city life of Reykjavik, and other things.