By: SimpleDollar on December 1, 2008 - 2:15pm - Add new comment

Many of you out there reading this are hurting.

The economic news is grim, and even though I believe the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, that doesn’t change the stark reality of things.

Most of us have lost a large swath of our retirement savings in the last year. My overall retirement savings has gone down about 30% over the past thirteen months, even with late 2007 and 2008 contributions.

By: SimpleDollar on November 24, 2008 - 10:29am - Add new comment

'Not the Same Old Grind' Coffee Shop by Mark Warner on Flickr!I’m writing this article in a coffee shop, one that I hadn’t set foot in for several months. I’m sipping on a big cup of chai - and it tastes great.

By: SimpleDollar on November 17, 2008 - 5:15pm - Add new comment

edvard munch - the scream 1893 by oddsock on Flickr!Four or five times a day, I get an email from a reader who is worried about some absolutely apocalyptic prediction about what will happen to the global economy over the next several years.

By: SimpleDollar on November 10, 2008 - 7:52pm - Add new comment

Day 113 - A Clean Sweep by Menage a Moi on Flickr!For a long time, my wife and I have discussed hiring a local housecleaning service, but never pulled the trigger (mostly because of our “cheap” sensibilities).

By: SimpleDollar on November 5, 2008 - 2:53pm - Add new comment

suitcases.jpg by Phineas H on Flickr!Over the weekend, my parents came to visit. At one point, we were talking about the experiences I had during my college days, and they mentioned that when I would move in and out of the dormitories, it would require a pickup truck to move all of the stuff.

By: SimpleDollar on October 27, 2008 - 7:46pm - Add new comment

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a fellow in his early sixties who has already retired. He had been self-employed his entire life.

By: SimpleDollar on October 20, 2008 - 6:42pm - Add new comment

Choice by anyjazz65 on Flickr!Whenever you make the choice to spend money on something, you’re actually making other choices as well.

I choose to “dress for success” by buying this expensive suit.
I also choose to have large credit card bills.

By: SimpleDollar on October 15, 2008 - 11:57am - Add new comment

The Storm by aussiegall on Flickr!As I write this, the stock market has just completed the single best day in its history. This follows the worst week in its history, in which the market lost approximately 20% of its value (depending on the indicator you use).

By: SimpleDollar on October 13, 2008 - 9:44pm - Add new comment

branches in the lake by uberculture on Flickr!Imagine, just for a moment, that you find yourself on a desert island with just you and four or five of your closest friends and relatives - the people you care about the most in this world.

By: SimpleDollar on October 10, 2008 - 10:07am - Add new comment

New Home by A.K. Photography on Flickr!During the summer of 2007, my wife and I purchased our first home. We spent tons of time doing homework and we are still very happy with our purchase, but as first time home buyers, there were simply some things that we didn’t fully understand that fell through the cracks during the process.

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