By: SimpleDollar on September 5, 2008 - 2:22pm - Add new comment

Becky Budget by Hamden Alliance on Flickr!Whenever I leaf through a personal finance “workbook,” I usually wind up getting frustrated. Such workbooks provide “example budgets” and “recommended percentages” that completely miss the boat on the financial realities of most families. Why?

By: SimpleDollar on September 3, 2008 - 11:51am - Add new comment

Secret Garden I by Scoobymoo on Flickr!I get asked to review all sorts of crazy personal finance books, plans, programs, and schemes all the time, ranging from the reasonable to the completely outlandish.

For the most part, all of these programs share more or less the same content.

By: SimpleDollar on August 27, 2008 - 12:16pm - Add new comment

For years, I’ve been on a closed email list with a group of like-minded people who enjoy sharing internet links with amusing comments (think of an email version of fark or reddit). Lately, though, the list has been completely overrun by a group of about two or three people who have become completely obsessed with bargain hunting for stuff.

By: SimpleDollar on August 25, 2008 - 7:45pm - Add new comment

Good Times at CostCo by Orin Optiglot at Flickr!One of the biggest knocks against warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco is that you have to buy many items in large bulk quantities. The price per unit is low, but what exactly are you going to do with 36 rolls of toilet paper?

By: SimpleDollar on August 20, 2008 - 3:36pm - Add new comment

national_generic_peas by rstinnett on Flickr!As a rule of thumb, I think

By: SimpleDollar on August 19, 2008 - 2:03pm - Add new comment

cutting loose by SqueakyMarmot on Flickr!I hear from a lot of readers who avidly follow Dave Ramsey.

By: SimpleDollar on August 14, 2008 - 4:12pm - Add new comment

?This week, The Simple Dollar is taking a deeper look at five common personal finance debates.

Once a day or so, I’ll get a long email from someone pouring out the details of their personal finance situation. Quite often, they’ve reached an age where they’re starting to seriously worry about retirement and have realized that they’re way behind where they need to be.

By: SimpleDollar on August 12, 2008 - 2:17pm - Add new comment

?This week, The Simple Dollar is taking a deeper look at five common personal finance debates.

One of the most common questions I get asked about retirement plans is whether or not a person should be putting their money into a 401(k) or a Roth IRA for retirement. The answer isn’t as straightforward as it might seem.

By: SimpleDollar on July 30, 2008 - 6:54pm - Add new comment

A reader, Jimmy, wrote in with an interesting question recently.

Where do you come up with your ideas? I know you read a lot, but what do you read for personal finance ideas? Just the books you review?

I thought, in response to Jimmy’s question, that I’d list all of the materials I read regularly for ideas and inspirations for The Simple Dollar.

By: SimpleDollar on July 22, 2008 - 2:23pm - Add new comment

Smiling citrus couple by martinofranchi on Flickr!When my wife and I approached

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