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

By: SimpleDollar on July 8, 2008 - 1:31pm - Add new comment

About once a week, I’ll get an email from a reader along the lines of this recent one from Leo:

I don’t know how to invest. I don’t know what to invest in. So I keep putting it off because I’m worried about messing it up. It’s ridiculous that this is all so complicated.

By: SimpleDollar on July 1, 2008 - 2:09pm - Add new comment

A while back, I wrote in detail about the longest night of my life, the night when I realized that I needed to change my financial situation. That night, the best answer didn’t come from me. It came from my infant son. When I looked at him, I knew I had to make some sort of change or else I wouldn’t be able to give him the wonderful future he deserved.

In short, he became my inspiration.

By: SimpleDollar on June 24, 2008 - 11:20am - Add new comment

We only have a limited amount of time on this wonderful Earth, and there are almost countless people around the globe who have far fewer opportunities for a pleasant life than we have. Thus, it’s natural for most people to eventually come to the conclusion that it’s quite important to share the wealth we’ve earned by sharing the resources we have with those that are less privileged in life. If we have an excess of resources while another person doesn’t have enough resources, it makes sense to share those resources.

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