By: SimpleDollar on September 29, 2008 - 6:48pm - Add new comment

Me finishing Chicago Marathon by rbackowski on Flickr!Whenever I write about how I organize my life, I usually get several comments and emails from individuals who lament their lack of energy. “I get tired just reading that task list!” is a common thing that I hear.

By: SimpleDollar on September 22, 2008 - 6:23pm - Add new comment

Worried and solitarian by pedrosimoes7 on Flickr!Most people have some degree of financial concern in their lives. How will I pay the bills? What will happen if I’m suddenly injured and unable to work? What if I lose my job?

I’m in the same boat.

By: SimpleDollar on September 18, 2008 - 12:31pm - Add new comment

Recently, I happened to be leafing through Elizabeth Warren’s worthwhile personal finance book, All Your Worth, when I stumbled across an interesting statement on page 244: “If things get really tight and you don’t have enough to cover all your expenses, pay the most important bills first.”

By: SimpleDollar on September 15, 2008 - 6:04pm - Add new comment

Bill writes in:

I keep reading tons of stuff about asset allocation and how you need to diversify your investments. Is it really that big of a deal?

In short, just starting a Roth IRA or a 401(k) or an investment account isn’t enough. If you merely open that account, pick a few default investments, and start throwing money at it, you’re doing far better than the average bear, but you’re still leaving money on the table.

By: SimpleDollar on September 8, 2008 - 8:10pm - Add new comment

Amanda writes:

After taking a serious re-evaluation of my life over the last year, I finally realized what I should be doing with it. I want to be a nurse. I attended college several years ago, but I majored in English Lit and didn’t finish my degree. How can I plan for this financially?

By: SimpleDollar on September 5, 2008 - 1:22pm - 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 - 10:51am - 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 - 11:16am - 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 - 6:45pm - 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 - 2:36pm - Add new comment

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

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