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Why Does Spending Cheer You Up? How To Break That Connection.

Retail therapy is a real thing. I’ve felt it, and most likely you’ve felt it, too. You’re in a down mood. You’re unhappy about some aspect of your life, or perhaps just feeling glum all over. Your solution? You go buy something. In my case, I’m very likely to go to a bookstore or a board game store. Show More Summary

What Would You Like To Do?

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you had the whole day free today, and you could just call up any friends you wanted and they’d come over – or you can stay alone if you prefer. What would you do today? Some people might list some sort of fun activity – maybe a solo activity, or maybe one with a group. Show More Summary

How to Build a Really Effective and Meaningful Home Exercise Routine You’ll Actually Want To Do

I’m not going to slice and dice it: If you want to get into good physical shape, the best way to do it is to get a gym membership and hire a personal trainer who will cultivate a plan for your fitness and stay on top of you to make sure that you achieve that plan. Show More Summary

Digital Detox: How and Why to Recharge Your Mind With an Unplugged Weekend

On a recent Saturday, I had quite an odd morning. I woke up, reached for my phone to check my email, but stopped myself before grabbing it. I got out of bed and instinctively reached for the Fitbit on my nightstand, but then stopped myself. Show More Summary

Site Redesign Announcement

We love personal finance, and we know that you do, too! That’s why we’re proud to announce a new look for The Simple Dollar, which was designed with you in mind. The redesigned website gives you all of the personal finance information, resources, and tools you love in an easy-to-use format. Show More Summary

How (and Why) to Build a House Book

A week or so ago, I shared an article about my friend’s sudden heart attack. The positive feedback and comments via email and social media was tremendous, with countless kind words for my friend, his family, and myself, and all were appreciated. Show More Summary

Christmas Gifts That Matter: Buying for People in Tough Times

Every November and December we’re bombarded with gift-giving options. However, such ads generally focus on people who are doing just great, thankyouverymuch. When was the last time you saw a marketing campaign aimed at people who are:...Show More Summary

The Power of Good Relationships and Thoughts on Building and Maintaining Them

A few months ago, a friend of mine was reflecting about finishing up his masters degree in social work. He wasn’t so much worried about finding a job, but more concerned that he was really considering all of the opportunities available to him. Show More Summary

FICO vs. VantageScore: What’s the Difference?

Since 1989, FICO credit scores, those developed by Fair Isaac, have been commercially available for lenders to use in their risk assessment processes – to help them approve and deny applications. VantageScore credit scores, meanwhile – developed by VantageScore Solutions – have been commercially available for lenders since 2006. Show More Summary

Questions About Passive Investing, Credit Cards, Rice Cookers 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. Financial success and unsure footing 2. Advice on buying a smartphone 3. Show More Summary

Seven Tips When Filing a Wildfire Homeowners Insurance Claim

Wildfires have been raging in the Western United States, wreaking more than $10 billion in damage and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. But long after the fire season has ended, some owners of damaged homes are likely to find themselves waiting to have their dwellings repaired or rebuilt. Show More Summary

Save Your Finances (and Maybe Even Your Marriage): Invite Your Partner on a Money Date

Nearly half (44%) of married couples in the United States have fought about money in the past year, according to the recent “Marriage and Money” survey from TD Ameritrade. And at least one study has found that early arguments about money are a top predictor of divorce down the road. Show More Summary

Putting It Down on Paper: A Look at 12 Goal-Oriented Paper Planners

A few months ago, I mentioned that I had been using a goal-oriented paper planner for a while in order to reflect on my daily progress toward various goals in my life. I had tried several in my quest to find one that really clicked with...Show More Summary

This Often Overlooked Credit Card Perk Could Save You Money This Holiday Season

What happens when you find a purchased item for a lower price later? With some credit cards, you may receive a refund thanks to free price protection. The post This Often Overlooked Credit Card Perk Could Save You Money This Holiday Season appeared first on The Simple Dollar.

Personal Finance and the Flood of News and Information

Last week, for a full seven days, I tried an experiment. It’s basically something I’ve described before on the site – a media diet where I intentionally avoided almost all sources of “news” and instead stuck to books and offline games and physical activity for entertainment. Show More Summary

How to Set Meaningful Financial and Frugal Goals for Yourself

Many people – myself included – like to use the month of December as a time to reflect on personal goals, both the ones that we’ve been working on throughout the year as well as ones that we might embark on in the future. Most years,...Show More Summary

Uber Visa Card Review: Up to 4% Back and No Annual Fee

If you’re looking for a new cash-back card that offers more bang for your buck than other cards on the market, you should check out the new Uber Visa Card. Launched earlier this year, the Uber Visa card offers a surprisingly high rate of cash-back rewards in popular categories like travel and dining out. Show More Summary

Here’s How the GOP Tax Plan Might Save (or Cost) You Money

The House of Representatives passed a monumental tax bill in November, and now the Senate has passed its own version — by a 51-49 vote around 2 a.m. Friday night. The two chambers are meeting this week to hammer out their differences before teeing up the legislation for the president’s signature. Show More Summary

When a Friend Falls

A couple of weeks ago, just before Thanksgiving, one of our family’s closest friends was standing in his home. He had just spoken to his wife and was standing there for a moment when, all of a sudden, he collapsed to the floor. His heart had stopped. Show More Summary

Card Skimmer Scams Are on the Rise – Here’s How to Avoid Them

Card skimming is a devious, clever, and increasingly common form of criminal activity. The latest data from FICO showed a 70% rise in the amount of credit and debit cards being compromised in the past year. Skimmers are tiny devicesShow More Summary

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