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Guanxi: Thoughts on Building Relationships for Professional and Personal Success

Over the years, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have some great friends from other cultures. Back in the late 1990s, I was lucky enough to have my time on this earth overlap with a wonderful guy from China, a guy whose laughter could...Show More Summary

The Art of the ‘Dump Meal’: Nine Super-Simple Ways to Get Maximum Efficiency and Value from a Slow Cooker

One of the most efficient ways for a family to save money is to simply eat meals at home as often as possible. Feeding three or four or five people with take-out or at restaurants all the time becomes quickly expensive, even if you choose...Show More Summary

Disaster Relief: How to Assist from a Distance

You may be following the news of recent natural disasters from thousands of miles away, wondering what you can possibly do to help. If so, rest assured that the effectiveness of your charitable donations doesn’t necessarily decrease with distance. Show More Summary

The Most Efficient, Science-Based Way to Learn and Memorize Practically Anything

For the first 28 years of my life, I thought there was only one way to memorize information: brute force repetition. If my schooling taught me anything, it was that the way to do well on tests was to make detailed notes and then read them until your eyes bled. Show More Summary

The Double-Edged Sword of Financial Friction

The other day, I was at a home brew supply store. I had stopped in to simply buy some bottle caps with which to cap individual bottles of my most recent batch of home brew. Such a purchase would just cost a couple of dollars. While I was in there, I found myself admiring their refreshed sale table – items that were on discount. Show More Summary

Nine Easy Bean Recipes to Save Time and Money

When it comes to cheap meal staples that work for nearly any budget and dining style, it’s hard to beat beans. Whether you crave comfort food, ethnic dishes, or one-pot meals, you’ll find a ton of recipes that feature different beans as the star. Show More Summary

Getting Through the ‘Sandwich Years’

A few days ago, I was listening to the always enjoyable Talk of Iowa program on our local public radio station. They were having a discussion about growing old in Iowa, covering the fact that Iowa is considered the second best state to grow old in. Show More Summary

Here’s How Credit Scoring Actually Works

Love them or hate them, good or bad, your credit scores are going to wield considerable influence over you for the rest of your life. You cannot change the fact that others are going to use your credit scores to judge you. However, you can use that knowledge to your advantage. Show More Summary

Questions About Whole Foods, Dumpster Diving, Spices, Health Insurance, 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. What’s next for investing money? 2. Dumpster diving for cash? 3. Show More Summary

Is a Disney Credit Card Right for You?

An in-depth look at the Disney credit cards and their rewards programs. Disney has two credit cards offering big savings to Disney park goers and store patrons alike. Both the and the feature a variety of perks with the main difference between them being rewards rates and fees. Show More Summary

The Ultimate Guide to Financial Aid for Pets

When it comes to our pets, they’re more than just animals – they are members of our family. As such, many pet owners would do anything to ensure their pets live long, healthy lives. This would include paying thousand annually on everything from routine wellness care to everyday supplies like food. Show More Summary

Five Reasons I Love Living in Flyover Country

In February of 2015, my husband left his demanding job in a mortuary to work with me on our home-based business. All of a sudden, we went from having almost no freedom to having all the freedom in the world. This also meant that, for the first time in our lives, we could live anywhere we want. Show More Summary

13 Ways to Beat the Single-Person Penalty

Being single means never having money squabbles with a significant other. But it also tends to mean no one with whom to share financial goals. According to a new survey from TD Ameritrade, singles aged 37 and older are feeling insecure about saving, homeownership, and retirement. Show More Summary

The Battle Between Freedom and Affluence

During two of the years I was in college, I had enough scholarships to provide me with a small living stipend if I lived off-campus in an apartment, so that was a personal challenge that I took on. I lived dirt cheap during those years, pulling out every trick in the book of frugality. Show More Summary

3 Cash Back Credit Cards That Earn You 5% This Quarter

We’re three-fourths of the way through 2017, which means it’s time to update your quarterly bonus categories for your cash back credit cards. The,, and Citi® Dividend are each offering 5% cash back at select stores right now. If youShow More Summary

How Block Scheduling Has Solved Some of My Greatest Career (and Life) Challenges to Date

For many years, I was a huge fan of the to-do list as the primary tool to keep on top of the myriad of things I had to take care of in my life. To-do lists were the backbone upon which I built The Simple Dollar. In the last year or so, however, to-do lists have moved to being a secondary tool. Show More Summary

The Struggle Against Fleeting Wants and Desires

I have a bunch of unread books on my Kindle and many books that I’m on the reserve list for at several different libraries, yet when I come across an interesting new release, I want to read it. I have shelves full of board games in my...Show More Summary

Collecting Badges: A New Way to Get a Leg Up at Work?

When you think of professional development, you might envision going back to school for a master’s degree or Ph.D. While advanced degrees will generally increase your earning power, they’re also very expensive and time consuming. Bloomberg...Show More Summary

How to Maximize Rewards During Southwest Flash Sale

Southwest flyers and spontaneous travelers have a reason to celebrate — at least until Thursday. As part of a limited-time fare sale, Southwest Airlines is offering astonishingly low rates on many domestic and international flights. Flyers can depart from over 100 cities, including locations in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico. Show More Summary

Some Thoughts on Raising Children to Make Good Financial Choices

When I first started The Simple Dollar, I had one child, who was a toddler at the time. Since then, we’ve had two more children, and our oldest is now a preteen. Along the way, I’ve been very into the idea that I need to teach my children good personal finance practices. Show More Summary

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