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14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Ironically, there are a lot of broken hearts on Valentine’s Day. Those of us in relationships often have high expectations of our partners, and when they fall short of what we think we should receive on February 14 or how we should be treated, well, the result is often the antithesis of what Valentine’s Day […]

Eleven Ways I Entertain Myself for Free

As you read this article, my town is facing the brunt of an enormous winter storm. We’re anticipating between one and two feet of snow with winds in the 30 miles per hour range with gusts much higher than that, which means that we’re...Show More Summary

How to Avoid Feeling Disconnected from the Numbers

I’ve been saving for retirement in some fashion or another since I was 22 years old. That means I’ve been accumulating money in various retirement accounts for about a decade and a half. Honestly, I don’t look at the balances of those accounts very often. Show More Summary

Black Coffee: The Deflation Bogeyman and America’s Decline

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, […]

Jump

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of watching an excellent speech by Steve Harvey. Harvey gave this speech on the set of Family Feud, a game show that he hosts, to the audience while waiting between episodes. I encourage you to give it a watch, but I transcribed it below. Harvey is a... The post Jump appeared first on The Simple Dollar.

Black Coffee: The Blurred Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Here we go … Credits and Debits Credit: The latest US employment data shows that 292,000 new jobs […]

Why GoPro’s Stock Is Tumbling

Camera sales are down and a media play hasn't yet generated meaningful revenue

Easy New Year’s Money Moves: 5 Things To Do This January

With the coming of a new year, we’re all eager to develop better habits. After a week or two of sugary treats and rich meals, we can’t wait to reach for the Caesar salads and steamed veggies. And after a month of intense spending and...Show More Summary

7 Perks Money Buys You

You might be surprised to hear this, but I did not win the $900 million jackpot on Saturday (now up to $1.3 BILLION btw – wow). I have, however, won earned almost half a million over the course of my lifetime, and with it comes a number of perks similar to that of winning the lottery :) Here’s a handful of them, for all those […]

Black Coffee: It’s Time to Batten Down the Hatches

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. I just got back from a long business trip, so I’ve got an espresso edition for your enjoyment. […]

Double-Header Dinner Ideas: Three Easy Recipes for Back-to-Back Nights

Food spending is a big but often malleable part of the average American budget, which means it can be an easy place to look for savings. And two of the simplest, most effective ways to spend less money on food are to a) cook at home and b) waste less food. Show More Summary

Inspiration from Fred Rogers, Benjamin Franklin, David Foster Wallace, Marcus Aurelius and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Fred Rogers on compromise “It’s very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. Show More Summary

Black Coffee: The Happy New Year Edition

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Happy New Year, everyone! Away we go … Credits and Debits Debit: Despite being $72 billion in debt and guilty of defaulting on a portion of its bond payments last summer — with more defaults expected this month — Puerto Rico still gave […]

Episode 674: We Cooked A Peacock

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.

Nine Frugal Strategies for Tackling the Winter Blues

Time for a confession: I get hit hard by the winter blues. Sometime in November or early December, I hit an absolute wall when it comes to my personal energy levels. I start just feeling exhausted and all I want to do is sleep, sleep, sleep. Show More Summary

Diversification: The Only Free Lunch in Investing

Diversification is a word you’ll hear a lot as you read about various investment strategies, and though it sounds fancy it’s actually a pretty simple idea both to understand and to take advantage of. It’s also the only way that you can decrease your investment risk without decreasing your expected return. Show More Summary

15 DIY Holiday Gifts Under $15

The average estimated spending on gifts this holiday season is a whopping $882 per person, according to the American Research Group. Don’t make the same mistakes you made last year — spending more doesn’t always make for a present better, but is guaranteed to make for a stressful beginning to the new year. Show More Summary

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