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Wealth Is Not a Route to Happiness. What Is?
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I recently read a great article by Peter Singer on the general topic of effective altruism entitled The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle, which was originally published in New Internationalist. In the article, Singer’s primary focus is on personal happiness and whether helping others is aligned with it. The article contained a key quote […]

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The Real Costs of Dog Ownership
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In the summer of 2015, our family collectively decided to get a pet dog. I was by far the least enthusiastic about the idea at the time, as I’ve never been a real enthusiastic pet owner, but after a lot of discussion, we made the choice to get a family dog. We decided to adopt […]

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Use the Tools You Have Now Instead of Dreaming of the Tools You’ll Have Later
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I had a great conversation recently with a gentleman in his early fifties who, upon being introduced to me and learning that I had been a full-time personal finance writer for several years, had been looking for a chance to have a conversation with me privately. Let’s call him Gene. It turns out that Gene […]

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Three Famous Athletes Who Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Frugality
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Professional athletes often find themselves on shaky financial footing when they retire. This happens despite the fact that many of them make more money in one year than the average worker will make in a lifetime. Lifestyle inflation is real, people. As you accumulate expensive things, you expect more and better things in the future. […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 26): Considering Insurance
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we finished up our examination of investing and saving for specific goals with a broader look at saving for smaller goals, such as a car or […]

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for $50 or Less
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TSD’s Holly Johnson and Jon Gorey have, well, different perspectives on some things. Here, they share some ideas for a frugal Valentine’s Day date night. Valentine’s Day may be nothing more than a Hallmark holiday, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Whether or not you choose to acknowledge it, your sweetie may be […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 25): Investing and Saving for Other Goals
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we took a look at saving and investing for educational needs, which pairs up nicely with our earlier look at saving for retirement. Retirement and college […]

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Questions About Psychology, Repetitive Meals, CDs, Sore Throats, and More!
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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. The psychology of saving money 2. To refinance or not? 3. Parents selling off possessions 4. Highly repetitive meals 5. Personal growth and […]

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