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The Quantified Spender: How Keeping Careful Track of Your Spending Behavior Is Valuable
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Recently, I attended a community lecture about the idea of the “quantified self,” something I’ve vaguely touched on before here on The Simple Dollar. The “quantified self” simply means that you keep track of information related to yourself in as many ways as possible, ideally in passive ways, and then you use that accumulated data […]

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9 Tactics for Figuring Out If You Really Need a Tempting Purchase
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It’s a pretty familiar feeling for everyone at some time or another in their life. You’re doing some household chore and you realize that having some particular item would make this task more convenient, so you add that item to your shopping list. Or, maybe, you’re at the store and you see something that is […]

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The Power of the Spice Rack: How Simple Spices, Aromatics, and Other Simple Additions Can Transform Bland Staples Into Amazing Foods
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I am a huge advocate for making low cost meals at home. It’s been one of our biggest money savers over the past several years, trimming our cost per meal for our family well below $1 per meal, which means we can feed a family of five for about $400-450 per month, and we do […]

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The Imitation Game
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“You are the average of your five closest friends.” – Jim Rohn I often use that quote on this site because it really hits home with a lot of truth. Look at the five people who you value the most in this world and most want to spend time with. Take an average of the […]

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The Observer Effect and Your Money
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Recently, I’ve been trying to carefully track my working time in order to get some sense as to how I spend my time, what times of the day I focus best, and so on. The goal is to make my work as efficient as possible. What I’ve found, though, is that the simple act of […]

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Questions About Skillet Meals, Balance Transfers, Status Symbols, 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. Planning around low interest loans 2. Worried about financial crisis 3. Figuring out cremation costs 4. CPAs and taxes 5. Status symbols and […]

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Inspiration from Agnes Obel, Marcus Aurelius, Kurt Vonnegut, and More
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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. Friedrich Nietzsche on friendship and marriage “It is not lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” […]

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How to Become ‘The Millionaire Next Door’
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One of the most influential books I’ve ever read in terms of shaping my thoughts on personal finance and helping me figure out what to do. This is one of a few books I read at my financial low point, along with Your Money or Your Life and The Total Money Makeover, that really helped […]

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The ‘Buy It For Life’ Compendium, Volume 2
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About two years ago, I published a lengthy compendium of “buy it for life” product suggestions, because I’m regularly asked such in the reader mailbag. What this article contains are updated entries about most of the items in the original article, as well as my notes about new “buy it for life” items that I’ve […]

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Frugality, Freedom, and Peace
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A few days ago, my oldest son flushed the toilet on the main floor. When he did that, two things happened. First, the chain attaching the lever to the flapper became disconnected and the chain fell straight down under the flapper, so when the tank emptied, the flapper didn’t fall back in place. In other […]

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