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Reader Mailbag #92

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments.

Chicago book signing and meet and greet

After lots of amazing planning work on the part of my stellar publicist and sales team at Simon and Schuster, my book tour is becoming a reality. The final details on the later stops (LA, NY, KC, DC) are still being ironed out, but I can go ahead and announce the first event since it is confirmed and ready to go: Chicago –> December 28, 2009. 4-7 p.m. The Book Cellar. 4736-38 N.

Freelance Freedom #134

Financial Balance Lets You Enjoy Tomorrow AND Today

This article is the 11th of a 13-part 14-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. It originally appeared at Soul Shelter in a slightly different form. For more than a decade, I was buried in debt. My relationship with money was poor. I earned a decent salary, but I couldn’t seem to get ahead.

37 Inspirational Videos: Stories That Motivate You to Come Alive

It’s been an extraordinary year. And, as one of my thank you gifts for 2009, I’ve compiled this collection of 37 stunningly inspirational videos. Some you may know, many others will been new to you. But, each has immense power to instantly change your state of mind, your state of being…and your life. Not because of the cinematography, the music or the editing.

Holiday Giveaways, Freebies and More!

It’s hard to believe it’s almost a new decade, and with 2010 just around the corner it’s time to get celebrating the holiday season.

No Impact Man screening and Christmas consumption discussion

From the No Impact Project:Every year, growing numbers of us are unhappy with the shopping frenzy that surrounds the holidays but most of us don’t know how to get off the treadmill.

Forging Habits of Steel: 7 Tips on Making and Breaking Habits

Habits make the man. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” If you want to be productive, you need the habit of planning. If you want to be physically fit, you need the habit of exercise.

"The [Three] Great Interests of Man."

"the great interests of man: air and light, the joy of having a body, the voluptuousness of looking." I always credited these lines to Wallace Stevens, but when I looked them up to check my memory, I realized that Stevens is actually quoting Mario Rossi in the epigraph to the poem, Evening Without Angels. Now that I'm looking at the poem, how can I resist quoting the last stanza? . . .

Review: Lifelines for Money Misfortunes

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. A couple years ago, I reviewed Stephen Pollan and Mark Levine’s earlier book Die Broke. I found it really interesting for the first half – which focuses on investing in yourself – and completely faulty in the second half, which talks about specific investment choices.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Uncluttered search results with Google SearchWikiThe Google SearchWiki allows you to customize your search results. Unitasker Wednesday: Beehive pizza oven 2008 Unclutterer Gift Giving GuideGet ready for the holiday season with the 2008 Unclutterer Gift Giving Guide. Workspace of the Week: A place for everythingGayleRB’s home office and craft area stand out as an organized and effectiv

Personal Finance 101: What Does FDIC Insurance Really Mean?

One of the biggest things I encourage people to look for when they open a bank account is that the bank is FDIC insured. Most banks operating in the United States offer this insurance. In an era where people are more than a little worried about bank failures and the like, FDIC insurance is vital. But what exactly is it? Charlie writes in: What exactly is FDIC insurance? How does it work?

Free $10 on Amazon (or Why to Read Fine Print)

By Elizabeth Sanberg Last week I ordered a GPS on Amazon.com. There was a "special offer" for a free Wired magazine subscrption and a couple bucks worth of free mp3s I was happy to take advantage of the MP3 credit, but a Wired magazine subscription? Not something I would necessarily take advantage of. Fast forward a few days.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 5, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

The First Step Towards Getting Out of Debt

A while back (has it been almost eighteen months already?), I wrote a very detailed article about coming up with a debt repayment plan. This plan works – it’s what I did when I realized that I was in serious financial trouble and needed to overcome it. Yet it’s not the first step in the process.