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The High Price of Free Games

Last Christmas, I got my six-year old daughter a Kindle Fire for Christmas. It was to be her “big gift” of the year, and I thought it would be great for long car rides and fun, educational games. I expected her to love it, which she did, but there was one thing I didn’t expect – …

Walking, Bicycling, Driving, and Cost-Effectiveness

Recently, it was announced that a grocery store is opening within two miles of my home. This is actually pretty good news for me as, prior to that announcement, the only grocery store anywhere nearby was more than 10 miles away. I would simply have to drive to a different town for groceries. This means …

Pay for Your Honeymoon With Credit Card Rewards

More and more newlyweds are putting off their honeymoons. A lot of busy couples reach this decision because of scheduling conflicts, while others simply see no hurry to rush it. But other soon-to-be-married couples are putting off their honeymoons for one reason only: money. In many cases, that’s probably an excellent decision. While it’s certainly …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Questions About Lawnmowers, Banking Privacy, Self-Learning, Ice, Summer Reading and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Children as insurance policy? 2. Exercise outside the gym 3. Installing solar panels? 4. Bank violation of privacy 5. A frugal society is bad? 6. Buy …

Categories: Reader Mailbag

10 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

In the summer of 2007, my wife and I purchased our first home. As a first-time home buyer, I knew we needed to spend a considerable amount of time researching our purchase. So that’s exactly what we did – we read as much as we could, educated ourselves on the local real estate market, and …

What to Bring to College: The Smart (and Frugal) College Checklist

Angela writes in: In nine days, our oldest son is graduating from high school. He will be the first one in our family to go to college as he is going to [a major state school]. While we have spent a lot of time figuring out scholarships and financial aid and other things, we are really …

Sometimes

Most of the time, I have my financial house in pretty good shape. I follow my well-planned grocery list at the grocery store. I don’t spend much money on stuff I don’t need. I keep us on track with our family’s budget. I don’t spoil my children with expensive stuff or experiences. I save plenty …

Categories: Getting Started

Eight Tips to Make Credit Cards Work for You, Not Against You

A credit card can be a valuable tool if you know how to use it properly. Likewise, using credit cards irresponsibly can lead to a world of hurt. If you need an example of how badly things can go, look no further than your neighbors, friends, and relatives. According to the most recent statistics, the …

Three Questions

Ask yourself these three questions, right now. If you died right now, in your final moments, what would upset you that you hadn’t taken care of? If you knew you had only one more day to live, what would you do with that day? Why aren’t you taking care of those things right now? I …

How to Save Money: 100 Great Tips to Get You Started

No matter where you are on your financial journey, you need to know that it’s possible for anyone to turn their financial life around. Sometimes all it takes is that first step in the right direction to get things moving in your favor. But, as with most things, sometimes that very first step is the …

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