• Saving Pennies or Dollars? A One Car Family

    Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. I’m going to take some of the scenarios described by the readers there and try to break down the numbers …

  • Waste Not, Want Not: Strategies for Warehouse Club Shopping

    One of the big tricks of shopping successfully at a warehouse store (I use Sam’s Club because it’s the only one reasonably close to me) is knowing when to buy something in the bulk sizes available there. It’s not always the best move. For example, our local Sam’s Club often carries these giant 24 packs …

  • Reader Mailbag: Renewal

    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. Foreign country move 2. Is car replacement necessary? 3. Cell phone discount question 4. Collection sell-off 5. Car buying question with debt 6. Challenging home buying …