09.24.16
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What Should I Do With My Life? The Fundamental Question of Personal Finance – and a Surprising Answer

For most of my life, I’ve just drifted. I would work passionately at one thing for a while, then I’d burn out on that thing

09.23.16
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Five Strategies for Finding Other Frugal and Financial Independence Minded People

One of the biggest concerns that people have when they’re financially rebooting their life is how they’re going to find people to fill their social

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 6): The Big Boost

“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

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The Closet Lesson: What the Stuff in Your Closet Can Teach You About Personal Finance

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a long-term project of cleaning out the various closets and storage spaces around our home, determining

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Attentional Bias: Why You Talk Yourself Into Buying the Thing You’re Obsessing Over in Your Head… and How to Stop It

Every few days, my attention will be grabbed by some new thing (or, on occasion, some old thing that had slipped my mind). Maybe it’s

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Questions About Checklists, Birthday Parties, Firewood, Shaving, and More!

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

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Breaking the Cycle of Repeated Financial Mistakes

Human beings are creatures of habit. Most of the time, those habits are a good thing – they ensure that our basic needs are met

09.16.16
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Eight Strategies We Use for Making Leftovers Great (and Saving Lots of Money in the Process)

Leftovers. You make a meal, your family eats it, and some of it is left behind. Quite often, it’s not nearly as good the second

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 5): A Living Budget

“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

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Don’t Think About What You Want. Think About What It Would Take to Get It.

One of the easiest personal finance tips out there is to simply stop wanting more stuff. It’s simple, but it’s true – if you had

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Financial and Personal Success and the Cardinal Virtues

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that financial success isn’t a cause, it’s an effect. What I mean by that is that there are

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Questions About Warren Buffett, Halloween Candy, Gift Cards, and More!

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

09.10.16
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The Packet Drawer – and 15 Other Little Frugal Strategies from My Social Circle

I was visiting an old friend of mine who wanted me to sample a jar of pickled cucumbers. While he was opening the jar, he

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Some Thoughts on Conspicuous Consumption – and Less Expensive Ways to Show Your Status

A few days ago, I commented on a friend’s wristwatch. I happened to notice it because the face of the watch was black, which actually

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 4): Figuring Out Your True Hourly Wage – and What It Means

“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

09.07.16
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Frugality and Long-Term Financial Success

Like many people who suddenly realize how bad their financial situation is, we dove hard into frugality during the first few months of our financial

09.06.16
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How to Celebrate a Child’s Birthday Without Breaking the Bank

This past weekend, my daughter celebrated her birthday in a relatively quiet and subdued fashion. Some of her friends who have reached the same age

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Questions About Having Children, Clearing Drains, Making Coffee, and More!

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

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