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Questions About Insurance, Blogging, Basic Income, Loan Cosigning 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

04.30.16
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12 Cheap Plant-Based Meals That Our Family Enjoys All the Time

Like every other American family with three children in the home, our family is busy. It seems like there’s something going on practically every night,

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A Letter to Anyone Who Wants More Than They Have Right Now

Dear friend, Several years ago, I was incredibly dissatisfied with my life. I was in a great deal of debt. I lived in a tiny

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Our Nine Biggest Missteps on the Road to Financial Independence – and How We Are Fixing Them

Over the past 10 years, my wife and I have paid off literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt on salaries that, except for one

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The $15 Retirement Plan

Some days – in fact, many days – I spend $15 in a way that isn’t the smartest. I’ll go out to eat for lunch,

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25 Free Things to Do to Make Today Feel Awesome

Here’s a key truth I’ve come to realize about my spending habits. When I’m unhappy with myself or my life, I am much, much more

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Questions About Credit Reports, Parenting, Surgery Payments, 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

04.23.16
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10 Things You Need to Do Before You Start Investing

Over the years, I’ve answered literally thousands of questions from readers in the weekly Reader Mailbag articles here on The Simple Dollar (these great questions

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What Packing for an Amazing Weekend Can Teach You About Your Financial Life

Imagine, if you will, that it’s Friday morning. (This shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for some of you, considering that this post is

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Five Big Reasons Why It’s So Hard to Make Financial Progress – and Strategies for Overcoming Each One

While I love writing and talking about all of the benefits of financial independence and financial progress, I’ll be the first to admit that the

04.20.16
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Why Emulating the Affluent Is a Terrible Way to Make Spending Choices

I’m going to boil this down for you into a simple question. Would you rather appear wealthy or be wealthy? The reality is that, for

04.19.16
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20 Key Strategies for Finding Incremental Savings in Your Life

One of my favorite personal finance tactics is to find “incremental savings” in my life and do what it takes to implement them. So what

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Questions About Hail Damage, Inheritance, Startups, Cheapness 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

04.16.16
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How to Use Free Resources to Educate Yourself on Nearly Any Subject

We live in an age where there are more educational resources available to the average person than there ever have been before. For the lifetime

04.15.16
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Using What’s Already in Your Pantry to Make Amazing ‘Free’ Meals

Whenever I open our pantry door, I’m almost assaulted by the quantity of goods that I find in there. I see jars of pasta sauce,

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How Establishing a More Joyful Daily Routine Can Save You Money and Make Life Better

The happier I feel about my everyday life, the less inclined I am to spend money on anything beyond the necessities. I stay well within

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Circulation: A Simple Case for Charity

Yesterday, I published an article entitled What Spending a $10,000 Windfall Can Teach You About Your Everyday Finances in which I briefly spoke about the

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What Spending a $10,000 Windfall Can Teach You About Your Everyday Finances

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the excellent personal finance book All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth

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