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Questions About 401(k) Fees, Razors, Camping with Kids, 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

01.14.17
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Frugality, Freedom, and Peace

A few days ago, my oldest son flushed the toilet on the main floor. When he did that, two things happened. First, the chain attaching

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Does ‘Spending Pennies to Make Dollars’ Really Make Sense?

You come home from work. There’s a big pile of laundry that needs to be sorted and washed. You also need to make dinner. You

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 22): Using ‘the Gap’ and Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation

“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

01.11.17
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How to Plan a Great, Low-Cost Valentine’s Day Surprise

Some of you are going to see the topic of this article, check the calendar, and be completely confused. Valentine’s Day? That’s more than a

01.10.17
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Finding the Line Between Frugality and Deprivation

Frugality is a spectacular tool for immediately seeing positive financial results in your life. Whenever you find ways to get most of the same value

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Questions About Matching Funds, Light Bulbs, Library Book Sales, 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

01.07.17
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Inspiration from Socrates, Abraham Lincoln, Carrie Fisher, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I

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Macrobudgeting and Microbudgeting

Most people, when they think of a personal budget, think of what I would describe as a “microbudget.” It’s the traditional kind, where you divide

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 21): Starting a Side Business

“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

01.04.17
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The Secret of Inverse Vacation Planning

Last summer, Sarah and I took our family to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a couple of days as part of our summer vacation looping

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Why You Should Reduce Media Costs and 12 Strategies for Doing So

Recently, I spent a large portion of a day with an acquaintance who left his television on all of the time, tuned almost exclusively to

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Questions About Wealthy Coworkers, Regretted Purchases, Money Anger, 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

12.31.16
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How I Use Evernote, My Most Essential Free Online Tool

A few weeks ago, I answered a mailbag question from Jim, who wanted to know how I use Evernote. I gave him an answer that

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Using Your Credit Card Bill as a Wake-Up Call

Here’s a little exercise for you to try out. Take out your latest credit card bill from your most frequently used credit card. Print it

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 20): Finding a Better Job

“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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Movin’ Out

It seems such a waste of time If that’s what it’s all about Mama if that’s movin’ up Then I’m movin’ out Almost every person

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Lean Financial Independence: Early Retirement on a Supertight Budget

Sarah and I are at an interesting crossroads in our financial journey, one we’ve alluded to a few times recently. As we’ve said before, our

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