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Questions About Summer Parties, Tea Kettles, Cooler Cooking, Lifestyle Inflation, 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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I Am Not Making This a Priority in My Life

It’s a pretty regular routine in my life. I see something I want to change in my life. I think about it. I come up

06.23.17
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Some Thoughts on the Choices We Make When Decorating Our Homes

I was recently made aware of a fascinating business called Books by the Foot. This business buys bulk books from publishers and libraries and other

06.22.17
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18 Clever Ways to Make Frugality a Highly Social Endeavor

It’s easiest to be frugal when you’re flying solo. When all you have to think about is yourself and your own internal demands, it’s easier

06.21.17
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10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Pasta (Smart Staple Strategies #3)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

06.20.17
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How to Identify (and Take Advantage of) ‘Loss Leaders’ in Grocery and Department Store Flyers

Almost every department and grocery store chain in America produces a weekly flyer describing the sales of the week in the store. The stores do

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Questions About Travel Guides, Trusts, Unwanted Hobby Items, Summer Reading 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

06.17.17
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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking and Nature Walking at Minimal Cost

About two years ago, I wrote a pretty well received article on how to get started with eight great frugal hobbies. I had a lot

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How Cognitive Loading Undermines Your Good Financial Decisions

One of the earliest posts on The Simple Dollar was centered around a trip to the grocery store that I took with my then-one year

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The ‘One Bag Challenge’: What I Learned by Living Out of a Single Duffel Bag

A few months ago, I spent some time reading about people who are essentially “digital nomads,” meaning that they live their lives with a very

06.14.17
black bean stew

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Beans (Smart Staple Strategies #2)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

06.13.17
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20 Gift Ideas for That Frugal Person in Your Life

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written, at least as judged by the reader feedback I’ve received, is Holiday Gift Ideas for the

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Questions About Skills, Boredom, Coffee, Target Retirement Funds, Overdue Bills 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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Reflecting What You Value in How You Spend Your Money (and Other Resources)

Every few months, I like to go through all of my spending for a month, tabulate how every single dollar was spent, sort and group

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Sweat the Big Stuff and the Frequent Stuff.

A friend of mine was visiting the other day – we’ll call this friend Donnie – and I offered Donnie a cup of coffee. He

06.08.17
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Nine Simple Lifestyle Changes to Ease the Challenge of Getting Rid of a Car

For the first few years of my post-college professional life, I didn’t own a car. I lived in a small apartment on the edge of

06.07.17
rice in a bowl

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Rice (Smart Staple Strategies #1)

For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about some smart strategies for using leftover staple foods – things like rice, beans, pasta, and

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Six Strategies for Deleting Stale Spending from Your Life

A few days ago, I was reviewing my credit card bill and I noticed some expenses that surprised me. Two of them were annual renewals