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Eight Money Mistakes the Middle Class Keeps Making

About half of Americans lived in middle-income households in 2014, according to Pew Research. This demographic includes families with incomes two-thirds to double the U.S. median household

03.15.17
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Here’s What Our $150-a-Week Grocery Budget and Meal Plan Looks Like in Real Life

When my husband and I got serious about our finances years ago, our food spending was out of control. We were just two people and

03.14.17
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What NOT to Do When Selling Your Home

I’ll never forget an open house I visited in 2008. I asked our realtor to look around for some larger homes – possibly a two-story

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14 Savings Hacks That Don’t Always Work

Have you ever jumped through hoops to save money, only to find you paid more – or, wasted a bunch of time? Maybe you misread

03.07.17
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An Advanced Degree Can Help You Earn More Money – and Spend It All, If You’re Not Careful

For many college graduates, an advanced degree is a one-way ticket to earning more. By working beyond a bachelor’s degree, new graduates can climb the

03.01.17
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How Comprehensive Insurance Saved Me From a ‘Bad Gas’ Nightmare

On Jan, 6 of this year, something crazy happened to us that I’ll never forget. After finishing up a week in Puerto Rico for winter break,

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10 Friends Who Will Ruin Your Finances If You Let Them

We’ve always heard a good friend is “worth their weight in gold.” But is that always true? With some friends, absolutely. A good friend can be

02.26.17
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13 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

Whether you ran out of time to make dinner, have a hankering for barbecued meat, or simply don’t want to cook, a rotisserie chicken could

02.22.17
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Start Saving for Your Summer Vacation Now

A 2016 study from the U.S. Travel Association showed that more than half (55%) of Americans didn’t take all their paid vacation days in 2016.

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Eight Frugal Ways to Ward Off Cabin Fever

Snowmen and hot cocoa are nice and all, but for many of us the novelty of the cold and snow begins to wear off shortly after

02.15.17
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Five Ways to Give Yourself a Raise

If you got a huge raise at the end of the year, consider yourself lucky. A deluge of data both new and old show that annual

02.13.17
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Fancy Vacations? What Kids Really Want Is Your Time

Ever since my husband and I had children, family vacation has always been a priority in our house. At least once per year, I love

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for $50 or Less

TSD’s Holly Johnson and Jon Gorey have, well, different perspectives on some things. Here, they share some ideas for a frugal Valentine’s Day date night.

02.02.17
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How to Find the Perfect (Frugal) Valentine’s Gift

When it comes to holidays that place unreasonable expectations on our wallets, Valentine’s Day has got to be the worst. Every time early February rolls

01.30.17
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Is Shopping at Walmart Worth the Savings?

I’ll never forget the day my daughter and I spent 53 minutes in line at Walmart. It started innocently enough. My seven-year-old needed a new

01.29.17
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How and Why to Tell Your Kids ‘No’

Do you ever get sick of telling your kids “no” all the time? Do you feel bad saying “no,” even though you know you should? This

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Airport Lounge Access Is Sweet, Sweet Luxury – But Can It Save You Money, Too?

The fact that we can fly to the other side of the world never ceases to amaze me. After enduring an initial trip to the airport,

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14 New Personal Finance Books to Read in 2017

Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned about money have come from personal finance books. While reading Your Money or Your Life, for example,

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