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We Haven’t Paid for TV in Years: Our Real-Life Experience Cutting Cable

About five years ago, I’d had enough with Comcast. They had wronged me in some way, yet again, and it was the last straw. Around

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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.

12.14.16
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Price-Drop Protection: This App Will Shake Down Retailers for the Money You’re Owed

Many of America’s biggest retailers have generous price-matching policies to make consumers feel better about making a purchase without hesitation. If you buy an item at Home

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The Personal Canon: Core Works of Art We Return to Time and Again for Inspiration

By Jon Gorey, Drew Housman, and Trent Hamm There’s something beautiful about the idea of refining an experience — that you can take the same walk to

07.18.16
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Retirement Investing 101: The Basics of an IRA

One of the best strategies to save for retirement is to use a tax-advantaged account such as a 401(k) or 403(b) offered through your employer. However,

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The Secret to Getting Great Concert and Sports Tickets for Cheap

We all want front row seats to see our favorite band play in an intimate venue, or to cheer on our beloved sports teams with a

06.09.16
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The Elves in the Attic: Making Old Toys New Again

My four-year-old daughter has been playing nonstop with a Little People barn for the past week. Now, if you have a young child, you know

06.05.16
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Our First Summer Jobs – and What We Learned From Them

Did you have a summer job as a teenager? If you were in high school between 1974 and 1994, chances are you did, according to a

05.17.16
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Two-Sided Coin: Save for the Future or Live for Today?

This is the fourth in a series of posts called the “Two-Sided Coin,” where TSD’s Jon Gorey and Holly Johnson take opposing viewpoints on personal finance topics. 

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Looking for Another Way to Make Money Online? Ask Wonder

Do you like scavenger hunts and getting to the bottom of a mystery? Are you good at Googling? Can you tell the difference between a

04.27.16
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Why Taking a Pay Cut Was the Best Career Move I Ever Made

When it comes to job offers, most of us are encouraged and conditioned to follow the money. And why wouldn’t we? Adding even a few hundred

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Two-Sided Coin: Is Debt the Devil?

This is the third in a series of posts called the “Two-Sided Coin,” where TSD’s Jon Gorey and Holly Johnson take opposing viewpoints on personal finance

04.05.16
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Two-Sided Coin: Should You Always Buy a Used Car?

This is the second in a series of posts called the “Two-Sided Coin,” where TSD’s Jon Gorey and Holly Johnson take opposing viewpoints on a number of personal

03.31.16
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Two-Sided Coin: Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the first in a series of posts called the “Two-Sided Coin,” where TSD’s Jon Gorey and Holly Johnson take opposing viewpoints on a number of personal

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Loan Money to Family? Sure, If It’s Uncle Sam

You’ve gathered all the paperwork, and you’ve gone through all the TurboTax prompts (not to mention three cups of coffee). With one final click, here comes

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Rocket Mortgage: Smart Idea, Terrible Super Bowl Ad

Millennials, many of whom are burdened with huge student debt loads, have been slow to buy their first homes — holding up the housing economy to some

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Smart Money? Colleges Divest from Fossil Fuels, Dodge the Oil Bust

Last year was the hottest year ever, handily beating the previous record — set in 2014. In fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have

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Double-Header Dinner Ideas: Three Easy Recipes for Back-to-Back Nights

Food spending is a big but often malleable part of the average American budget, which means it can be an easy place to look for savings. And

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