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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

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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

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Supporting a Passion for Movies on a Reasonable Budget

Erica writes in with a question for the Mailbag that wound up with an answer that was just too long: My husband and I are

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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.

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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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Building a Lifetime of Positive Financial Influences

The United States has a paycheck-to-paycheck financial culture. The truth is that 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, with virtually no emergency savings to

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DirecTV Now: Cord Cutter’s Dream or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

By Chris Brantner With the addition of DirecTV Now, the satellite TV company’s new entry into streaming television, there’s yet another cord-cutting option on the market,

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Cutting the Cord? How to Find Cheap High-Speed Internet That Can Handle Streaming Video

By Chris Brantner One of the things that nearly everyone can agree on is cable and internet packages are way too expensive. That’s why it’s

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 14): Trimming Your Spending – Entertainment

“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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Why Podcasts Are the Best Entertainment Bargain on the Internet – and 30 Great Ones to Enjoy

Whenever I’m sitting at my desk working, I’m almost always listening to a podcast. Whenever I’m in the car, I’m almost always listening to a

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The Disney Savings Account: Is There a Better Way to Save for Your Dream Vacation?

While there’s no denying that Disney vacations are expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money on your trip. Stay in an off-site condo instead of

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How to Cut Cable and Still Watch the MLB Playoffs

By Chris Brantner Major League Baseball fans love October, because it means weeks of playoff baseball — all starting with the first Wild Card game on Tuesday. Even

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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

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Tips for Getting Cheap Internet Service

Internet access has become such an important fixture in our lives that, in most American households, it’s considered a required monthly utility, along the lines of the

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The Disney Hangover: Are Brand-Name Vacations Worth the Price?

If you ask nearly any American kid about their trip of a lifetime, almost all will mention Walt Disney World or Disney Land. Obviously, my

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Avoiding the Temptation to Spend Money on ‘Free-to-Play’ Online Games

Max wrote in with a great question that started off in the reader mailbag, but eventually grew into a rather long post. Here’s what he

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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

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My Ultimate Guide to Free Things That I Love to Do

Dana writes in: What exactly is all of this “free stuff” you talk about doing all the time with your family and your friends? I’d

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