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A-la-Carte Cable TV Is Basically Here (It’s Just Not on Cable)

When you dive into a frugal lifestyle, you can feel like a pariah for even owning a TV. “I don’t own a television” is the

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Replacing Three Common Service Plans to Save Hundreds a Month

Over the last 20 or 30 years, most Americans have come to accept three new service bills into their life. Each one is expensive, with two of

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10 Cheap DIY Halloween Costume Ideas (and What They Cost)

From candy to costumes, Americans spend an insane amount of money on Halloween each year: a whopping $6.9 billion in 2015, according to National Retail

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11 Fun Things to Do That Actually Earn Money

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article entitled “40 Free (or Extremely Low-Cost) Things I Genuinely Enjoy Doing – and You Might, Too!”

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40 Free (or Extremely Low-Cost) Things I Genuinely Enjoy Doing – and You Might, Too

A reader recently “called me out” via Facebook: I don’t really buy your claim that there are more “free” things to do than you have

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A Look at Our Inexpensive Vacation in Wisconsin

Last summer, my family went on a rather expensive family vacation in the southeast United States. As is our family tradition, we try hard to

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The High Price of Free Games

Last Christmas, I got my six-year old daughter a Kindle Fire for Christmas. It was to be her “big gift” of the year, and I thought

102 Things to Do on a Money-Free Weekend

Some time ago, I offered up the idea of the money-free weekend: For the last few months, my wife and I have been doing something every

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10 Strategies for Beating a Spending Addiction

Most of us enjoy occasional splurges where we buy new things for ourselves – that’s normal. However, for some people, that rush grows into an

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Everything You Need to Know About Listening to Podcasts, My Favorite Free Form of Entertainment

I spend the equivalent of a full-time job working at my computer or laptop, and that’s usually with audio turned on. On top of that,

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12 Wildly Romantic Gestures in Movies

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is frugal, too. Sure, splurging on a diamond necklace, an exotic getaway, a cherished memento, or a fancy

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Cheap, Fun Things Singles Can Do on Valentine’s Day

In Seattle, home to so many of the nation’s hipsters, Valentine’s Day has taken on some very unique incarnations among the singles crowd. Just ask

How to Save Money When You’re Single

If you’re single and haven’t been told to buy a crock pot, consider yourself lucky. It’s probably a sign that you’re doing a fine job making

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Disney on a Budget: Managing the Magic for Less

I’ll admit it – I have a serious Disney addiction. Not as bad as some, it’s true. (I know a woman who logs in to

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32 Simple (and Free) Ways to Entertain Your Kids

Winter break is upon us, so you know what that means: last-minute holiday shopping, travel preparations, and children bouncing off the walls awaiting the arrival of

The Ultimate Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord

Cable television is expensive, not just in terms of money but also in terms of time. The service costs money, as does the electricity that

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13 Perks to Take Advantage of in College

Not to alarm you, but college is going to cost you a lot of money. Okay, so it’s no shocker that college and money go

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How to Curb the Rising Costs of Parenting

Parenting is the most difficult yet rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. It definitely hasn’t been easy on my pockets, either. And apparently, I’m not

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